When it comes to painting your interior walls, it may seem impossible to pick the “right” color. You may begin asking yourself, “Am I going to get tired of this color?”, “Does it even match my furniture?”, “Does it make this room look smaller?”. HGTV’s, Kathy McClearly shares an article after speaking with designer Mark McCauley who has dished out some of his secrets to help you choose the right color scheme for your room!
Choose a Color Scheme From the Largest Pattern in the Space: Pick colors you like from patterned upholstery, an Oriental rug or large piece of artwork. If you are looking for a neutral wall color, uses the pattern’s whites or beiges.
Start With the Formal Areas of the House: Choose a color scheme the living room, dining room, and entry way first, then pull one color from the scheme.
Decorate From Dark to Light, Vertically: Use darker shades for the floor, medium shades for the walls and lighter shades for the ceiling to make any space look good!
Study the Color of Your Clothes
Most people buy clothes in colors they like to wear and think they look good in. Similarly, you should decorate your rooms in colors you look good in. “If you don’t wear yellow, don’t get a yellow sofa,” McCauley says. “You’re going to look sickly on it.”
Use the Rule of 60-30-10: According to McCauley, “When decorating a space, divide the colors in the space into components of 60 percent of a dominant color, 30 percent of a secondary color and 10 percent of an accent color”. The walls will most likely be the majority, the upholstery would represent the secondary color and accessories such as a floral arrangement or throw pillows would make up the rest. “Works every time!” he says.