Whether you’ve just moved into a new home, you’ve decided it’s time for a change in your current place, the seasons are changing, or you are about to take in a new roommate, there are endless reasons to redecorate your home.
The first piece of advice nearly every interior decorator will tell you is to start with a plan. And the biggest part of that plan should be your color palette.
Before you decide, here are four things you should consider.
1.What colors do you like? What about the people you live with? This may seem obvious, but when multiple people live together, they often disagree on paint or wallpaper colors. One person may like more neutral tones while another prefers brighter hues. There is no right or wrong, but a compromise has to be made and should be decided upon before anything is purchased.
2. Will your color scheme work with surrounding rooms? In a previous blog post, we talked about how to avoid clashing between rooms in an open floor plan. If you are redecorating your bedroom, it probably doesn’t make a difference what colors you use, as long as you (and your partner) like them. Same goes for the bathroom. However, if you are redecorating your living room and it opens to your kitchen and your den, your colors should work well with those other two rooms.
3. Are you planning to sell your home? If you plan to sell your home in the next year or two, it would be best to stick to more neutral colors or soft colors rather than bold, bright shades of green and purple, for example. Potential buyers typically prefer a home they can move into with as little work as possible. If they know they have to paint, they offer a lower bid or even walk away.
4. Learn the psychology of color. Did you know that colors have the ability to change your emotions? Bright colors like yellow and gold can instantly make you feel happy. Darker colors can turn your happiness into solemnness. Reds and oranges can make you feel warmth and comfort or even angry. So choose your colors wisely.
Redecorating any room in your home should not be taken lightly. Proper planning is essential to make sure that you are happy with the outcome and don’t spend any more than you need to on the project. Once you know what colors you want to use, choosing the right curtains, pillows, and other accents will be a piece of cake.
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