Choosing the Right Color Scheme for Your Condo
There are several misconceptions regarding when designing small spaces such as condos. Regardless of what colors you choose, the goal is creating an inviting design that takes away one’s attention to the mere space of the condo. When it comes to color, however, there is no hard rule. There are some tips to heed though. Here they are.
Apply the 60/30/10 rule
Interior designers are very familiar with this rule. The idea behind this rule is very simple: 60% of the colors should come from the walls; 30% from the upholstery and other furnishings and accessories and 10% from the accent pieces. In applying the rule, the design elements in your condo including the wall paints will not look forced. Instead, the colors will have a nice flow.
Pick sharp colors
According to the author of Interior Design for Idiots, Mark McCauley, clear colors expand a space. Thus, you may select a palette with sharper colors such as hot red or electric blue or even colorful plaids. Just make sure there is air in between the color or color combinations. The combinations with negative space enhance the clarity and openness of the given space. This is not a hard rule though because you can always go with pastel colors if you like.
Put colors on unexpected places
Add depth to a room by bringing splashes of colors to areas that don’t typically painted. These areas are commonly overlooked. For example, you can paint the insides of a bookshelf or the linings of the windowsills. These colors also make the space feel more spacious while bringing excitement to a rather dull area. Not to mention, transforming the areas into great conversation-starters.
Designate a focal wall
Not all interior designers would agree to this, but you can always choose to paint a focal wall. The color can be one shade deeper than the rest of the colors in the room. This can make small spaces look bigger than usual. At times, a wall only needs a color to make it pop. Or, it can be the ceiling, which is considered as the fifth wall. Paint it with a color shade of your chosen main color. Other than this, you may consider painting the wall or ceiling using faux finishes or specialty techniques.
Connect spaces with one another
Speaking of shades, consider connecting the spaces by painting each area with the closest shades to one another. The rule of thumb is choosing a shade that surrounds that apparent color on the color wheel. Another thing, it may not always be the paint. It means the little touches such as the pillows, curtains or rugs. The color of each of the element in the room makes for a cohesive space.
Balance the color intensity
If the ceiling and walls on a particular room are colored with darker colors, make sure that all the other elements are in softer colors. However, make sure that the colors complement one another otherwise if you are going to use contrasting colors, make sure that the contrast is very apparent. However, if you want to make a specific area to stand out (such as the focal wall), make sure that all the other furnishings on the said area will act as a support to this focal area.
Create a visual interest
A wall’s finish can decidedly make it pop. If you choose to settle on one color for all the walls, you may choose to vary its finishes. You may paint one wall with a satin finish, the adjacent wall with semi-gloss and the adjacent wall with high-gloss finishes. A velvet effect can be created through this process, visible when the light hits these walls Alternatively, you may paint the walls with flat finish and the ceiling with high-gloss finish. This can make the ceiling higher and more reflective, too. Higher gloss means more sheen and thereby, more attention drawn to the particular surface.
Add a black
Regardless of the color combinations as well as their shades, one color that can make a space truly spacious is the touch of black. No, you don’t need to paint a wall entirely black. Instead, put specific black-colored item such as a frame or lamp to make the other colors stand out. The black colors help in clarifying the other colors and grounding the space.
Experiment with colors
Before painting the walls, make sure that you experiment with your chosen colors. Experiment using 2-ounce paint samples to be painted on a blank canvas. The process will give you a good idea of what your chosen colors really look like. Nonetheless, make sure that you are viewing the canvas on both natural and artificial lights.
Choose a color closest to your heart
When selecting a color scheme, the most important thing to consider is you. What are the colors that speak to you emotionally? Look at the colors of the things that you currently own. Is there a dominant color? Alternatively, you may have seen a color combination before that sticks to your memory. What is it about such combination that makes you comfortable about it?
Not all of us realize the importance of choosing the right colors for our condo units, albeit being a subjective decision. Aside from enhancing the feelings of our wellbeing, colors can make the rooms roomier and cozier, light up the otherwise dark areas, and enliven the dull areas through visual interest. As such, colors make the plainest of condos livelier. So, choose the right color. The rule of thumb is making sure that you can live with the colors that you chose.
Apparently, when choosing colors for your condo, it is not just about the color of the paints, but also all the elements that make the unit a cohesive place as it should be. Don’t make the common mistake of reading too many interior design books and then, zeroing in on what colors you really like yourself. If you do, you’d only place you are in a different place and that place is not somewhere you’d like to get yourself in.