One of the most critical choices you will make when it comes to home decor is the colors you use for both the interior and exterior of your house. You want your home to be just the "right" colors, colors which are ideal for your lifestyle and family. There are thousands of colors for you to select from out there and sometimes it can feel overwhelming to make the final decision. Every design expert will have a different opinion about the best color choice for the exterior or interior of your home. So what are the best color choices for you? Keep reading for some advice from our own color scheme expert.
Your choice of colors does not have to be limited to just neutrals: bright colors are very popular too. Once upon a time rooms would be painted cream, beige or another soft color. Today you can have a fiery cinnamon colored room or even a deep purple eggplant colored room. There are almost unlimited choices. Look for colors that have a warmth which draws you in and reflects the light. You will feel the light through the room.
Choose colors that feel comfortable. When it comes time to paint the exterior or interior of your home, you want to choose the colors that you are the most comfortable with. Remember when you were younger, we all had favorite colors which we used whenever possible, in artwork or even for the color of our bedrooms? Now that we are older, we still have our favorite colors and using these is a great way to express ourselves. Your home should feel comfortable, like a pair of shoes you love to slip on that look and feel amazing. Pick colors that make you smile a mile wide.
Choosing colors is emotional, you may not know it, but there is actually something called color therapy. As human animals we react to colors in an emotional way. People in orange and red toned rooms are said to eat more than in other colored rooms. Often a blue toned room will make people feel calm. These reactions are usually intuitive and instinctual. You may not know why you react to a certain paint color, you just do. You either love a certain color for the interior or exterior of your home or you really do not. Trust your gut feeling and remind yourself that we often have highly emotional reactions to colors, even if we do not altogether understand them.
Choose colors that compliment your homes decor scheme or exterior. One of the biggest challenges people can have when selecting colors is when they fall in love with a particular color but it does not go with their existing decor. You are left with two choices: you can update your decor to match the new paint color or you can use that paint color as an accent (for instance on the moldings). The very best colors are ones that compliment your rug, sofa or other articles in the room. This does not mean you should use paint that is the exact same color as these objects – simply that the paint compliments them.
Do not be afraid to get creative with your color selection. We've all seen that house that takes our breath away. Somehow, they have produced a bit of painting magic. The house is painted in a bright orange that you would never think could work for the exterior of a home, but it actually looks amazing in context. As you look through the rest of the home it just gets better. Your shoulders sink as you see this masterpiece and then think of your own home. But they should not – because you can do this too! Take inspiration from some of the houses in your neighborhood, look closely and notice what they have done – do not be afraid to get a little creative with your selection.