How to decorate with color is a skill that can be learned

Decorate with color

If you are trying to learn how to decorate with color and find you don’t know where to start, a trip to home improvement store will get you off on the right foot. If you find you are having a difficult time detecting whether a red has more orange or blue, or whether you prefer a blue-green or a yellow-green and where it belongs on the color wheel, take a trip to your favorite paint store. Always take your time with colors. Let them sink in. Think about what colors you would like to have in your home.
Head for the Disney or children’s paint section where you can find the brightest, clearest primary colors. A primary color is a true color that is mixed with no other color. You probably remember from grade school that the primary colors are red, yellow, and blue. Choose the best primary red, yellow and blue you can find.
So you have picked out your three primaries. This will be the beginning of your journey with colors. Now go to other sections and choose reds, yellows, and blues that you like. When you hold these paint chips next to the primary color, you will definitely be able to spot the color variations. A red mixed with blue will be obvious to you and you will also be able to tell if the red leans toward orange. The same thing will happen if you put a blue-green next to a primary blue and a blue-red will jump out at you as you compare it to the primary blue. Try the same experiment with your primary yellow using yellow-green and yellow-orange.

You will find this is a great way to hone your color sense and make you more aware of the colors you are searching for or trying to match. If you are not familiar with these basics, take the time to study the color wheel and become familiar and comfortable with the language of color. This knowledge will help you go a long way when you are thinking about how to decorate with color.

Explore the Paint Department for the Latest and Greatest in Color and Decorating Ideas

While you are at the paint store, pick up some brochures, paint chips, and any other literature you may find interesting. Look through the folders and see what catches your eye. Try to determine what it is that attracts you to a certain color scheme. There are many free brochures on how to decorate with color. Look through them all, even if you don’t think you are not interested in a subject. Something there may give you some inspiration and lead you in a direction you may not have thought of when deciding how to decorate with color. Don’t be afraid of seeking advice from the people that work in the store. They already have a lot of experience in this field and their knowledge can be of great benefit to you.

Do you find yourself always drawn to particular colors?

Are the color schemes you are looking at complementary, analogous, split complementary, or monochromatic?

Are the colors bright and cheery? If so, what colors are you drawn to?

Do you prefer the cool colors? If so, what colors are you drawn to?

Are the neutrals more to your liking? Again, do you have certain preferences?


Use This Color Worksheet to Help Your Decision Making

At this point, it may be helpful to you to get some of your ideas and preferences about color out of your head and onto paper. There’s a lot to be said for clearing your mind of a jumble of thoughts. Print off this Color Worksheet fill it out and keep it in your portfolio for future reference. This will be useful no matter what room you are working on, and it will save you time and research later on when you decide to start another decorating project.

Consider New Faux Painting Techniques When Deciding How to Decorate With Color

colorSince you are in the paint department, let’s explore some more. Pick up some folders and brochures about faux painting. Are there some patterns there you find interesting? Which ones? What attracts you to this pattern? Is it the color mixture, the way the paint is applied, or maybe the texture that is achieved with this technique. Once you find a faux painting technique you like, be aware you can do this same pattern with any colors you prefer.
If you really like faux painting and are nervous because you have never done it before, first try it out on a small area using paint you may have handy at home. You can use a piece of scrap wood if you are really nervous, or you can pick up a small table or other pieces of furniture at a yard sale and see what happens as you experiment with this. Who knows, if it doesn’t appeal to you once you have finished it, perhaps someone in your family or the neighborhood will think you are an artist with hidden talent and proudly display your project.
Another way to practice is to faux paint the inside of a closet, or maybe do one wall in a seldom used room. This may lead you down a whole different path in home decorating.
Now that you have studied the color wheel, explored the paint department, and thought about your preferences, you are now in a position to make informed choices about color based on the new knowledge you have acquired.
If are not sure about using a color wheel visit Color Wheel Basics