Setting a color pallet sets the mood to any room, thus, it is one of the most important decisions to make before you start a decorating project.
should you go with your favorite bright color? Or a neutral color that can withstand the test of time? Or mix and match both?
We will try our best to help you decide, but remember this: A color pallet is a very personal choice and you can make any color work for you if you choose the right pallet to go with it.
Collect photos of rooms that you like, make albums of those photos, an album for each room.
Then start looking for patterns, do you collect mostly bright and happy bedroom photos or do you go for dark and elegant?
Those patterns should help put you on the right track for each room.
Look around you for inspiration
The inspiration you are looking for may very well be right outside your door.
Look at the landscape around your house, is your house close to the sea? Do you have a lovely city view? Is there a beautiful garden that you can spot from your window?
You can always choose to incorporate such colors in your design if you happen to love them.
Work around a statement piece
If you already have a valuable item that you will place in the room, like an expensive piece of art or an antique chest of drawers, you can select colors that emphasize the beauty of such an item.
Make this item the focal point of the room and choose a color pallet that works with it.
Consider your natural light
You have to put into consideration the amount of natural light in any given room.
For example, bright colors work well in warm, sunny rooms, where the sun diminishes their intensity. But they may not look as good in a barely lit room.
Paint like mother nature does
When it comes to the basic colors of the room, floor, walls and ceiling, it is always wise to imitate nature. Unless of course you want to make a specific statement.
It is usually better to use darker color hues for the floor, medium color hues for the walls and light hues for the ceiling.
In the outside world it is generally darker below our feet, as in the earth itself, medium as you look straight ahead and lighter as you look up to the sky.
Determine your budget
If you want to jump on the current trendy color, you have to realize that it may become outdated quickly. And then you will have to spend money to change it.
So, only follow the trend if you truly like that color and can live with it long after.
Or just incorporate the trendy colors in inexpensive, easy to change accessories.
Remember, it does not have to be neutral to be versatile!
Some colors are naturally more versatile than others. They provide you with the flexibility to change your palette without changing that item.
Such as blue for example, if you choose a sky blue sofa it will go well with lots of other colors.
On the other hand, if you choose a bright orange one, you will always have to work around it.
Set the right mood for the room
After you have decided on some colors spread them wisely.
Think about the mood you want to set in this specific room, then decide which color to use as the main color and which color you just want to accessorize with.
For instance, if you are going with a cozy mood it may not be ideal to paint the walls bright yellow but it can work in small accessories to bring a little sunshine to the space.
Try to maintain cohesiveness and consistency
Of course you do not have to stick to one color pallet for the whole house, unless you really want to.
Nonetheless, you should always try to maintain cohesiveness, try to make your rooms flow seamlessly into each other.
There are countless ways to do that, you can choose one color that goes with all the pallets in your house and that color would tie them together.
Or you can choose a design element, like the ceiling or the floor , go with something neutral for that element and keep it consistent throughout the house.