The New Year is approaching and makes us reflect on what happened in 2013. The end of a year and the start of a new one always represent a time for lists, plans and thoughts about changes we like to bring in our lives. If redecorating your home is part of your New Year’s list, then you will need some guidance on how to choose the perfect colors which go well with your home and personality. Check out our tips and tricks and dare to play with colors in 2014.
How to Choose Your Colors
Before painting the walls and mixing and matching the furniture, it is always better to be clear about how you can combine colors and which are the primary, secondary and tertiary ones. Maybe a color wheel can help you better understand which color goes where and which hue is derived from what tone of color.
Remember that there are only three primary colors, and those are yellow, red and blue. They are considered primary as they are pure and cannot be created or recreated using other colors.
Secondary colors are called this way because they can be formed when equal parts of two primary colors are being combined. We are sure you are aware of the fact that equal parts of yellow and blue make green. The secondary colors are green, purple and orange.
Finally the tertiary colors are a mixture of secondary and primary colors to create different hues, either less vivid, either darker than the start colors.
How to Create Your Color Scheme
The color wheel will help you create your personal color scheme which will fit your personality and home. There are four kinds of color schemes you can use as you desire.
Complementary colors. The complementary color scheme refers to the situation in which two opposing colors are used together, such as blue and orange. This color scheme will be creating a bold and energetic statement in your home.
Contrast colors. This color scheme is the most dramatic. Your home will definitely seem bold and volcanic if you choose this color scheme. You can use a combination such as blue-green, red-purple or orange-yellow.
Monochromatic colors. This color scheme uses tones of the same colors. So it’s simple, use black or white in order to darken or lighten a certain color.
Analogous colors. The analogues colors appear next to each other on the color wheel. For instance, blue will be used with purple or maybe green.
What to take into consideration before redecorating
1. Don’t forget about the lighting. Light reflects and deflects colors, constantly changing the hues throughout the day. Daylight hours represent the perfect timing to start mixing and matching the colors. Different lightings will change the appearance of color, so be careful where you want to plant your artificial light throughout the house.
2. Dare to use bold colors, but use them wisely. You need to keep in mind one thing: you will rapidly get bored with the bold colors. It is better to incorporate a bold color as an accent, and not as main color. Bold colors are usually those hues of the moment which can easily become obsolete.
3. Neutral colors don’t work in every home. We know it is common belief that you can use neutral hues whenever, whatever, especially as they were the stars of 2013, but this is not always true. It’s all about keeping balance. Of course, it depends on the location, on the house, on the architecture and on your own personality. Think about the fact that an entire neutral colored home can become boring.
4. Play with colors, but keep a certain continuity. It is better to use one or two colors throughout the house, and then mix in other accent hues or colors. It is wise to use one or two colors throught the entire house as to have a certain continuity.
5. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, especially in your own home. Sometimes you can be scared or unsure if it is wise to use a certain color. You should follow your own heart and personality. If you love a color, test it, use it and choose it if it really fits you and your home.
Do colors scare you or do you like to play with them? Which color scheme would you choose in 2014?
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