Adding Color Around Your Home – Painting the right Way

Colors have a magical influence on our mind, body and emotions. We tend to associate to every color at different levels, social, cultural and personal. Consequently, there is an innate reaction for different hues and shades. This is the reason why we find some of them to be perky and energetic and others as serene and relaxing. The colors in your home are a reflection of your preferences and personality. They not just enhance the aesthetic appeal of your house, but also make it emotionally healthy.

Colors for a room

Colors can be divided into three broad categories, active, passive and neutral. Strong and bright active colors like red, orange and yellow have a high contrast and they denote confidence, exuberance, power and strength. Passive shades as blue, violet and green, on the other hand, signify sensitivity, calmness, imagination and solitude. Between the two extremities fall the neutral colors, black, white, gray and brown. They symbolize detachment, independence and traditionalism.

Darker and lighter shades

Warm and sophisticated darker shades are should be used when you wish to make large space a bit more intimate. If the room is small and cramped, opt for lighter colors. Flexible neutral hues can either liven up or calm down things. However, you need to be careful while choosing a neutral scheme for your home because these colors have the tendency to fall in and out of fashion.

Let nature take the lead

When you intend to use both light and dark shades in a room make sure there is a balance. Darker hues tend to be too heavy and formal while light colors are more towards the casual side. If you follow the nature, it will be relatively easier for you to minimize awkwardness. So, floor should be dark, the walls a little lighter and the ceiling the lightest. As you select the colors, keep in mind that high contrast defines the space better than low contrast.

Choosing the right colors

If you want the colors to flow through your home, do consider the shades and tones of your furniture and drapes. For instance, matching the blue sofa can be a feature wall of similar color. Your color choices can also reflect your inclination towards a particular season or locale. Put your emotions into action too while selecting colors for your home.

Color inspiration for living room

If you are fortunate to have a large living room, choose dark color scheme to make the space warm, inviting and informal. For smaller spaces, pale colors work wonders, but dark shades add drama. If you intend to use two to three colors, follow 80-20 or 60-30-10 color rule. In simple words, for two colors 80 percent should be dominant shade and 20 percent accent. Similarly, in the case of three shades, 60 percent should be dominant color, 30 percent secondary and 10 percent accent. In a room full of furniture, the walls will have the dominant color, furniture and drapes secondary and accessories accent.

The best way to pep up neutral wall colors is to accessorize your living room in bold and bright shades. Some fresh flowers and succulents can also enhance eclectic elegance of your living room. If there is a large window, don’t conceal it with vibrant drapes. Instead keep it free from accessories. Let the natural light seep through it to brighten up the space and take you closer to nature. Jazzy stools, mismatched chairs and vintage centerpieces can also be used to make the living space zesty.

Colors for bedroom walls

For the walls of your bedroom go for soothing colors like soft blue, rosy pink, calming yellow, spring green or subdued brown. Dark shades like red, deep blue, purple, orange and chocolate can make your bedroom look stunning and dramatic. However, accents of cream, yellow, black or golden shades can accentuate the classiness and sleekness of the space and also lend a calming effect. Sometimes traditional colors as black and white can play magic specifically when blended with contemporary accessories. To enhance the tranquility of the space, the safest choices would be muted shades of green and gray.

Trending colors for dining room

Crystal chandelier, glossy table and vintage cutlery no longer make dining rooms chic and stylish. You need to think out of the box to add a flair of classy elegance to the room where you dine with your family and friends. Vibrant yellow with blue accessories make a small dining room spacious and attractive. Shades of blue and gray look excellent when amalgamated with red and orange accents. Apple green and pink can make the space a little more playful and contemporary. Deep purple walls with golden upholstery will make your dining area magnanimous and royal. Boring neutrals can be jazzed up with tans and a fresh pop of bright hues.

Chic colors for bathroom

Black can make your bathroom look tiny and gloomy, but by adding elements of white, sunny yellow and plenty of light, you can beautifully dispel the dullness. Sea green, Caribbean turquoise, dramatic pink, fire-engine red and sapphire blue are fashionable colors for the bathroom. With a few accessories in traditional hues, you can add a dash of panache to the area. Neutral colors also work well in the bathroom. However, you will have to cut through the monotony with perky and vibrant accessories. Some more chic colors are vivid lavender, beach peach, undersea green, indigo and violet. Give your imagination wings and adorn your bathroom a few aesthetic embellishments.

Kitchen color trends

You can jazz up your kitchen with an array of hues, tones and textures. With all the utensils, appliances and containers, you do not need lots of frills and trimmings. Minimalist design, plenty of natural light and simple colors can do the magic. Sage green and brown, red and white, blue and gray are some great color pairings for the kitchen. You can spruce it up with small pots of herbs and flowers.

More ideas to add color to your home

In addition to putting colors on the walls, you can do many more things to revamp your home in newer and brighter shades. Start with the foundation of your home, the floor. A rug can change the whole appearance of a room within minutes. You can go for an antique Persian rug or one with a more modern pattern. Cushions and pillows are the easiest and rapidest ways to give a great contrast to a neutral background. Mirrors and photo-frames work wonders on walls that look too plain and simple. Musical instruments, pottery, sculptures, book stacks, paintings and murals can spice up the rooms in your home to perfection.


Colors put an end to dreary uniformity and make things bright and beautiful. The vivacious colors in your home cheer up your mood and add zing to your life. Hence, be a little adventurous and experiment with different hues and shades.



About Author

Mary Brown

Kids are the center of her universe, but still Mary finds time to pursue her hobbies which include crocheting, sewing and gardening. She loves to socialize and dreams of traveling the world. Her work-from-home job not just gives her the sense of accomplishment, but also ample amount of time which she prefers to spend with her children. As a mom and lady of the house, Mary knows the challenges a woman face while shouldering both these responsibilities competently. Through her writings, she intends to inspire women to live a more fulfilling life where apart from being a mother and wife, they have a unique identity of their own.

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