You chose the perfect color palette for your home and are excited to use it in your home to bring some freshness and energy.
Then, gradually questions began to appear in your mind: Which color should I use where? Is the color palette I chose going to match the style of my home?
Does this sound familiar?
If you know where to use color, then everything else will be easy. I want to share with you how designers think when they decide where to use colors.
When you start to think like a designer, it’s going to be much easier to decide the perfect color for a room that you are going to redecorate.
Interior Design Styles and Color Schemes
Deciding the color scheme with all of the beautiful colors is a challenge. I know that every time I have to choose is a massive challenge for me. You have to be aware that you can change it any time you want, depending on the situation.
There is a saying, “Get rid of everything that is not essential to making a point.” – Christoph Niemann.
You can consider this with every part of decoration, even if it is just about color.
You may be in love with a significant hue; sometimes, I am too. I love the color, and I really want to use it, but always remember that if it does not work with your interior design style, you will destroy the harmony.
Color Schemes for North and South Facing Rooms
One way designers decide on a color scheme for a room is to look at the orientation of the room. Are those windows facing more North or more South?
If most of the windows face toward the North, that means the room will receive less light. You will want to use warmer color schemes to help visually warm up this particular space.
I would not recommend painting the entire room in a bright red. Instead, I would use a warmer, muted color of that hue on the walls or a warm neutral.
If the main windows face toward the South, then cooler color schemes are generally preferred. South-facing rooms receive more light compared to others. This space may be hotter in summer, so cool wall paint colors are perfect for cooling the room both visually and literally.
Let’s assume that you have a southern facing room that receives a lot of light, and you want to make it more calm and serene.
I would probably recommend using a deep vibrant color like a navy blue or a charcoal grey as the primary color in your color scheme.
It would be best if you first considered the geography of where your entire home is. Living in Pennsylvania, you may still want to use a warm color scheme even for your South facing room.
Imagine the homes in California or Miami. These areas have year-round warm climates. Even if some rooms are facing North, most of the users prefer cool colors like white in the whole house color scheme.
Contemporary Interior Style Color Schemes
I think most people associate Contemporary design style with cool color schemes, which is true. I have seen some beautiful contemporary rooms with warm color schemes as well.
The one thing I would say most about the contemporary color schemes is that neutrals are predominately used for the primary colors as well as the accent colors.
My favorite contemporary color schemes include gray or taupe with white, chocolate brown with various shades of green and yellow, multiple shades of brown with accents of white and black, and a shade of grey with black and white.
Some grand color schemes for traditional rooms are brown with rose and beige, dark wood with olive green and oil rubbed bronze accessories, white with brown and blue, and brown with peach and a white.
Traditional Interior Style Color Scheme
Some grand color schemes for traditional rooms are brown with rose and beige, dark wood with olive green and oil rubbed bronze accessories, white with brown and blue, and brown with peach and a white, which is my favorite.
Traditional rooms almost always incorporate some rich patterns.
Transitional Style color schemes nearly always use neutrals as a significant component in the color scheme. Think white, cream, beige, charcoal, grey, and greige. Other colors are used as accents only.
Some beautiful transitional color schemes include chocolate brown, beige and white, charcoal grey, white and blue, and mid-tone gray, light gray, and chocolate brown.
Let’s start with the head office of a home. Yes, I am talking about the Kitchen. Kitchens are generally lively places where the family likes to gather. Since the popularity of open floor plans, kitchens began to replace dining rooms.
Considering this, what colors do you think might be best suited for the kitchen?
From purely a psychological standpoint, you may want to include accent colors like red and orange as these are lively colors.
Remember that both of those colors might increase your appetite. So if you want to use these vibrant hues, think of using them on the base of the kitchen island, as an accent wall, with barstools, or with lighting.
Neutrals are popular colors for color schemes in kitchens today because of the popularity of open floor plans to pair the kitchen nicely with the rooms around them. Popular color combinations for kitchens are white, grey and wood tones, white, grey and espresso, and white, grey, and yellow.