Monday, July 16, 2018

Thinking of redecorating your home? Most people have their heart set on a colour scheme, but before you go wild with paint roller it could be worth doing your research into the types of colours available and the effects that each colour could have on your home. Some colours can create a mood whilst others may affect your home’s value. Here’s a guide to the various parts of the home and the best hues to use to make a positive impact.

The bathroom

In years gone by, it was trendy to have a colourful bathroom. Nowadays, there are few things uglier than a bright green bath tub. In fact, fixtures should almost always be kept in neutral colours – either white or grey.

Neutral colours work great in a bathroom because they create a clean and sterile feel. Such colours make dirt easy to show up, which helps to keep these places a clean environment. Companies like Crown Paints have a good range of neutral colour paints that are waterproof and suited to the bathroom.

It is possible to try small hints of colour. Whilst fixtures should be kept neutral, a baby blue colour scheme on the walls can help to create a calming aquatic feel that works perfect with wash-painted wooden cabinets. You can even go for blue and white ombre to resemble the sky. Pops of green, yellow and purple can also work over a neutral base colour (although you probably don’t want to attempt all three at the same time!).

Your kitchen

Kitchens are stimulating places that deserve energetic colour schemes. You probably don’t want to go too gaudy, but you can get away with many different colours.

Red and white is a traditional bold combo for creating a diner feel. Brown and orange meanwhile can give off a dusky oriental feel. For a cheery look, you could even try a sunshiny yellow.

If these are all too bold, why not try natural earth tones for something more rustic? This could include cabinets with a natural wood finish and grey stone countertops and tiles. Blue, white and silver can meanwhile create a sophisticated and clean look, suitable for older and newer properties alike.

Your bedroom

Bedrooms are a place of calm. Unlike a kitchen, you don’t want to use anything too bold that could give the room too much energy – whilst some people love warm colours like yellow, orange and red, they can sometimes come across a little too lively for this space of slumber.
Rich blues, dark greens and deep purples are all colours that are great for giving your bedroom that serene feel. If you find these colours too dark and gloomy, you can always try light grey with baby blue or light green with white.

Try to colour coordinate your bedding with the rest of the room – this could complement or contrast your walls. Companies such as Dunelm have a great range of bedding to choose from. Cabinets, chest of drawers and wardrobes should ideally be matched – these could be left a natural wood colour or painted to match the other tones of the room.

Your living room

The ultimate living room colour scheme depends largely on your lifestyle.

Is your living room a place for socialising and activity? Bright colours could help to make this energising space. Oranges and blues combining curved sofa designs could be great for groovy 60s flavour. White and yellow combined with light wooden cabinets and coffee tables can create a cheery and sunshiny feel. Meanwhile, for a warm Mediterranean flavour, try a mixture of grey and peach with some dark wood thrown in.

Want something calmer that’s better suited for a relaxing space? Blues and greens can work just as well as they do in the bedroom for creating this tranquil feel. For a feeling of lavishness and richness, you could try a dark purple hue on the walls, best paired with dark mahogany wood hues and more traditional furniture designs. Earthy browns and greens can meanwhile create a more rustic cottage feel.

Your hallway

The hallway is often the last room people consider when decorating their home, however it plays a vital part in the harmony of your home. Ideally it should link together all the other rooms. If you’ve gone for bold colour schemes throughout, you could try something more neutral for the hallway. If you’ve gone largely neutral throughout the home, you could create a contrastingly dramatic entrance with your hallway.

Hallways are often gloomy as they have the fewest windows so you may want to adopt brighter colour schemes – this can help to add a feeling more space to this cramped room as well as bringing in more light. You could go for a classic white for something bright and serene. For something wilder, you could adopt brightly coloured stairs or try a vibrant wallpaper scheme – think greens, reds and blues.

Your home’s exterior

Don’t forget the colour of your home’s exterior too – this could play a vital part in your home’s curb appeal.

The right colour scheme can vary a lot depending on the type of home that you own. You may not always want to paint over bricks, unless you’re aiming for that British seaside look. When it comes to siding, lighter colours such as slate grey, mustard yellow and cool green are some of the best choices. Unlike your interior which you may be able to easily DIY, you may want to call the help of company such as JD Hostetter & Associates to handle your decorating. Exterior painting often involves climbing a ladder and can be a little more dangerous.

It’s usually okay to choose a dramatic colour for your front door. This draws people’s eyes to the entrance making it more alluring. Bright red, baby blue and dark green are just some colours to consider.

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