7 tips for the choice of the colors of the house

Colors have different characteristics. Follow the 7 following tips for choosing the colors of the house to give all its brilliance to your interior.

Tips for the choice of the colors of the house
7 tips for the choice of the colors of the house

1.  Understand how colors are formed

Primary colors (red, blue and yellow) form the base of the chromatic circle.

  • The secondary (green, orange and violet) resulting from the mixture of two primary.
  • The tertiaries are obtained by mixing a primary color and a secondary color (orange-yellow, orange-red, purplish red).

2.  The role of complementary colors

The complementary ones are diametrically opposite on the chromatic circle; Although they are very contrasted, they harmonize.

  • Those that follow each other (like colors) are also considered harmonious.
  • Finally, those which appear together in nature generally agree, whatever their place in the chromatic circle.
  • To succeed in decorating a room, it is not enough to choose the color of the walls and the ceiling. Furniture, household linen and accessories must fit in the same chromatic harmony.

3.  Enlarge or shrink a room

A judicious choice of colors makes it possible to enlarge a piece or to give it an impression of height. Conversely, some shades can help create a more warm and intimate atmosphere in a very large or high ceiling space.

  • To give more generous proportions to a small room, choose bright colors.
  • Dark, warm colors — dark red, for example — create a cozy atmosphere in a large room.

4.  A higher or lower ceiling

  • The ceiling will appear higher if it is darker than the walls. Be sure to follow the line between the walls and the ceiling!
  • To give the impression that a ceiling is less high, paint it with a dark color. The lower part of the walls can remain clear, with a gradient increasingly darker upwards. On the other hand, if the color clears from bottom to top, the piece will look higher.

5.  Make a room less or more closely

  • A narrow room will look wider if you paint long walls with light colors.
  • Conversely, a wide room will look narrower if the long walls are painted with dark colors.

6.  Energy saving

  • Walls painted in light, warm colors require less lighting, which saves energy.

7.  Choose color of furniture and accessories

  • Start by choosing a base color, adapted to both your tastes and the vocation of the room, which you can decline in all tones according to the walls, carpets and curtains.
  • For furniture and accessories, stay in matching colors, unless you prefer an additional shade that punctuates the piece of color keys.
  • You can also play the card of elegance with tone on tone (several shades of the same color).
  • It is also possible to combine two matching colors which are side by side in the chromatic circle.
  • Do you want to combine colors of different intensities? Caution! A sustained color next to a pastel color obliges the eye to adapt each time it passes from light to dark. This can create an optical discomfort and make the room feel less pleasant.
  • If you choose white or gray as your base color, add a few red, green, blue or even pink touches, such as a couch, cushions, vases, paintings or other accessories.

If you hesitate, ask advice in a specialized store, to avoid decoration either too monotonous or too flashy.

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