Have you tried bringing color into your home only to find that it didn't work? That the colors didn't look good together? That they were too bold or too overpowering? And then, when that happened, did you simply go back to painting in soft whites and neutrals?
This happens to a lot of people we run into at RepcoLite--they branch out into the world of "color" only to find that the colors they chose didn't look very good. Typically, many of those folks then assume that "color's not for them" or that "they're just not cut out to decorate in color" and they return to the safety of neutral.
If that's you, then hold on for a second: color adds interest and visual appeal to our decorating. It can take a boring room and turn it into something that turns heads and starts conversations. The trick is to use the right colors in the right quantities.
And here are 4 quick ideas to help you do that:
- CHECK OUT YOUR COLOR IN ALL LIGHTING SITUATIONS: Many folks come into the store, pick out some color samples, scrutinize them, and then order a gallon or two of paint. Then they go home and paint their walls only to find that when night comes and the room darkens the color's way too dark on their walls. Avoid this mistake by taking your color chips home and examining them in YOUR lighting and in all lighting situations. Look at the colors at night in the rooms in which they'll be well before you start rolling them out!
- CHOOSE YOUR PAINT LAST: In the decorating process, many folks start with the paint. They'll come to the paint store and try to establish their paint colors before they step into the furniture stores or the carpet stores. This is a mistake. Folks will come in, pick a bold, bright color for their walls, and then later discover they can't find a couch or carpet that looks good with those colors. They then, mistakenly, assume that bold colors are just not their thing. The problem isn't bold colors, it's the timing of the color choice. Remember: Paint is the most adjustable aspect of any home decorating project and should therefore, be selected after everything else is chosen. First find your couch, your carpet, your wall hangings, etc. and then have the paint made to pull colors from those items. Doing it this way makes decorating with color easy. Doing it backwards makes decorating with color seem impossible!
- PLAN AHEAD: Another thing to think about applies especially to those folks who are working their way through their house. They start with one room, get it finished and then move on to the next one. If this is you, plan your steps and your decorating with an eye on your next move. Don't find a beautiful, bold color for your living room, make everything work together beautifully only to discover that you have no idea what color will go with it when you move to your hallway. Plan your living room with your hallway in mind. Make sure the colors will harmonize as you work your way through the house.
- DON'T BE FOOLED BY COLOR CHIPS: This last tip is important! When you look at a standard color chip, you'll see a light color at the top and a darker version of that color at the bottom with five or six variations in between. The typical response many of us have to this way of displaying color is to assume that the top color is an off white. From there, we gauge the depth of the subsequent colors on the chip. The mistake comes in our initial assumption: often, the colors on the top of the chips are already significantly darker than off whites. So, while the third color on the chip may look--by comparison to the other colors--to be a "medium-toned" color, we are often surprised to see how dark it actually is on our walls. So all that to say, one of the best things you can do is take that color swatch you like and hold it up to some standard whites or off whites to give yourself a good perception of the true depth of the colors--that way you won't be too surprised when you get them on your wall.