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Let features like flooring stand out in a cohesive color scheme

March 04, 2014

Hand-Scraped-Hickory-FloorsDesign consultant Cindy Lee Bergerson is the first to admit that committing to a color scheme for the whole house may be overwhelming. By limiting the color palette, and enhancing it with beautiful flooring like Anderson's Vintage Legacy floor collection, homeowners can approach such a major project in baby steps.

Among the ways that home decorators can do this is to paint their hallways the same neutral color to tie different rooms together. The ceiling may be a paler shade of the wall color used in a room. For more adventurous types, the ceiling may even be painted in a bolder, accent color.

On her website, DecodingDecor.com, Bergersen suggested an easy way to test different colors without painting large practice swatches around the house. Instead, pick two hues and paint them onto sheets of white foam core available at arts and crafts supply stores. Keep in mind that lighting at different times can affect how the colors will look in natural light during the day and artificial illumination after dark. The samples can be moved around the house to gauge these differences.

This also gives homeowners a chance to see the colors together rather than just on tiny swatches, which makes it easier to coordinate a final combination house-wide even if the shades are used in different rooms.

Simplify color selection
Seeing your home design as a whole makes choosing colors simpler and will result in a decorating plan that ties together well for a unified look. The chosen colors, or shades of them, can be repeated in different rooms, but in a unique way for each space.

A good way to implement Bergersen's advice is to paint no more than four colors throughout a residence and to connect all of them with the same trim and molding. A wall color in one room design can be the ceiling color elsewhere in the home.

Another method is to stick with one color family, which is composed of different shades of the same color. The lighter tones work best in the public spaces such as dining, living and kitchen areas. Darker ones are good choices for bedrooms and home offices.

For areas of the home like kids' bedrooms or a basement family room, using bright colors as accents can still take place as long as they're coordinated with the main neutrals used throughout the home. Beyond paint, the bolder selections can be introduced into these spaces with fabrics, pillows or wall art.