Part of the process of building a custom home is making decisions, many decisions. Everything from deciding on your lot and floor plan to choosing floor coverings, lighting fixtures, and cabinet styles. Deciding what paint color to use is one of the last choices a new homeowner must make.
Although there are only 12 basic colors on a color wheel, visit any paint store, and you might be overwhelmed by the many shades you can choose from. How do you know what to select? Here are some tips for narrowing down your choices and picking the perfect colors for your home.
Create a Cohesive Color Flow
Think of your entire house rather than individual rooms. Many new homes have open floor plans. These spaces, usually the entryway, hallways, kitchen, breakfast area, and family room─should either be the same color or colors that work well together. You don’t want such an explosion of color throughout the house that it feels jarring to walk from one place to another.
Let the Hard Finishes Guide You
Tile, granite countertops, and brick fireplaces often have multiple colors and undertones in them. These colors will dictate the paint you choose. If the granite or tile has four colors in it, one of those colors should be the wall color.
On a side note, it is easier to paint a wall than it is to replace kitchen countertops or swap out tile. For hard finishes, you may want to consider classic rather than trendy colors. Design trends last about 10 years. Classic colors are timeless and will still look good long after a trend has lost its appeal.
Choose Color Groups
Pick colors that are in the same temperature family. You may prefer a warm color palette, which includes cream, orange, reds, and browns. These colors invoke cozy feelings. Warm colors are stimulating and work well in living rooms, kitchens, and dining rooms.
The cool color family includes green, blue, and violet. These hues have a calming effect and work well in bedrooms and offices.
Follow the 60-30-10 Color Rule
This design formula uses a three-color palette. It states that 60 percent of a room should be the dominant color, 30 percent the secondary color, and 10 percent an accent color. The dominant color is usually the color on your walls. The secondary color adds contrast to your room. This color can be used for furniture, rugs, wall accents. The accent color can be bold and vibrant. Accent pieces include pillows, pottery, artwork, small pieces of furniture, or small area rugs. Using the secondary or accent color in several rooms will create a cohesive feel throughout the house.
Create a Mood
Color affects moods in many ways. Some hues can cause you to feel more relaxed while others make you feel energetic. Let’s look at the moods different colors evoke.
- Yellow brightens any space and communicates happiness.
- Blue has been called the “world’s favorite color.” It is a calming color and creates feelings of tranquility.
- Green has a calming effect and is believed to relieve stress.
- Red is anything but shy. It raises a room’s energy level and adds excitement and drama.
- Orange is another high-energy color. It evokes excitement and enthusiasm.
- Brown suggests richness, warmth, and comfort.
Pay Attention to Lighting
Light can change the appearance of any color. Paint stores have light boxes so you can see what your paint swatch will look like in different types of lighting. Light bulbs emit either warm, cool, or natural light. Washed in natural light, wall colors remain true. Warm lighting is yellow. It enhances warm colors but dulls cool hues.
It’s hard to tell from a 2″x2″ paint chip what an entire wall will look like in any light. Consider painting a large poster board with your desired paint color and placing it in the room you plan to paint. This will give you a good idea of what the room will look like morning, noon, and night.
Color preferences boil down to what you like. By following this guide, you can be sure to choose a color palette that fits your personality and looks great in your custom home.
Parker Built Homes is a custom home builder specializing in unique new home construction in Tulsa, Northeast Oklahoma, and Northwest Arkansas. We love the challenge of helping people like you build the perfect home and creating the perfect color palette for your new dwelling. Call us today at 918-992-4788 for a free consultation, and together, let’s make your dreams come true!