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Eeny Meeny, Miny, Moe - Which Color Should I Go?

Eeny Meeny, Miny, Moe - Which Color Should I Go?

Here are 15 simple tips to remove the color "noise" from choosing your perfect color.

Sometimes choosing color seems like you are in the middle of a children's nursery rhyme or a choosing  lottery numbers. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe - which color should I go?

Too many choices and no idea of how to choose just the right ones. It's like being in a candy store with all that lovely sweet temptation around you - so much choice, it all looks good and only 50 cents to spend! How do you choose the perfect candy? My solution is choose one of as many as you can afford and then next time you will know your favorite! That's my candy store theory, you may want to try it yourself.

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How do you pick your lottery numbers - do you go random numbers or have a set formula? Does it really make a difference? It is pure luck if your numbers come up and lets face it, the odds really are against us, so you may as well play around with some fun numbers before you throw away your money on the dream of winning big. Do you then keep the same numbers or start fresh each week? Yes, that's is food for thought.

Luckily for us, unlike the random lottery numbers or the candy store selection dilemma, choosing color does have a formula or process that helps us eliminate a lot of the "noise" when it comes to choosing a color.

Here are 15 simple tips to remove the color "noise" from choosing your perfect color.

  • Choose how you want the room to feel - warm or cool, this narrows down the color palette by half. Use the color wheel to choose a warm or a cool color.
  • Don't use too many colors as your eye will not know where to focus. Stick to a maximum of three to balance throughout the room.
  • Use the color wheel to help make color selections that you know have a formula for success. Analogous schemes (colors that are next to each other on the color wheel) are great for creating an "easy on the eye" scheme. Not too much change in color - blues and greens work best for this scheme and are usually calming and restful, ideal for bedrooms.

Analogous color scheme

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  • Use the largest pattern in the room and choose one color from that, it could be a rug, curtains, a painting, upholstery fabric on a chair or sofa, if you don't want to go with a solid or bold color, select from the patterns background or neutral palette.

Use the artwork for color inspiration

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  • Use a dark color to ground your scheme and gradually lighten up as you go vertically in the room with a mid tone color for your walls and a light color/white for the ceiling. 
  • Go out and look around you. See what other people have done and decide if it works for you or not. You don't have to copy it but it will get you thinking about what you like and what you don't.
  • If in doubt use neutrals and texture. Some people just can't live with color in their home - stick to neutrals, black white and gray, you can't go wrong with this combination. Remember to use texture so your scheme doesn't look flat and washed out under lighting.

    Use Texture
  • Be true to yourself (or your client) really understand what you like and don't like, this rules out may color options to start with making it easier for you to select one or three.
  • This may seem too easy - but take a look at the colors you wear. These will be colors that you like and flatter you. If you are into wearing all black and use jewelry to set off your outfits, then look at using a black leather sofa with a chrome and glass coffee table. You like florals with lots of color, then pick one strong color for your highlights like cushions and occasional chairs and a couple of coordinating neutrals for your walls and main pieces of furniture and drapery.
  • Use grey and a pop of color, soft pastels for a calm effect or hot pink or vibrant orange to add movement and interest.
  • A monochromatic color scheme is the easiest to master and always looks good. Here you use only one hue, you just have to decide on the one you like best.

    Monochromatic color scheme

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  • If you want to hide something that you can't move on a wall - simply paint it the same as the wall color. If you wan tit to stand out - use a contrasting color to make it a feature.
  • Using a light color will make the room look bigger and more open, using a dark color will make it feel more enclosed and smaller.
  • Using tried and true traditional combinations is an easy way to select colors. Black and white or blue and white for example.
blue and white color scheme

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  • Take a shortcut - choose a wallpaper you like and use the color scheme from that - the same can be said for the fabric. You don't have to have the wallpaper or the fabric in your home, you like the color scheme then use it.

    Wallpaper - use this to choose a color.

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