Optimize Colors In Home Decoration 2016

When starting to decorate your sweet house, it is common for most people to struggle in choosing the right hues and palettes, among myriad of colors and shades. Nevertheless, you want your house to provoke its owner’s own sense of style, instead of a desperate emulating version of design magazines. Today article will focus on how to utilize colors in creating styles to your home by common decoration rules, tips and psychology behind colors that triggers certain emotions, which then later either support or impede people in houses.

  1. There are rules to follow


For fresh beginners, it is essential to understand some rules in choosing colors for walls, furnitureupholstery and decoration pieces. Color wheel, as picture below, is one of the most useful tools in determining the hue combination. Originating in 18th century, color wheel is attributed to Sir Issac Newton as one of his attempts to re-arrange colors of sunlight following natural progression of colors. It since then progress to a much more complicated level with diverse shades of one color placing next to each other. Hence the core of using color wheel is to select colors on it of either Analogous or Complementary, to create the ultimate, natural harmony in the eyes of beholders.

Modern color wheel

  • Analogous: To create the best combination, you can choose colors that place next to each other in the color scheme. That is, for example, to mix dark & light green with yellow, as these colors are side by side on the Wheel.



Room follows Analogous rule

  • Complementary: If Analogous restrict you with more less of similar colors, you can try bolder approach with color of Complementary, that is opposite to each other on the Wheel. Some epitomes of the case include orange & blue, yellow & purple.


Yellow & purple as 2 complementary colors 

  • 60-30-10 rule: 60-30-10 stands for percentage of colors that you use in decoration, in which 60% of your room is dominant color, 30% neutral and 10% accent color. Major parts of your room such as walls/floor should be painted in dominant colors, whereas 30% are for furniture upholstery and 10% cover smaller pieces like pillow or vase. This rule is important as it creates balance between colors of neither “too aggressive” nor “playing too safe” feeling to your room. Your color scheme should include both strong & neutral colors, but not usually more than.

     2.  Craft your own style

Have you been more less an adventure and rule-breaking lover with aesthetic taste, you might want to apply some following tips in experiencing new color combinations that might serve you as great inspirations.

  • Inspired by others: Taste is an innate instinct that can be developed and sharpened over time. Invest your time and make effort in sophisticating yourself by reading architecture/design magazines, books and surround yourself with beauty and artistic works. You might run into some of amazing design and color arrangement, make sure you have all of them collected and stored. They might later be aspiration for your future house. Blending natural colors that are prevailing around you can be a good idea. Timber brown, rake leave green, sunbaked earth brown and stone gray exemplify a harmonized combination of natural colors as resembling a typical forest scene with earth, tree and stone. Fruit and vegetable color can be great suggestions to your newly house. The idea behind this is to create a close-to-nature environment as human being feels utmost connected and comfortable with their natural surroundings.
  • Testing: it is hard, however, to bring a piece of fabric and ask for its color in the counter when most of the cases you won’t get the exact color you want. Trying multiple colors on designated place of your house is thus very helpful in seeing the color “in action”. It is important also to test the lightning in the part of the room which surely influences your color shade.
  • Begin with less flexible furnishings: Painting a major wall in the living room just to realize that its finish color combining with your brand new sofa’s one is a disaster has never been a good news to most people. Hence, you might want to begin with choosing colors that match your less flexible furniture like sofa, fireplace or cupboard. Based on colors of these to choose which other hues to go with.
  • Room weight: Home.com has suggested house owner to navigate colors ascending their shades, from the top to bottom of the room. This means, to paint your ceiling in light color, following wall in medium and floor as darkest shade. If your ceiling is of dark color, it might create a sense of the ceiling falling off to you which generates discomfort and uncertainty.


  3.   Psychology of colors

You might have heard of this. Each color provokes in human a specific feeling or emotion. That is the reason why most restaurants paint themselves in red or orange, as it obviously enhances your taste for food. According to The Guardian, despite people experience on colors varying from backgrounds, cultures and so on, red constantly signals sweetness and ripeness. A brand new dining room covered in red and black might arouse a classy sense of style and appetite in your family!



A red-black dining room with classy style

Green, blue and yellow have set its own way on representing concentration, efficiency and creativity, respectively. If you want to create a built-in office at home, you might want to consider integrating these colors into the room, as they would help increase your work productivity. Red and orange, on the other hand, might play as distraction to your work since they can ignite anxiety and energy.

Home office in navy green

These applications, however, can widely vary and depend on your taste and chosen set of color schemes. You can engage your favorite colors, apply rules and tips above to them and have great time adorning your house or giving them a freshing new look.


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