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Keep color choices in tune with your wood floors and classic design

April 14, 2014

Hardwood FlooringPainting a room may be second nature to some homeowners, but choosing new colors can be one of the hardest parts of a room design makeover. Some home decorators stick with tried-and-true color combinations and others decide to go in an entirely new direction. Whatever the final outcome, the hues should be in tune with the room's wood floors, whether they're traditional and homey or contemporary and sophisticated like those in Anderson's Brevard collection.

This Old House magazine recommended choosing colors according to the atmosphere they create in a room. Cool colors like blue and gray evoke a serene and comfortable mood, while warm citrus colors set a cozy, welcoming tone. Considering the activities that take place in a room that's about to be repainted may be the best guide. Active spaces like family rooms are attuned to bolder shades, but home offices where concentration is needed or bedrooms where you rest should be painted in a more subdued color scheme.

A classic look
One of the simplest ways to decide on a color scheme is to rely on combinations of hues that have become classics for a reason. These are colors that end themselves to a variety of decorating trends, they provide a great backdrop for myriad accent shades or they're simply perennial favorites that never get old.

Of all the classic combinations, black and white comes to mind for its versatility when it comes to matching bold colors for accessorizing. Even by itself, this combo can look elegant or crisply casual depending on the style of furnishings around it.

HGTV showed in one of its home design features that a black and white color scheme works as well in outdoor spaces as it does inside a house. On the front porch of a colonial home, the design channel showed how black shutters and period-style wrought iron lanterns for lighting could create a memorable impression for a white painted home. The white porch railings were offset by black rocking chairs and a white porch swing with black and white decorative pillows.

Contrast plays a role
The HGTV example pinpointed how neutral colors may lay the groundwork for a color scheme, by strong contrast also plays an important role. Whether through accessories, fabrics or window treatments, such pieces are the perfect way to add some texture or contrast with the low-key shades used for walls, ceilings and room trim. They're also easy enough to change periodically to keep a room from becoming stale or outdated.