When it comes to staging your home to sell or looking for a new home that fits your aesthetic, you might be surprised to discover how much a color palette affects the atmosphere of a room.
In today’s post, we’ll explore how different types of stylish real estate have implemented color in ways that change the ambience of a home. From living rooms to kitchens, bedrooms, and even bathrooms, there is a method to choosing colors for your home.
If you need assistance turning your Denver or Front Range home into stylish real estate to sell quickly, Susan Thompson Real Estate can help you make updates and stage your home. Contact us today to set up an appointment.
The Color Wheel
When it comes to choosing color schemes for your home, it’s important to understand how to use the color wheel because this is how different color schemes are created. The color wheel contains 12 different colors that can be mixed and matched in a variety of ways to create different moods in each room.
Some color schemes are subtle, while others include several colors and create a bright, energetic space. Decide how much energy you want a space to have, the mood you want to create, and start exploring different color options.
Types Of Color
The color wheel is made up of three different categories of colors: primary colors, secondary colors, and tertiary colors.
Primary colors are the most basic colors that cannot be created by mixing any other colors. These colors include red, yellow, and blue.
Secondary colors are created by mixing primary colors together. Orange is made by mixing red and yellow, green is created by mixing yellow and blue, and purple is created by mixing red and blue.
Tertiary colors are created by mixing a primary color with a secondary color. These colors include red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-purple, and red-purple.
Hues, Tints, Shades, Tones
Now that you have a basic understanding of the different types of colors, it’s time to start mixing in neutrals. Why would you want to do this? Well, adding plain yellow to your walls is going to make the space really loud and even induce anxiety. Yellow mixed with white, however, creates a softer, relaxing tint that’s perfect for a nursery.
A color that hasn’t been mixed with a neutral is called a hue. Hues are the colors you see on a color wheel at their most vibrant.
Tints are created by adding white to a color. As stated above, adding white will lighten the color and lower its intensity for a softer look.
Shades are created by adding black to a color. This creates deep, rich shades that add warmth to a space.
Tones are created by mixing gray and a color together. Similar to creating shades, tones make a color darker — but only slightly. Since gray is a mixture of white and black, gray can darken a color while keeping it soft and cooler than a shade.
While neutrals can change the temperature of a color, hues themselves have a specific temperature to begin with. This is important to note because, though you may want to paint a bedroom pink (red mixed with white), it’s still going to have more energy and heat than if you painted a room robin’s-egg blue (blue-green mixed with white).
When deciding on a color palette, it’s important to understand how the temperature of a color will affect the environment of the room. Warm colors are more vibrant and infuse the space with more energy, while cool colors are calming and generally provide relaxation.
Warm colors include red, orange, yellow, and the tertiary colors in between them. These colors are great for areas like the kitchen, dining room, and game room — lively places where there’s a lot going on.
Cool colors include green, blue, purple, and their tertiary colors. Cool colors are great for areas like the bedroom, bathroom, and living areas where you want to relax and unwind.
Even with the basics under your belt, choosing a color scheme to create a piece of stylish real estate can still be a challenge. For experienced help to stage your home, contact Susan Thompson Real Estate.
Stay tuned for Part 2, where we’ll go into more depth about how to create unique and engaging color schemes.