samedi 9 mars 2013

Tips for choosing the Perfect Colours when decorating - Guest blogging

Many homeowners feel overwhelmed and worried when choosing colors for their home, even though they one of the basic elements within decorating. Part of this is due to the wide variety of colors and shades; once you pick the color, there are many other decisions.

How light should the colour be? Will you get away with darker shades? Should you opt for warmer or cooler tones for the room? Is paint the best option or will another material, like fabric, work better?

The problems do not stop there. The impact will depend on the way that they are used and the type of room. Once you paint the walls, you may stand back and wonder if that really was the shade your selected. Too many people think that it means they have failed in decorating their home but it just means trial and error is required.

But how do various factors affect your decision and view afterwards?

The first consideration is the lighting when picking the samples or the type of material used to select the samples. Small chips of the color will not give the same view of a full wall or even the room. Different types of lighting in the home and using natural light will lead to the shades looking completely different than under the store’s tube lighting.

You will also need to consider the flooring, the colour of the ceiling and the furnishings around you. These can change the way the color looks and it may give an unflattering look.

That doesn’t mean you have to start using creams, whites and other neutral colors. Even the most professional interior designers don’t get it right the first time with every single job. The difference is they know how to take everything into account to get a rough idea that they can easily refine.

For help with choosing, use one of the tips from Better Homes & Gardens’ book, Colour: The Complete Guide for Your Home”. One recommendation is to start with colors that you know you like; you don’t need to know a lot about them to make them perfect.
There are other tips that the book offers to help you decide:

  • Be guided by your instincts. Your gut is a great way to make an instant decision. You can then refine the choices afterwards with some practice and theory.

  • Be guided by the colors of your clothes and furnishings. You will usually pick your favorite colors without really thinking about it. You could also look through various decorating magazines or books for style ideas and be guided by the ones that you like. Also, consider the architecture that you like as these often involve various colors that you can use.

  • Use the entry way of the home as way to bridge the gap between outside and inside. Earthy tones, such as greens and browns, can help to be ready for a step into the home or for getting ready to face the weather outside. This can be incorporated into other rooms around the house.

  • Do everything in stages. Doing it all in one go can lead to disaster, especially if you decide you don’t like the color. If you are working on many rooms in the house, focus on them one at a time to refine the process for choosing the color and make your home more personalized.

About the author: Stuart is an experienced builder in Sussex and runs Bem Builders LTD. 

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