Deciding on your house's interior colors? Here's how to choose the right color palette for your home: Consider your house's lighting, decide on a theme, and don't worry about trends. Read on to learn how you can use these tips before you start painting your home.
So you’ve decided to take the plunge and repaint your home? How exciting! But before you go ahead and paint your home a new color, you need to look at the overall aesthetics and color palette your home is in to ensure you pick the right shades. This is important not just for the color of the walls, but for all the decor, furniture, and items that adorn the interior and exterior of your house or apartment.
You might have a favorite color, but that doesn’t mean it will definitely translate well across your space. These tips from our experts at CasaOne will help you create the perfect color palette to suit your personality and lifestyle.
Consider all the elements
A lot of different factors come into play when colors and patterns work together in your home. Look at sources of artificial and natural lighting. A room can look a certain way in the day with plenty of sunlight, and look very different with only a small lamp in the night. It is crucial that you are happy in your home at all hours, so test out colors in small areas at a time before you give the full room a makeover. For example, use bedding in a bright shade of yellow to see how it looks during the day, and to get an idea of what the rest of the room and walls will look like in that shade.
Colors will also appear differently in each room of the house. The same shade of yellow might look darker or duller in your kitchen if the amount of light is less. Colors also show differently in yellow or white light, so you may need to switch out your bulbs to accommodate the change.
Pro tip: Keep a yellow light that is of the same intensity for all your bedrooms, TV room, living area, and dining room. Use white light for bathrooms and your kitchen to help you when using chemical products, makeup, cooking ingredients, and cleaning materials.
Decide on a theme
The theme of your color palette is something very personal to each individual. If you like a modern monochromatic approach, stick to whites and blacks or other dual tones. This may seem simple, but finding furniture, decor, and appliances in only two colors can prove challenging. Luckily for you, CasaOne has quite the selection to get you started.
Things get even more challenging when multiple opinions from different members of the household are involved. Some families allocate one room per person and they get to choose the color scheme for their room. Go for soothing oceanic tones for bedrooms for a calming atmosphere to sleep in. Your drawing-room, library, dining area, and lounge can be experimental with brighter hues and textured walls that complement the furniture.
Pro tip: If you can’t commit to one color for all your walls, then opt to paint your ceiling. Painting a high ceiling in a dark shade will give the illusion of it being lower, and go with a light color to make it appear higher. Another popular trend is to paint a single wall in a room for a focal point and dramatic appearance. It can be the wall where your TV or buffet table is for the right amount of emphasis.
Trends come quickly, but fade away just as fast
Painting the interior or exterior of your home is a serious commitment, so it’s important to remember that trends are always changing. You might find your friend’s bright lime-green wall exciting at first, but do it only if you’re sure you can live with it for years to come.
Pro tip: One of the best things you can do before committing to a color renovation is to work with what you have and upgrade slowly. Look at your bedsheets, pillow covers, curtains, and furniture. Can you club them into color themes and start from there?
Sometimes all it takes is one bright rug to pull everything else in the room together. Other times you may need to splurge a little on new appliances in one color scheme to make it look aesthetically pleasing. If you’re struggling, then reach out to our design experts who will customize your home to turn it into the one from your dreams!
How much does it cost to paint a house?
This will depend on the size of your house, how much of it you want to get painted, and what your budget is. Paints come in different sheens, textures, and brands and you should pick the one that suits your lifestyle.
How many layers of paint are required for the exterior of my house?
The exterior of your house is prone to more damage than your interiors. That is why experts recommend 2 and sometimes 3 coats of paint to protect your house and to ensure it lasts longer. Go for 3 layers if you live in an area that is highly polluted, if your home is next to a construction site or if your city suffers from harsh weather conditions.
What color combinations are good for the interior of my house?
For a timeless look, go for light shades that age well for many years. If you prefer a bold approach, mix and match colors that you love and that will go with the theme of each room. Bedrooms can be kept blue and light to encourage calmness, and you can experiment with louder colors in your kitchen and living areas.
What ground work is needed before painting a house?
Before you paint your house make sure you do thorough research on the foundation you will work with. Are your walls textured or smooth? This will influence what paint will stick and look best on it. Make sure you have all materials ready before you start painting, and if you are allergic to strong chemical smells, you may want to book yourself a room at a nearby hotel while the paint dries at your house.