When you walk into a room that is done completely in neutral colors, do you find your eyes searching for some color…even if it’s just a green plant or a colorful book jacket to break the monotony?

We humans respond to color:

  • Red is energizing
  • Yellow is cheerful
  • Blue is relaxing and serene, but can be chilling
  • Green is the most calming color
  • Dark purple is dramatic
  • Lavender and lilac are restful like blue, but without the chill factor
  • Orange evokes excitement
  • Neutrals (white, black, brown and gray) are, by definition, “impartial, noncommittal”

Those descriptions are broad generalizations, but you get the idea. Color matters when decorating your home. You want colors that will create the mood and ambiance that you want to achieve and, most importantly, that you like.

Here are some ideas on how to effectively use color and a color scheme to accomplish your decorating goals.

Line of sight and color

Dark Wood Blinds

Budget Blinds matching dark wood blinds unify this kitchen/dining room/living room but allow for unique furnishings in each area

Open living areas mean that several rooms are visible at the same time. For example, a kitchen that flows to the dining room that is off the living room would feel visually uncomfortable if each area had an independent color scheme.

  • Using a flow of colors will unite the overall space.
  • For a cohesive look, try matching wall color and window treatments like blinds, roman shades or drapes.
  • With this backdrop, you can add coordinating colorful accessories, rugs, furniture and art that differentiate the rooms, but present a harmonious color palette.

Adopting a color scheme that you can use throughout your home will not only make decorating easier, but you can move furniture and decorative pieces around from room to room. You don’t have to go shopping every time you want a change.

Replicating color for unity

Red Roman Shades

These two rooms use red, black and muted yellow of the rug pattern replicated in Roman Shades, accessories and features to keep this open space harmonious

If you have a favorite color, it’s probably already somewhere in your home. Maybe it’s your wall color, an accent wall, your sofa or chairs, or a rug. Maybe your favorite color isn’t necessarily appropriate for such a large visual investment (hot pink or purple), but you can still incorporate that color throughout your home with some thoughtful planning.

  • A patterned rug including your color in its design brings your color into the color scheme.
  • Replicating that color in a chair, side table, pillows, throws, framed prints and decorative items will allow you to creatively use your favorite color as an accent in all your rooms.
  • Soft window treatments like draperies or valances smoothly carry over a color from room to room.
  • Varying the amount of color in different rooms will eliminate the “matchy-matchy” look that screams model home or outside designer rather than your own personal touch.

Your home’s little black dress

Black Accents with Window Coverings

Use black accents to enhance any room, any style

Fashionistas tell us that no wardrobe is complete without the perfect little black dress that can be accessorized to formal evening glam or lunch-with-the girls casual. Some home design experts maintain that every room needs a touch of black to enhance and clarify all the colors and give a room depth.  In the examples below, you’ll see how black does seem to perfect the design, regardless of the style.

  • The mirror’s black frame makes the brown wood tones seem warmer
  • The black wrought iron stand keeps this bathroom from being overwhelmingly white
  • Black curtain rods and picture frames balance out the black leather couch
  • Black accents in pillow, rug and table legs make the orange drapes pop

Color, emotions and “It’s MY room!”

Colors evoke emotions and not everyone in your family may like the same colors, so a whole home color scheme may not be practical. One solution is to have all public rooms—entryway, living room, dining room, kitchen, powder room–in your chosen color scheme but allow family members to decorate their individual rooms (including bedrooms, offices and Man Caves) as they please. Or, keep the downstairs within your color scheme and the upstairs rooms open to interpretation.  If you’re in a color quandary, you’re not alone. Here are some thoughts on the challenge of using color from real people decorating their real homes:

  • The key is not to use the same amount of each color in each room.
  • I like the idea of running with a neutral color throughout and then individualizing each room with accessories, depending on its function.
  • I found the key is to choose a color palette with light, medium and dark colors.
  • That’s the cool factor about decorating a house…color, color, color!
  • Make sure you use a variety of tones, prints and textures.

Using color doesn’t have to be intimidating. A call to your local Budget Blinds Style Consultant can help. Using our new Inspired Drapes Lookbook, the Budget Blinds Design Guide and dozens of samples, you’ll be able to experiment with color and color combinations to find window treatments that “set the stage” for formulating the perfect color scheme for your home.  Our wide array of blinds, shutters, shades, curtains, drapes, valances and more will empower you to take the color plunge! Call 866-879-9730 today or go online to http://www.budgetblinds.com/ to find the Style Consultant near you and schedule your FREE, in-home consultation.

The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.” ―John RuskinThe Stones of Venice