All aspects of custom home building is personal, because, after all, you are erecting a monument to yourself, more or less. One of the features of a custom home that reveals some deeper parts of your personality is color. Choosing a color palette is both the most important part and yet the most daunting part for many when it comes to decorating their homes. If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry. We’re here to help give you a jumping off point and some good inspiration. If you’ve considered the following and still don’t know how to create a color palette, our team can help! We are more than happy to provide you with assistance from our own pool of knowledge or connect you with an interior designer that will weave your tastes and preferences into designing the interior of your home. For more information about how our luxury custom home builders in northern Colorado can build your dream home, give us a call!
Why Is Color Important?
If you’re thinking of building a custom home, chances are that you’ve probably already thought heavily about your color palette — it plays a crucial role in the vibe and mood of your home. If you haven’t thought about it, then it is time. Here’s why: Have you ever walked into a space and felt that something is off? The furniture looks in place, the layout of the room is nice, but something just feels weird. More often than not, it’s due to the color scheme, or lack thereof.
Color has effects on our moods and our feelings, more than we are consciously aware of. If you’ve ever walked into a nice hotel or a nice restaurant, you probably know it’s nice just by the features they have within the space, but the reason you feel welcomed and comfortable is because the colors are inviting, inviting you to stay a bit longer, or spend the money to buy another glass of wine. Designers know there is nothing quite like color for creating a mood and a sense of flow. Color palettes don’t have to be overly prescriptive, but having a color palette to refer to, even a flexible one, will help any space evolve cohesively.
Monochrome, But With Careful Consideration
The days of everything needing to be matchy-matchy are long gone, thankfully, giving homeowners a chance to dip their toes into unfamiliar water and get creative with colors. This isn’t to say that monochrome is bad, far from it. Choosing a monochromatic color scheme is great for creating a dramatic effect within your home, welcoming and inviting guests. A monochromatic color scheme can be one of the easiest to put together, and one of the easiest ways to make a statement. There are, however, some things to keep in mind, like:
- Layering colors
- Paying attention to detail
- Adding contrasting tones
- Incorporating neutrals
- Play with shape and material in your decorations
- There is nothing wrong with going subtle
Another easy way to settle on a color scheme you love is to find a pattern containing multiple hues. It can be an upholstered floral chair that you’ve had for years, a bright and bold rug, or a wallpaper that you dream of having in your home. The thing is, if the color combination thrills you in a single piece, chances are good that it’ll thrill you even more once it’s been extrapolated to your home at large. While separately these pieces may seem loud and mixed-matched, together, they create a beautiful mixture of depth, creativity, and color.
Use Your Surroundings As Inspiration
Maybe there’s nothing within your home that speaks to you, in which case, you can look to what is outside of your home. This could be tricky depending on where you live, but if you are surrounded by a beautiful scenic view of rolling hillsides, for example, try to imitate colors, textures, and patterns within your home. Homes built next to a lake may find more neutral tones in their home, using sleek designs to replicate the refined beauty of resting water and a calming beach. Those building a mountain cabin will likely take inspiration from the nature surrounding them and incorporate wood elements and deeper, rustic colors to add into their interior design.
Be Judicious About “Pop” Colors
It can be tons of fun to be inclusive about colors, and make it easier to create a color scheme. With that being said, however, if you want to include a “pop” of color that is going to appear two or three times in a space, you’ll want it to be a close match across the board, and you want it to feel purposeful. A pop of color that has no relation to the colors around it will make it seem out of place.
No matter what color scheme you are aiming for, it is always good to think about technical things like the kind of lighting your home, and the colors within, will receive. Light reflects and deflects color, changing it constantly, throughout the day. A room’s truest colors are those found in the daylight hours and the hues will alter throughout the day and the seasons as the lighting changes. Different lightings can change the appearance of color as well. Indigo, for example, can appear bluer in one room and have more purple in another. If you are choosing darker colors for your home, imagine what it will feel like at night. If you’re feeling like your house may swallow you whole, you may want to reconsider. Unless that’s what you’re going for, of course.
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