Panoply Interior Design – Choosing a Color


Did you know that a lot of people are afraid of using color in their homes?  In fact, you may be one of them!  So many homes we see are painted in neutral tones, and that’s great, too – we can definitely make it work.  But if you are ready to ditch the blah, and try something new, we have you covered. Don't be afraid of color in your interior design.

So, how do I choose a color?

Stop by any paint or department store and you will find slews of men and women staring at color samples – but choosing a color palette for your home doesn’t have to be that difficult.

The first place you should start when determining a color for a room, is the mood.  Scientific studies have been done, and continue to be done, in regards to how color affects mood.  There is actually a whole field called ‘Color Psychology’ that was born in the 1970s.  So, beginning by deciding on which mood you would like each room to display is truly a vital step in this process.  Obviously, not every color will work for every mood.  You wouldn’t want to paint a room red only to then decide you would like a tranquil area.  Really take some time to think about what you want to feel when you walk into that room.  Don’t forget to take notes during this thinking process.

Once you have established what atmosphere you would like to create - choosing your main color is much easier.  You can literally move around the color wheel and determine what feelings each color evokes.  Blues are associated with tranquility and calmness, such as the ocean and sky.  Greens create a comfortable, friendly atmosphere – reminiscent of nature.  Yellows are cheerful and uplifting – like having the sunshine in your home.  Oranges are energetic and stimulating.  Reds have a stimulating effect as well – along with adventurous and passionate.  Purples are associated with sensuality, clarity, and purpose.  Every color on the color wheel can evoke certain feelings, moods, or thoughts.  Once you have chosen your mood and color, you can move on your accent color.

A great place to decide on an accent color is again, your color wheel.  There are two easy quick ways to choose an accent color.  The complementary and analogous color schemes.  The complementary color scheme is just like it sounds – colors that complete each other.  You will find a color’s complementary mate across the color wheel.  Reds and greens, purples and oranges, and so on – very contrasting.  For some, this color scheme may be too visually stimulating, but for others – it may create the exciting atmosphere they desire.  The analogous color scheme is much more peaceful.  These colors can be found next to each other on the color wheel – yellows and greens, purples and blues, reds and oranges.  Once you decide between these two schemes, choosing your accent color will be easy.

We certainly hope that this has been helpful to you.  We would love to further assist you in transforming your home.  For more information on the services we offer, please give us a call at (770) 251-4557 or stop by our showroom located at 16 Greenville Street - Newnan, GA 30263.