Choosing a Color for Your Main Room
A home is the single largest asset most people will ever own. In tough economic times, that fact takes on new meaning. Millions of Americans lost their homes during the Great Recession (2007-2009), which made those that managed to hang on to their houses appreciate them that much more. As a result, there has been a sharp increase in home improvement projects in recent years. Even if they have never sanded a floor or put up wallpaper, new homeowners are tackling DIY projects at an unprecedented pace, especially when it comes to home decorating.
Why are they doing it?
As we mentioned, home remodeling and redecorating is more popular than ever, thanks to the do-it-yourselfer. These hardworking homeowners typically undertake new projects in order to save money, but soon discover they actually enjoy the challenge a new project presents. Having complete creative control is another obvious advantage of decorating your home on your own.
Where to start?
Major remodeling projects are best left to the professionals. But if you want to save a little money without the input of a third party, you might opt to paint or wallpaper at least a few of the rooms in your abode. The most challenging aspect of this DIY project is finding the right color scheme for a main room. Whether we refer to this space as a living room, dining room, or hallway, this area often sets the tone for the entire home.
Choosing a color
There are many different way to select the right hue, from the visceral to the sophisticated. None of the following suggestions are absolutely right or absolutely wrong. It all depends on your taste and mindset. With that said, let us take a moment to discuss them individually.
Pick your favorite color
It seems simple enough. If you go with your favorite color, you really can’t go wrong…right? Well, maybe. Colors tend to reflect the dominant mood or personality of the viewer. Folks who are generally energetic and upbeat tend to be drawn to brighter colors, such as yellow and red. But those who are more easygoing often prefer calmer colors like blue, pink, and green. It is no wonder neutral colors (white, gray, brown, and black) are the most popular, since they don’t provoke a strong response.
Choose colors based on the largest pattern in the room
If you have a treasured Oriental rug, large painting, or an upholstered piece of furniture that you want to use in the space, it is often a good idea to match the dominant color in any of the aforementioned with that of your paint or wallpaper. At the very least, you must make certain that these two colors do not clash.
Stick with classic combos
The single most common mistake do-it-yourself decorators make is that they try new color combinations that simply don’t work. You can’t go wrong with red and brow, green and blue, blue and white, and other tried-and-true classics–they help the flow of your home look more cohesive. If you would like to spice them up a bit, do it with accents, rather than dominate color combinations.
Set an atmosphere
When someone walks into the main room of your home, how do you want them to feel? Do you want them to feel relaxed, excited, or engaged? As we mentioned earlier, color has a very real and measurable effect on our moods. It can make us feel calm and cozy or somber and serious. If the owner wants a more formal arrangement, she might select duller, darker colors, such as burgundy or forest green. But if she wants a calmer more inviting atmosphere, she might choose more relaxing white and beige tones in her main room.