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Choosing Colors For Your Home

Choosing Colors For Your Home

Choosing colors is the fun part. Let True Value help you find the perfect color scheme to form a cohesive statement in any room or throughout the whole house. Here are some easy ways to find perfect colors for your home.

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  • It’s a simple fact: some colors work well together and others do not. While it may seem that color choice often is simply a matter of personal taste, there are objective criteria that experts (artists, designers) went to school to learn so that they can create attractive color relationships. And colors must have a relationship to each other to form a cohesive and attractive color scheme. See the Color Wheel to visualize how it works.

    There are three basic types of color schemes:

    • Monochromatic

      Monochromatic color schemes use tints and shades of the same color to create a sophisticated and elegant look. Colors from the same color family tend to look great together.

      For a calm, quiet room, select a neutral color like brown or gray and apply different shades or values of that color to various elements of the room. This approach is pretty popular because it allows you to vary the look of the room by changing the accents and accessories. You can add interest to the room by using a variety of textures on the floor, walls and furniture.

    • Analogous

      Developed from colors next to each other on the color wheel, analogous home color schemes offer more nuances while retaining the elegance of the monochromatic scheme. Usually, one color is dominant while others are used to enrich the effect.

      For a relaxing effect, select a color scheme for your home composed of related colors: greens and blues or rose and peach are two examples. Keep the strength of the colors similar for a pleasing look.

    • Complementary

      Complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel. These types of home color schemes add drama to any room. Complementary colors enhance the temperature of each other, which adds interest and energy to the décor. To get the most out of this scheme, use a warm color against a cool shade or add contrasting accessories to highlight the color of your walls.

    You can find inspiration for color schemes in design/decorating magazines, websites and books. Also, consider your wardrobe colors. Do you see mostly brighter shades or quieter shades? Which colors stand out? See what works from these examples and choose colors you like.

    You can also use décor already in the room for ideas. Noting the colors in pictures, rugs, bedspreads, furniture or window treatments can a good place to start. Use these colors to determine the color palette from which you will work.

    Your color scheme palette should consist of three colors as a foundation: a light, medium and dark color. Lighter colors should be used as a background. The floor color should be a bit darker than the walls and ceiling. This helps ground the room.

    The feeling of a room can be created by using different combinations of colors in your palette. By rotating the three colors, you can place greater emphasis on the background or furniture. Typically, your eye will gravitate towards the darker, deeper colors such as burgundy, red or royal blue.

    Remember to keep colors in adjoining rooms compatible. They don't have to be the same but should not clash. Always keep in mind the things you cannot change, such as a fireplace or other feature in your home and adjust your color scheme to mesh with it.

    Use colors that strongly contrast one another to create a stimulating, lively environment. You can select similar colors in their dark, vivid hues or select complementary colors.

    Once you've found your perfect color scheme, bring in the item or picture to your local True Value hardware store and we'll color match it.

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