You need a change of atmosphere inside your house, but you are short of either money or time for any big changes that would involve serious renovation work? There is a simple solution that could do the trick. Change the coloring of your rooms and change the atmosphere along the way. It had been scientifically proven that the choice of color significantly influences how we feel inside a certain place, especially our homes or offices, where we spend most of our time. That is why we looked into the matter for you carefully and prepared a set of advice on how to add color to your most frequently used space.
There are two different approaches on combining colors. The first one, just as in life, is that opposites attract and create a great whole. In this case, you should consider contrasting color palettes creating a lively atmosphere for individual rooms. Black and white (even thou they are not considered colors at all, blue and yellow, purple and orange are complementary colors and achieve the contrasting effect. If this is your choice, painting opposite walls in complementary colors will add specific atmosphere to any room. The second one, on the other hand, means using analogous colors, the ones that create a rich monochromatic look, such as red and orange and blue and green, for example. Using these combinations creates a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
Find a Central Source
In order not to spend a lot of money and energy in redecoration, and make the choice of most suitable color palette easier for any room, pick the one item that would be the central piece that everything color related will revolve around. So, your favorite work of art, or piece of furniture will determine your color choice and together they will create a compact whole. Also, this approach gives you an opportunity to create specific atmospheres in different rooms, so think through your center piece choice carefully.
Uniformity VS Contrast
Making the entire living or working space into a compact color whole is a choice some people make. This gives a sense of connection and if you are absolutely certain that the color scheme you choose is the best one possible for you in all areas of space that you use, by all means go for it. On the other hand, opt for room by room contrasts and adapt color choice to specific uses that individual rooms have. For example, blue palette ensures a better rest in your bedroom, yellow or orange one fits perfectly in the kitchen and light green is great for living rooms. Just remember not to mix approaches and initial choices under any circumstances.
Era or Decade of Your Choice
You can also play with a decade or an era of your preference and use color schemes characteristic to them. Victorian Era differs significantly to Art Deco or 1960’s, for example. Or, you could opt for a futuristic, Sci-Fi approach. Anything is legitimate in creating desired atmosphere.
Choosing a proper color for your furniture could be as significant to color reliving as choosing the wall color is. Natural, wood color is always a safe way to go, but make sure this fits perfectly into the initial color choice that you made. Lacquering your furniture is always and option, and in this way you can adapt to any situation. Also, you will have to decide between contrasting and blending approach. If you want harmonious atmosphere, opt for blending furniture and wall color. On the other hand, contrast them if you opt for dynamics and liveliness.
Breaking the Space
There are a couple of ways you could add color to your space by breaking it into several complementary pieces. Contrasting window frames to surrounding wall gives additional depth, choosing lively colored rugs breaks the uniformity of a floor and choosing a live colored lustre allows you to adapt the lights dynamics, creating interesting color patterns as well.
As you can see, the ways of adding color to your space can be achieved in infinite different ways. We chose to present only those that are the easiest to implement and the fastest in creating the desired effect. Hopefully, you will find them useful and put them to work as soon as possible.