The colours that you choose for use all over your home can truly make or break the space, no matter what other elements you choose to incorporate. Here are some do’s and don’ts that you should keep in mind as you are choosing new colours for your next home improvement project:

DO learn about the colour wheel, a handy tool that is used by artists and designers from all over the world. Right in the middle of the wheel are the three primary colours that all the others sre created from – red, blue and yellow. These colours are surrounded by the secondary colours – orange, purple and green. When you combine these secondary colors with the primary colour next to them you are left with the colours of the third level of the wheel – yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-purple, red-purple, red-orange.

Of course these are far from the only colours you have to choose from. Every shade has hundreds of versions to choose from. However, if you learn about your basic colour options you will gain a better perspective on what might work well in your home

DON’T be afraid to use complementary colours – Despite the fact that the various colors on the color wheel do like to “hang out” with their neighbors – yellows with greens, blues with purples – pairing colours that are found at opposite sides of the wheel is a bit more daring but it will make for a bold, interesting and yet still rather harmonious effect in many cases.

For example, pairing a bright and bold orange couch with light blue elements  can give a room a very pulled together, slightly tropical flair, a look worth considering for a room that gets a lot of warm sunlight.

DO Consider the Psychology Behind Colours – Various different colours are capable of bringing a whole different vibe to a room. Red is bold, rather sensual and tends to inspire action, while most blues are far more calming and serene. So blue in a room will give off a sense of peace and quiet in the room while red elements should serve to liven things up a lot.

DON’T Forget that Colours Can Change According to Their Surroundings – The same colour can look very different when used in different ways. A large area of a certain color will look considerably lighter than a thin line of the exact same shade.

The light in a room can make a huge difference as well. That is why you have to be very careful when shopping. The colours that looked so nice in the shops may look hideous when you get them back to your home which it lit in a completely different way to the showroom. Bringing samples home and looking at them there is always worth the extra time and effort.

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