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Home Design 101: Color Basics

Image: This colorful scarf hangs on a door in my studio where I enjoy the shimmer of its colors every day.  The colors ranging from golds to reds to purples are on the same side of the color wheel and considered to be in the same color family.  Reds are considered to be HOT colors.

Color Basics

© Becky Linhardt 2010

 Almost every decorating book advises that the quickest way to update a room is to paint the walls a new color – but what color, and, all walls or just an accent wall?

 Basic considerations:

Scale: size of room; height of ceilings

Amount of furniture in the room; maybe some can be removed or added

Colors of existing fabrics; maybe some can be changed

Wood tones and/or amount of woodwork

Light quality – day and night

Openings to other rooms

Personal color preference

Your intention – to energize, to calm, to impress others


– Generally held theories

Blue, green and purple are usually calming.

Yellow, orange and red are considered to be energizing.

Dark colors can make a room seem smaller (good for an overly large room).

Light colors can open up a room (good for a small room).

- Realities

There are lots of blues.  A bright aqua blue can excite.

There are lots of reds.  A deep burgundy red can be deadly dull.

Brown is a blending of a lot of reflected colors and is often more of a blue/brown, a green/brown, a red/brown, or a golden/brown.  Lighten any of these browns and you have one of the many shades of beige – gray beige, olive/sage beige, pinkish beige, yellowish beige, etc.

Whites, creams, and ivories can be calming and on walls provide a neutral background

Black as an accent can make other colors look richer, more vibrant but on four walls – well, it might be very depressing to live with unless the walls are covered with lots of brightly colored posters or are the backdrop for a spectacular collection of antiques or artwork.

The science of color

Color is YOUR mind’s interpretation of the reflection of light.

Most people see similar color reflections but some people are color blind or not as sensitive. 

In three dimensional spaces even a single color can vary.  There are shadows, changes in textures, artificial lights and varying daylight.  The walls of a room with lots of natural light that has been painted a single shade of white may have varying degrees of golden yellows at sunrise, pinks at sunset, or grays on a dull day.  And, daylight changes seasonally so the white may be bluish when light is reflected off snow and somewhat green when sunlight reflects off of a green lawn or nearby trees.  Of course, autumn leaves will reflect autumn tones into the room.

 OK, now what?

- Take an inventory of the room using the basic considerations listed above.

- Clip lots of magazine, catalog, and advertising pages – and sort by preference.

- Review your budget, your inventory, your selection of a few preferred clips, and refer back to Home Design 101: Planning to help you decide what YOU want – and others sharing the space can live with.

 Sometimes deciding What You Do Not Want helps make the decision of what you might like easier.  Watch for further comments on color, textures, etc. in other linked postings to come.

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