Sometimes a touch of new color can make all the difference in a space. This can be accomplished in several different ways. One of the most noticeable and refreshing upgrades can simply be a new coat - or two - of paint on a room's walls. To accomplish the most dramatic makeover, follow these few tips:
- Follow the 60-30-10 rule: This means that 60% of the room's color is the paint on the walls, 30% of color comes from textiles and furniture, while the last 10% of color is provided by an accent piece.
- Use a color the compliments the other colors of the room. This can easily be done by using a color wheel. The complimentary color pairs are as follows:
- Red and Green
- Blue and Orange
- Purple and Yellow
- Accent the space with one black piece. This could be a piece of furniture, a picture frame or wall decoration or one of the room's textiles. Using one black element in a room enhances the other colors used and draws more attention to these colors.
- Adding color to your home should be based on the lightness to darkness color groups found in nature. In other words, floors should be the darkest color in a room - think of dirt. The walls should wear a medium color (trees and natural features such as mountains, canyons, etc.) and the ceilings should showcase the lightest color of the room; like a clear, sunny sky.
- Remember this phrase: Pull from a pattern. Take a look at your room as a whole. What is the largest pattern in the room? In a bedroom, it's usually your bedspread. Pull colors from these patterns when choosing paint color and accent pieces. This helps to pull a room together rather than take away from the masterpiece desired.