How To Add Colour To Your Home

by Vivian Chen

As visual creatures, we associate places, themes and emotions together through different palettes. Psychologically influenced by surrounding colours, we should pay more attention on the ones dominating our homes and rooms. But mindlessly throwing our favorite hues together might result in an overwhelming chaos. Here's how to create a perfect colour scheme for your home: 

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1. Color code according to your belongings

Can't decide which color for your walls, furnitures, or tablecloths? Take a look at what you already have and conclude a fitting palette for the rest of the space.

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2. Pick a Theme

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3. Combine different paint colors

Who says we can't have a room with two colors? In this bedroom, the lower half of the wall is painted a darker greenish-black: we need darkness to sleep well and recover from stress. The upper green lightens the bedroom and balances the moody tone. When combining different paint, remember to choose colors by one undertone for better harmony.

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4. Contrast & Balance

Choose one dark (blue) and one light (pink) color within a palette for contrast and balance.

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5. Enlarge your space with similar hues.

For a space to flow smoothly into another, paint the next room with the subsequent hue in the same color family. 

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6. Create visual focus

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7. Add fun with neon decor

If you find white walls too plain and paint too risky, colourful decor is a flexible solution. Especially neon decor. They are bold, youthful, and bring a dull room to life instantly. 

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8. Notice the lighting.

Natural or artificial, lighting gives a different shade to your original colors. In this bedroom, the white wall beside the windows enhances brightness brought in by sunlight. On the other side, pink serves as a mild shade and creates a more stereoscopic look.

Further Reading:

Favorite Pastel Paint (for Grown Ups) by Emily Henderson

Our Guide To The Best Neutral Paint Colors (that Aren’t White!) by cocokelley

(Little Ways) To Try a New Color in Your Home by emilyaclark

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