How to Choose the Right Color Scheme for a Room

It’s not always easy to know what colors you should use in a room, but here are some tips to help you along.When decorating homes, you might think that you’ve got to focus on what is trendy. This is true, but when choosing paint it often helps to stick to the neutrals as much as possible. Think white, beige and various shades of grey, such as blue-grey or lilac-grey. These help to create a more timeless background upon which to decorate your home.

Go for the Classic Paint Colors.

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Neutrals are Safest for Walls

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Splash Color in Segments

However, you don’t need to be limited to this background color all over the room. You can infuse bolder colors on certain walls or use an accent wall on which to bring some brightness.

Think about the Room’s Personality.

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Personality of the Room is Important

It’s not just your favorite colors that you should consider. Also spare a thought for the type of room you are decorating. Is it the living room where you’ll be entertaining guests or the bedroom that contains high beam ceilings and speaks to a more rustic ambiance? It helps to know what the room is about, what you’ll be doing in it and what is special about it so that you can choose appropriate colors to match its personality.

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Victorian Wonderland

For instance, if your bedroom speaks to a Victorian feeling, then soft greys, white and splashes of purple could create elegance and sophistication. On the other hand, a more rustic room could work with earthy colors, such as greens and browns.

Consider Location.

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Light Plays a Role in Color Choice

Where your room is located is also important. If it is in a dark spot, then brighter and lighter colors can help to liven it up. On the other hand, a sunnier room can mean that you can choose darker colors if you wish.


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Give Different Colors a Shot

Sometimes the best thing to do when choosing a color palette for a room is to play around with different shades and hues. You might surprise yourself with the combinations you come up with. Orange and pink, for instance, might sound a bit too fruity, but it can work.

Dark and Light.

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The Higher Up the Room, the Lighter Your Color Should Be

It can be helpful to choose darker colors for the flooring and lighter colors on the ceiling, with something in-between for the walls. So, dark wood flooring would be offset brilliantly with a pastel color on the wall and white or beige on the ceiling.

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