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Choosing Colors for a New House

By January 25, 2014 One Comment
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Choosing colors for a new house can be exciting! You are ready to make it your home, Congratulations! Now materializes the task of picking colors for your new house. Where do you begin?

Simple! Consider the finishes in the house and consider things that you love and are inspired by. Most naturally you will end up navigating towards those colors because you love them. Also, consider some of your existing furnishings that have colors elements that you love. Colors in a new space should intrigue you not overwhelm you with concern.

colors to inspire

This palette of colors is neutral. A neutral palette is good to work with on walls. Then bring your color elements in through your art, rugs, pillows and various other accessories.

Consider your fix elements:

After you feel you have a direction of colors you would like to use, look at the fixed elements in the space. The fixed elements are items that are part of the house. The flooring, cabinetry, and countertops. Consider these when deciding what colors will work best in the space. Also, consider the size of the rooms including the ceiling height and light entering into the room.

The fixed elements will most likely not be changed for a while. When choosing colors consider the undertones within these. Keep in mind that there are thousands of colors. If you love blue consider a blue that has similar undertones to your fixed elements.

Next, find an item or two that represents the colors that you love and would like to have throughout your spaces. This could be a piece of art, a printed pillow, vase, collection of ______ you fill in that blank. With those items in mind and considering the fixed elements in your home, you can create a color pallet that can be repeated throughout. I typically advise clients to consider no more than three colors per floor. The colors per floor should complement one another so that they tie the rooms together.

Consider using the main color down the halls and the second and if you chose a third color in the adjoining rooms. This is why it is important to coordinate the colors, it will make the house flow. Sometimes clients prefer to choose only one color for the walls throughout a floor of their new house and add the other colors through curtains, throws, pillows, rugs etc. I tend to always recommend the most neutral color for your walls and colors as accents through the room.

 If you have any questions about choosing colors please connect. I would love to see the new colors you chose for your new home.

Other articles that may be of interest to you:

Colors How They Work Together

 

Try Out Your Room Colors Virtually

Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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