1. Interior Colors
We often paint the walls, ceiling, and exterior walls of our homes for various reasons, such as moving into a new home with dirty or unappealing colors, mismatched colors for children’s ages, too many colors causing clutter, or wanting to show a clean and elegant interior when selling a house, and so on.
So, what color and criteria should we choose for our home’s paint?
First, let’s look at the basic concept of painting and examine representative colors that suit the mood we want to convey.
Now, let’s select a color. Which color is good? White? Pale feeling? Ivory? Too common color? Sky blue? Hospital-like feeling? We find it difficult to choose colors. The more difficult it is, the easier it can be solved by thinking simply.
For example, in the Toronto area where we live, maple leaves are world-famous. What mood and feeling do you have when you think of that maple leaf?
You may not know the exact colors and their names, but you will feel a very natural and romantic atmosphere. Those colors are a mixture of brown, red, yellow, and other similar colors. Do you want to have that kind of atmosphere in your home? Then paint your home with those colors. It’s a simple solution. However, those colors should be mixed colors, not primary colors, and divided into main colors, sub-colors, and auxiliary colors. Choose a slightly lighter and brighter main color and emphasize it with sub-colors and auxiliary colors or connect them.
Let’s take a look at representative colors that suit the atmosphere you want to create.
2. Color Combining (Harmony of Colors)
Once the overall atmosphere of the house and the basic color direction are decided, it becomes even more important to determine the combination of colors of the furniture, accessories, practical containers, and the colors of the walls and floors for each room.
Feeling color, interest color, and accent color, which are the colors that create the overall atmosphere, attract attention, and emphasize a specific element, respectively, should be in a ratio of 60:30:10, where the main color (walls and floors) of the room is 60%, the second color (furniture, curtains, etc.) is 30%, and the remaining 10% is the color of the objects to be emphasized (cushions, accessories, lighting, etc.). If they are harmoniously combined, it can be considered the most balanced design.
The reference pictures you will see below are the colors of the walls and accents that can naturally complement the existing furniture (second 30% color) in the six important spaces inside the house (Kitchen, Reading Area, Home Office, Living Room, Dining Room and Bedroom).
3. Great Color Schemes (Good examples of color schemes for different spaces)
As seen earlier, the “color” selection and design are the strongest means that completely influence the atmosphere of a home more than any other interior material.
Here, we introduce well-planned color schemes for the most active spaces in a typical home (Living or Family Room, Kitchen, Bedroom, and Bathroom).