Choose Wisely: Colors
- Serene and Peaceful
To create a feeling of serenity, focus on a soft color palette. This can create a feeling of rest and relaxation. Low-contrast color schemes are the best way to create a calm, restful atmosphere. Use a monochromatic color scheme for this feel.
- Bold Brights
If you’re looking to spread cheer through your décor, use pure strong colors in your decorating. High-contrast color schemes are an exciting way to add warmth.
Because the romantic mood is a nostalgic one, consider working with muted and light hues. Just about any color scheme can be made to look romantic. Use accessories to bring out the romantic atmosphere of any room.
A sophisticated atmosphere gives a feeling of elegance and royalty. Muted tones help create an air of sophistication.
If your tastes run to the traditional, then you probably prefer formal décor. Dark antique furnishings, leather, classic books, and rich saturated colors give a feel of yesteryear. Remember when choosing the temperature of color in your traditional room that a cool palette will further formalize the room’s atmosphere, while a warm palette will give it a friendlier feeling.
One way to put together a country style color palette is to work from a favorite item. Pick up the deep rich tones of an old Amish quilt, or faded greens and blues of an old painted piece of furniture.
If you favor the clean lines of modern furniture, your taste can be described as contemporary. Shapes are inter-mixed with curves to create a more inviting environment. True white, black, and gray are the contemporary neutrals of choice.
In an eclectic décor, literally anything goes. You can mix and match periods, styles, and textures to your heart’s content. Neutrals are a proven way of offsetting the unique furniture and one-of-a-kind artwork that make a room eclectic.