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Designer Tricks for Picking a Perfect Color Palette for Your New Home

Designer Tricks for Picking a Perfect Color Palette for Your New Home

Whether you have just moved into a new home or built one from scratch, renovation and decoration are a must. But, before you start renovating and redecorating your home, you must first decide on a color palette. The color palette you choose will dictate everything in your room – walls, curtains, furniture, and all smaller knick-knacks. The colors in your rooms are the ones setting the tone and the overall atmosphere. However, this raises another question – since there are soo many colors to chose from, which one should you go for? Getting the answer to that question is not always easy, and oftentimes it can lead you to a ‘disaster’. And, disasters of that kind require fixing that is both time and money-consuming. Luckily, there is an easy solution. All you have to do is follow our designer tricks for picking a perfect color palette for your new home.

Follow the ‘Rule of Three’

This rule is a classic! Three is a magic number when it comes to mixing colors. And, how come? Well, if you have three different colors in one room, that room will not be boring, rather, it will invoke interest. Anything less than three will make any space look monotonous and humdrum. And, anything more than three, will make your room look and feel just too overwhelming. This ‘rule of three’ works especially well with open concepts! You can choose one color to be your main color and then chose two other colors to be accents. For instance, you can pick a beige color to be your main color, and pick pastel colors to be your accents (this is a combination that always works). Remember – colors can be a beautiful way to style and decorate your home, be creative but do not neglect the ‘rule of three’.

Or, Use the 60-30-10 Rule

Many interior designers swear by this rule. Namely, this rule is all about balance between chosen colors. That is, it is about the specific 60-30-10 ratio of colors. Let us explain. So, if you have found your three colors (as mentioned above), but you are not sure how much of each you should use – follow this ratio: 60% should be your dominant color (the color of your walls), 30% should be your secondary color (furniture, curtain, and other fabrics), and 10% should be your accent color (decorations).

It is not always easy to get this rule right, so do not be afraid to play around with your colors and experiment. However, have in mind that repainting the walls and furniture requires a lot of time and an empty room to work in. So, do not bring in your belongings until you are done. You can keep them in a portable storage unit – just place it conveniently in your backyard. Or, if you have a basement or an attic, even better, keep your items there.

Commit to Timeless Pairings 

There is a good reason why certain pairs of colors work great in all situations – they are a classic. They have been tested in all possible situations and they always seem to look good. An example of a pair of this kind is a dynamic duo of black and white. This duo will never go out of style and that is what makes it timeless. Just imagine it  – a white kitchen with black accents. Of course, you should always pick the lighter color to be your main color. Doing the opposite, that is, choosing the darker color as your main may ‘close’ the room, it may make it look smaller, darker, and simply unwelcoming. So, stick to timeless pairings (black&white, beige&pastels, light yellow&dark blue, etc). If you think that having a room with just two colors will make it look boring, do not worry, you can always decorate your home with plants, for example, and ‘shake away’ that monotonous vibe.

Be Bold in Small Spaces 

Most people think that small spaces such as bathrooms and pantries, for example, need lighter colors so that they can appear visually larger. But, that is a wrong approach. Small spaces need something to make them pop. That is why using a bold color palette is recommended. So, if you have an all-white bathroom, or an all-beige office, tell your movers to keep your items in a storage unit for a little longer until you repaint. Our advice is to use darker and bolder colors for bigger areas (walls) of your tiny rooms and to use more natural and light colors for smaller areas (furniture and decor). You will notice a huge difference after doing this! Always avoid using only white color in small areas, that can only make your room look boring and stodgy.

Stay Neutral 

The last piece of advice we will give you is the safest one. If you just can’t decide, that is, if choosing the right colors for your new home seems like a mission impossible, just pick neutral colors. You cannot go wrong with this one – all neutral colors can be mixed and matched, you do not have to follow any rules, you do not have to worry about the amounts of colors and their ratios, etc. This is way most people decide to go for a neutral color palette. Those are colors such as white, gray, beige, ivory, khaki, brown, taupe, and pretty much anything ‘creamy’.

A space guided by these neutral colors will always look put together. So, if you do not know what color palette to go for your new home, just chose the one mentioned before. And, if you ever decide to light things up with some bold colors or even to brighten up your home with something different, you can always add colorful accents here and there.

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