3 tips for selecting the right colour palette for your home

Date Wednesday, 30 September 2015 12:00 AM

Have you ever walked into a home that intuitively felt warm and welcoming? Conversely, have you entered a house and instantly experienced the desire to flee?

Chances are, you've encountered both these moments at some stage in your life. Without consciously knowing why, some homes simply resonate with us more than others. Anyone building a new home will naturally want to replicate the former feeling, but it can be a challenging thing to nail down.

What makes a house visually appealing? Why are some homes emotionally engaging? These vague questions are not always easy to answer, but there is one interior design element that can go a long way to helping you craft an inviting ambience: your home's colour palette.

This concept involves more than simply the colour of your walls. Every aspect of the room has a role to play, including furniture, material choices, artwork, fixtures and appliances. Check out these three tips to creating a beautiful colour palette:

1. Start central

Designing every interior space in your home is a daunting proposition, so rather than tackle the whole thing head on it may be wiser to segment the job room by room. Forbes suggested starting with a central area such as the living room or kitchen and selecting a few key colours that the rest of your new home can complement or contrast. Neutral tones are always a safe bet, though feel free to get creative with bolder hues

2. Consider the mood of the room

Having a cohesive palette throughout your home looks great, but that doesn't mean every room has to look the same. Depending on how you use the space, your colour choices may vary quite substantially. In the living room, for example, brighter colours such as reds, yellows and oranges can help create a social, outgoing atmosphere, based on the guidelines of colour psychology, WebMD explained. Neutral hues, on the other hand, may be effective in developing a more peaceful or formal environment.

3. Reflect your surroundings

Many G.J. Gardner home designs feature indoor-outdoor flows that take advantage of the surroundings in which they're set. You can take this idea to the next level by selecting a colour palette that draws inspiration from the environment. If you're building in a coastal region, for example, artwork and other decorations that feature blue and yellow hues can help bring the beach into your home.

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