I am sure we have all heard the phrase “color your world!” These words can be applied to you, the homeowner, who decorates your home. Every time you paint a wall, purchase a new piece of furniture, change out your old duvet cover for a newer, more updated one, or add to your bathroom towel collection, you are, in a sense, coloring your world. But not all color is good! Not all colors work together. Before purchasing that next throw pillow, or putting up those newly acquired drapes, you might want to check your understanding of how best to work with color. This blog is an attempt to help you do just that, to convey the basics of color theory, shed some light on how to use color to benefit a room décor, and to take the dread out of decision-making when it comes to choosing color for your home.

To begin to understand color, it is important to refer to a designer’s tool known as the “color wheel.” All the colors available to you at your local paint store begin with the three primary colors on the color wheel, red, yellow, and blue. Secondary colors are produced by mixing these colors. For instance, orange is produced by mixing red and yellow, green is produced by mixing blue and yellow, and violet, better known as purple, is produced by mixing red and blue. The color wheel is further expanded by mixing these colors in differing degrees to produce new ones.


Color conveys mood. When you choose certain colors, they will determine the mood of your room. Do you prefer warm and cozy, or cool and aloof? Warm colors are those associated with warmth in nature, such as the hot red or yellow sun, so if you like their association, go with a warm color palette. Cool colors remind us of cold, blue, water. If this delights you more, choose your colors from a spectrum of cool shades.

When adding furnishings and accessories to your room, an understanding of what colors work together is needed. There are a few typical combinations that fit the bill. For instance, two colors side-by side-on the color wheel, such as red and orange, compliment each other. Add another adjacent color, such as yellow and you will have three colors working together. A second successful combination is two colors opposite each other on the color wheel, such as red and green, blue and orange, or yellow and purple. A three-color combo forming a triangle when the color wheel is split into thirds is another good choice. The first color is best used as the predominant color in a room, while the other two at equal distance from each other in the triangle, are distributed in smaller amounts. Brown, grey, black, and white, as well as their derivatives, are considered neutral, and can be added to any palette with a pleasing effect. Choosing colors that follow these suggestions will guarantee a mistake-proof result.

Brief as it is, my hope is that this expose has empowered you. Now that you know more about color and how to choose colors appropriately, you can indulge without hesitation. Go ahead and paint that wall you’ve been longing to paint, and buy that amazing piece of furniture you have had your eye on. Don’t be afraid to add another rug to your den, or a throw to your sofa, because with your new -found expertise, you can now color your world with greater confidence!


~ by shirleyliseblogspot on February 9, 2013.

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