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Planning the Colors for a Room

Planning the Colors for a Room

You don’t have to be a color expert to make a great color scheme for your rooms in the house. There’s not even a need to always refer to suggested color combinations, like primary, analogous, monochromatic, and so on, to come up with what most consider as appealing to the eyes. It is your room, it is your house, so, it is your decision. The decision, however, must be based on your own feelings.

Basic concepts on choosing colors for a particular room, of course, are helpful. But take note, people, including children, who are not aware of the concepts can still make great combinations. And appealing combinations change over the seasons, over the years, over the centuries. This is one reason why people opt for renovations and re-doing the interior decoration.

So, here are some simple tips to guide you on planning the colors for your room. For this post, let us take the dining room.

1)    Consider the color of the main furniture in the dining room. That should be the dining table, right? Is it made of wood with the shade of brown? Or, maybe it is painted with a more vibrant color like red or lime. It is also possible that the table is made of glass or plastic.

2)    Ask yourself if you like the dining table bare, meaning no table cloth, no added frills. Some people are sentimental and want to keep the table as it was procured or gifted to them. If so, focus on the main color of the bare table.

3)    Think (or more so, feel) the color you want to go with it. You can ask yourself: Do I want more contrasting or more similar to the color of the table? Most of the time, using color swatches help. There are many that you can download online. Take note, however, that the size of a colored object affects its impact in the room.

4)    Once you have chosen your colors, decide which one you want to dominate the room. If is the color of the dining table, add more of its color to the chairs, the wall, and serving trays and other accessories. If you want to downplay the color of the dining table but not neglecting its being the central point of the room, avoid applying its color to the other things in the room. Even if it is the only one that is brown, for example, it is still alright because it is a big piece of furniture. Its size does matter.

5)    If you want to use a table cloth, decide whether you want it plain or with prints. If you use plain cloth, the other things, like the chairs and wall, may be plain or with prints. If you use a table cloth with prints, it is best to use plain ones for the others. And the best way to decide which color to use for the wall or chairs, for example, just get one color from the printed table cloth. Use it and you can never go wrong.

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