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Once you’ve purchased your house, it is time to make it your home. This includes choosing furniture, blinds and draperies or curtains, and colors for the walls and ceilings. You will also need to decide if you’ll have hardwood floors or install wall to wall carpeting.
Before you do any of these things, you’ll need to selecting a color scheme, or palette, for it all.
If you have purchased a pre-existing home, the walls and ceilings will already have some kind of a color scheme. There might even be wallpaper instead of paint in some of the rooms, or wooden paneling. The kitchen will probably already be equipped with large appliances such as refrigerator and dish washer, as well as storage cabinets.
If you have had a new home built, then of course you will need to choose the color scheme of appliances in the kitchen as well as throughout the rest of the house before the interior of the home is completed.
Of course, even if you’ve purchased a pre-existing home, there’s no reason why you can’t repaint or otherwise redecorate walls and ceilings, and change the color scheme in your kitchen and even your bathrooms.
You can do anything you want because it is your home!
Here are seven tips for choosing the best color scheme for your new home – to suit your own tastes.
- Consider each person who lives in the home
The typical child likes to think of his or her bedroom as their own private domains, and will decorate it accordingly. He or she may choose a color scheme that doesn’t match the rest of the home’s interior, but that’s okay!
It’s best to allow your child to use his or her own imagination and suit his or her own tastes in decorating the bedroom, and that includes choosing the color of the walls, what type of artwork will go on the walls, and so on.
Young children will also track mud or dirt into the house, put fingerprints on walls or even exercise their artistic talents with crayons. White carpeting is therefore usually not a good idea when a home is going to be inhabited by children.
Having said that, there’s no reason why all common areas cannot be attractively decorated with light-colored paint or wallpaper if proper precautions are taken (such as ensuring that all paint is washable and the carpets and furniture upholstery are stain-resistant!
- Treat open/adjoining rooms as essentially the same room
Typically, the bedrooms and their adjacent bathrooms of a are their own little compartments. Colors for these rooms don’t necessarily need to match the colors on the walls of the rest of the home.
However, if the living room leads into an open dining room, the colors of those two rooms should match or be complementary. The color of paint used in the hallways should also match or be complementary with the colors of the rooms into which the hallways lead.
- Decide on a bold or subdued color for your main room
Subdued colors – white, light yellow, light blue, light green and so on – will typically work with every room in the house. But it is not necessary to have only subdued colors in your home. You can choose one room to be “bold,” using a darker shade of blue or green, for example, and then complement this bold room by using different, lighter shades of the same color in the hallways and adjoining rooms.
You may want your living room to be bold, for example, with the hallway to the bedrooms and in a lighter hue, and your dining room or kitchen in a yet-lighter hue.
- Take sample paint chips home
Every store that sells paint will provide you with paint “chips” – pieces of card stock on which are placed different hues of the same color.
Don’t decide on a color when you are at the store – take a selection of paint chips home with you so you can see their color under the lights you have in each room.
- Prime and then test each color
Before you commit to purchasing several gallons of paints, test the color(s) you’ve chosen by purchasing an 8-ounce sample of the color – and a primer. Prime a five-foot area of a wall with white primer, and then paint over it with the color you’ve chosen. It really requires a large area of wall to be painted before you can properly decide if the color “works” with the room.
- Always prime walls
If you are changing wall colors, first use primer on each wall before painting them with your chosen color. Otherwise, the original wall color will affect the way the new color on the walls is seen.
- Change your mind if necessary
If the color of the test section of the wall is too dark, choose a hue that is two times lighter, from the same paint chip. If you feel that it is too light, choose a hue that is two times darker. Prime the wall again and then test this new color.