The Power of Color: How to use Color in your Home.

Ready to bring some color into your home? Go for it, follow you intuition. Or is it a to big challenge? You can make a strong statement or keep it subtle. You can even change the perception of a room. All by using color? Yes, color is a powerful tool.

kitchen image via  My Domaine  - dining area inspiration via  Trendland

kitchen image via My Domaine - dining area inspiration via Trendland

Some of use just love color and want their home to be filled with strong colors, others just want to keep it simple. Both are not easy. So where is the perfect balance? We are all different, and what is to much for you is maybe to little for somebody else.

Some accent walls in a stronger color will make the room more vibrant. All walls painted in a strong color and combined with colorful furniture you have to do with a lot of confidence. One color should be the main color which can come back in different shades, than you need another color in a much smaller amount to bring a certain depth to the room. And than you need some other colors, or just one, in small amounts as an accent.

original picture on the left via  Coco Lapine Design

original picture on the left via Coco Lapine Design

All white walls, white furniture can be much to cold but what do you use if you don’t feel comfortable with to much colors? Play with neutral tones. Neutral tones you can divide in two groups: cold and warm neutrals, grey tones are cold and beige tones are warm. So lets go for a lot of white, paint one wall in a warm or cold neutral tone and afterwards you can create depth the same as you would do when using strong colors. But here you stay in neutrals, and why not, just give it a try and add a small amount of a color you really like.

Living room on the left via  Deco Feast  - on the right via  Apartment Therapy

Living room on the left via Deco Feast - on the right via Apartment Therapy

What kind of ambiance do you want in your home?

Light colors will make the room look bigger, dark colors will create an intimate ambiance. Use light colors when the room is small and not a lot of light is falling in. Dark colors will make the room look smaller which can be a good solution if you feel the room is to big. I like dark colors for a bedroom, an entrance is also a room where you can use a color which you won’t use in a living room, as it would be to strong or to dark. An entrance is a room where you can make a statement, you pass through this room when arriving at home or leaving in the morning.

doorway via  French by Design  - home office via  AD

doorway via French by Design - home office via AD

When you paint just a part of the wall in a color than your eyes will be drawn to this. It can create an accent wall, or divide the room in two part. It can almost look as a modern minimalist painting.

living room via  My Domaine  - flowers via  Girlfriend is Better  - pillows  Maroc 123

living room via My Domaine - flowers via Girlfriend is Better - pillows Maroc 123

You are afraid to work with colors or you want to keep it very light but feel the need to add some touches of color? Start by adding some accessories: flowers will always be a perfect choice. Some pillows or other textiles will bring not only color but will also add texture to the room. An artwork will already a much more personal statement. All these things can be easily moved around, and you can even change them according to the seasons. You see, an easy solution which will change the room completely.

picture on the left via  Koncart  - on the right via  Coveted

picture on the left via Koncart - on the right via Coveted

Very trendy these days are the color blocks. Here you need more experience, when the proportions are not perfect, the color combinations not as it should be than the end result will be disappointing, Just start in this case by dividing the room horizontal in two parts, the effect will be great.

picture on the left via  Pinterest  - on the right via  SF Girl

picture on the left via Pinterest - on the right via SF Girl

Painting the ceiling in a dark color can be amazing when your ceiling is more than 3 meters high. Don’t do this in a modern apartment where the ceiling often is not higher than 270 cm, you will only create a feeling that the ceiling is falling on your head. Visually the ceiling will look lower than it is in reality.

fabric samples  Pocket Full of Dreams  - Plan via  Pinterest  - paint swatches via  My Attic  - photo album  Artifact Uprising

fabric samples Pocket Full of Dreams - Plan via Pinterest - paint swatches via My Attic - photo album Artifact Uprising

And than you decided to give it a go. Where to start, which colors to choose? Is not easy, specially when you have to choose for yourself. When I choose the colors for my clients it is always easy, I know very well what I like for them, what would reflect their personality. But for me…. it can take a long time before I decide. Just painting the walls: there is so much choice on the market. I would suggest you take some images you really like and that could be the base to develop your color harmony for the house. You will find a lot of indication already in your home of colors you like. Read again this blogpost on how to find your personal color.

fabric samples  Pocket Full of Dreams  - hanging lamp via  Decoration Top  - interior image via  Dear Designer

fabric samples Pocket Full of Dreams - hanging lamp via Decoration Top - interior image via Dear Designer

And once you established your color harmony than you can start developing a mood board to see where and how you would use the colors. The paint for the walls can come as a dark or light background for the furniture. The furniture can come in strong contrast with the wall, or you would prefer more shades of one color with a small color accent.

Still to overwhelming: join me for an interior design coaching so we can work together to create your dream home.

Color can be a strong tool in your interior

  • it can change the perception of the room: make it look bigger, smaller, lower ceiling

  • can be an accent on the wall to define a certain area in the room

  • small touches as accent in a more neutral room

  • you can make a strong and colorful statement

  • create the ambiance you want for a certain room by using colors which reflect your personality

I love to work with colors. What about you?

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