Have you ever walked into someone’s home and felt that it simply looked pulled together? What was it that gave you that impression? While you may not have been aware of the fact, it probably was the home’s color school. When the home’s decor all comes together under one color scheme, it feels united and well-thought-out. Here are some tips you can use in your own apartment or home to create a color scheme that works.
1. List Your Fixed Elements
Some items in your home aren’t going to change. The trim, wall tiles, flooring, cabinetry and countertops are not something you want to change as you paint and redecorate, and if you rent you may not even have the option to change these features. These are the color undertones you’re going to need to work with. Determine if they are primarily warm tones or cool tones.
2. Decide How to Treat Your Undertones
Next, decide if you want your homes’ color palette to match the undertones or contrast with it. Either is fine, as long as you are consistent, but make the choice. Contrasting with the fixed elements’ undertones will help bring balance to the home.
3. Create a Color Scheme
Next, determine the overall color scheme. Will you go with blues, reds, violets, grays or something else? The color scheme will set the tone for the rest of your choices.
4. Choose the Palette
Finally, you’re ready to choose your palette. Start with a neutral tone that will work well for the main walls in the home. A neutral doesn’t have to be boring, but will want it to be a less bold color. Then, ad 2-4 additional colors that will serve as accents. They can be shades of your accent color or complementary colors, depending on your goals. Make sure at least one color is a more saturated color to use as an accent.
As you choose the colors, keep in mind that monochromatic, using different shades of the same color, will make the space feel clean and modern. For a calm, relaxing feel, go for harmonious colors, which are colors next to each other on the color wheel. For high contrast and energy, choose complementary colors.
As you can see, there’s quite a bit of thought that goes in to choosing the color palette for your home. By doing a little bit of legwork now to create the right color scheme, you can have a modern apartment home that feels completely pulled together.