Decorating solutions revolve around color in your home.

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Whether you are just sprucing up a room, doing a renovating or redecorating project, or building a new home one of the most important elements in completing a room is the use of color.  The use of color in the room can impact the light and size.

When considering changing the paint color or any large focal point of color in a room there are a few elemental things to know about how certain colors will impact a room. 

Light Colors

Light colors will reflect more light and make the room appear larger.  Light colors tend to open up space in a room.  Using light or pale colors in a room with little or no natural lighting works best because they will reflect what light there is especially during the day.  If the room is used at night under artificial lighting conditions, medium colors will also give a great effect. 

Dark Colors

Use of dark colors will make a room seem smaller because they close in the space.  Darker colors can impose a certain mood on a room and are perfect when you want to make a dramatic statement.  They are good to use in a room that has a specific purpose such as an entryway or formal dining room.  Using dark colors in a large room will make it seem much cozier such as in a big family room.  Dark colors should be used sparingly because the intense hues can become overwhelming after a while. 

 Whether you chose a light or dark color, it’s important to remember that large areas of color will appear much darker once they are painted.

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 Warm Colors

Red, yellow, and orange are warm colors and they tend to heat up a room.  These colors are considered energetic and can stimulate activity when used.  Because of this, warm colors are a good choice for kitchens, playrooms, dining rooms, and living rooms.  Using warm colors will advance and so tend to close up a room.  Warm colors will also make a large room feel cozy. 

Cool Colors

Color decorating colors include blue, green and violet.  These are quiet and tranquil colors and are best used in rooms where you want calm and relaxation.  Use cool colors in bathrooms, bathrooms, dens and nurseries.  If you have a room with a lot of natural sunlight, use cool colors to counter balance the direct sunlight.  Cool colors are recessive so they give the illusion of pushing back the walls and make a room appear much larger. 

It’s important to note that when warm and cool colors share a space in a room their respective temperatures are intensified.

Most rooms will incorporate a use of some light and dark and warm and cool colors whether it is with the paint, floor coverings, furnishing or accessories.  To achieve color balance and harmony look at how nature does it.  In nature, you will find darker colors at your feet such as grass or dirt, and medium values at eye level, like trees and flowers, and the lighter colors are the highest as in the sky and clouds. 

The use of color in your paint, flooring coverings, furnishing and accents should be considered carefully taking into account the size of the room, how much natural light you have and the feeling you want to achieve. 

Color Hints:

Choose colors that you are drawn to in other areas of your life such as clothing choices for decorating your home for a reflection of your personal style.  If you do this you will feel more comfortable as you are naturally drawn towards these colors. 

Consider using a single color on your walls and then add pizzazz with accessories like pillows, flowers, vases, rugs, and lamps. Of course, make sure you use complementary colors.

Use variations of the same color in accent pieces such as fabrics or carpet in other rooms to tie all rooms together for a monochromatic effect.

Using a bit of black in a room will enhance all of the other colors in a space.  

It’s a always good to try out a color before making a large purchase.  Do a patch test of paint on a wall to how it looks under your lighting conditions.

Consider the floor as a fifth wall in your home.  Flooring is also the most costly to change.  Take fixed surfaces such as floors, fireplaces, and fixtures into account when decorating.  Color can enhance or down play a fixed feature in a room.  

To liven up a space, try adding a tint of the wall color’s complement to the ceiling or trim.

To achieve color balance in any color scheme used in a room try the 60/30/10 approach.  The largest color is the walls, which account for 60 percent of a room’s color.  The second largest, or 30 percent, will include window treatments, upholstery or floor covering.  Accents make up the remaining 20 percent of color in a room.