Friday, October 19, 2018

How To Add Colour To Your Living Room ♥


The living room is very heart of the home. This is where people spend many hours with others each day when they get home. In this room, they may read a really great book, speak to a spouse to discuss their day, cuddle with their pet or just take a relaxing Sunday afternoon nap. Many homeowners look for ways to make this room come alive and create a space that feels just right for them and all of their family members. They want a room that has plenty of light, makes it easy to place furniture comfortably and blends in well with the rest of their home's essential décor plan. All of this can be accomplished with the use the right hues. Pigments of all kinds personalise the space and make it feel like a welcoming retreat from the rest of the world as well as the person's worldview

The Entire Space
Before making any choice about the use of hues, it's a good idea to think about the space as a coherent whole. Each part of the room should be part of an idea the homeowner has in mind. The same is true of the ceiling, the floors, the windows and any doors to a terrace or other outdoor space. It's also good to think about the room's best features and what features the homeowner may wish to think about minimizing. For example, a room may have a great fireplace with a beautiful mantel piece just right for winter days. It may also have a less than lovely view. In each instance, the homeowner can use varied shades to draw attention to certain section while helping cover up areas that are not as nice.

Understanding the Color Wheel
Colors form a spectrum. This can be seen on a wheel. Shades that share much in common are adjacent on the wheel. These are known as adjacent shades. Shades on the opposite side of the wheel serve to show which colors bear little in common. Colors on one side represent the cool side of the spectrum while those on the other side represent warmer colors. A close look at this wheel can help the person decide which colors they like best and how they interact when applied to spaces. Primary colors such as red, blue and yellow can serve as the room's anchors. Secondary colors happen when two primary colors are mixed. Examples include violet, orange and green.

Picking a Palette
Adding colors to the room can be done by settling on a palette. Many people choose at least one kind of hue from the primary shades such as a red or a blue. This can serve as the basis for the overall scheme for the room. Then, additional shades can be added to bring in more light and interest. These shades can create harmony. For example, using yellow in the room makes it come alive with the feel of a warm summer afternoon. The opposite shade from yellow is purple. Shades of purple create contrast and a harmonious feel that can be carried in details such as the use of accessories like paintings on the wall and brightly colored flowers brought inside all year long. Varied tones allow for the creation of individual spaces where the homeowner can put their own stamp on the room. For example, using pale blue as the basic idea works even better when there are accents in the room in shades of aqua, cyan and warm hints of turquoise. All of the colors work to make the space one where colors are present and there with great thought.

The Flooring
Any plan to use to colors in the living room should begin with the flooring. Flooring is a great way to add subtle hues. For example, an expanse of wood brings shades of brown into the room that play well with other colors. Tiled flooring also brings in colors of all kinds. It's possible to add even more with a custom design tile plan that serves at the room's focal point. Stone flooring is ideal for those who want a natural look with lots of neutral colors. One way to bring in even more types of colors is with the use of rugs. A thick rug in a neutral shade of white, black or grey sets a backdrop for the rest of the room. The same is true of a patterned rug. Patterns are an excellent way to bring in many varied shades and lots of drama at the same time.

Walls and Doors
Another area deserving of a great deal of attention are the room's walls. Each wall should be carefully considered. Many people opt for colors on the wall that are full of happiness such as Kelly green. Colors like Kelly green can be used to add light to any room that may not get lots of natural light. Kelly green is an example of an intensely vibrant shade that brings all areas of the room a sense of movement. Located where yellow meets green, Kelly green brings to mind the lush landscape of the Irish countryside and days spent outside in spring meadows. Use it to bring in a sense of renewal and energy. This is a great shade to add lots of punch in a room that might otherwise feel bland. Consider painting on one or two walls Kelly green. Then bring in contrast with yellow or mauve. Rooms that may have lots of natural light may also benefit from the use of a color like Kelly green that can help make the room feel cozier and warmer all year long. The same is true of the room's doors. A door sets the stage for the rest of the room. Painting it a vivid shade makes an instant and truly lasting impression from a distance and up close. Paint the doors Kelly green and watch people smile when they approach it.

Choosing Furniture
Furnishings are the cornerstone of the entire living room. Furniture provides people with a place to do many kinds of activities that are part of the joy of living. This is an excellent opportunity to bring colors into the space. Furnishings use lots of different types of fabric. Leather is highly popular and typically found in many darker colors. Fabrics such as cotton and velvet are also extremely popular. Many companies offer a wide variety of fabrics in lots of different colors. Consider using two large pieces of furniture in vivid shades. For example, a love seat and sofa in shades of warm purple or royal blue makes the room alive with appealing shades that make an immediate statement. The same is true of any pillows used with the sofa. Look for pillows in a bright but complementary pattern. The pattern can bring out tones seen in other parts of the room and help tie the entire space together.

Adding Curtains and Other Details
Curtains and other details are another way to bring in lots of colors. Consider curtains in colors that are present in the room already. They can help to call attention to the room's height and other details. A room with high ceilings can made a little warmer with curtains in shades that help draw the eye downward just a bit. Richer colors also work well with such details as they add lots of luxury without the need to spend lots of money. Curtains in a lighter material and lighter shades can be brought out when the weather warms up and the homeowner wants to have a brighter feel in the space.

Careful use of varied colors makes all living rooms not only a place to relax and sit down. They also make the entire space feel like an expression of the homeowner's worldview and what is important to them. Careful, thoughtful use of colors is an excellent way to bring out a room's potential and a homeowner's personality.
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