Posted on | February 15, 2013 | 3 Comments
It’s official – when it comes to home design, color has made a comeback! While most homeowners embrace the idea of color, it can be a challenge to know exactly how to apply it successfully to a room. We caught up with Charlotte interior designer Donna Livingston, of DL Design, Inc., to find out the best tips for adding color to the walls of our living spaces.
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Donna isn’t one to shy away from color in design. To choose the right color for a space, she first looks to the fabrics she will use. “The fabrics that go into a room need to meet the homeowners’ style, functional needs and price point, which can make the options somewhat limited, “she notes. “The paint options, however, are unlimited. I tend to pull a color palette from the upholstery, rugs or draperies. It’s far from the only means to choose a color, but I have found that it works well.”
Donna notes that used properly, bold colors can work in almost any space. “Strong, saturated colors can look great, but they have to be the right color. It’s helpful if the home has strong architectural features that can support a strong color. Also, the intensity of the color should be balanced with neutrals. I use neutrals on the trim, moulding and baseboards.”
The right color is also more important than the room size. “People think you have to use lighter colors in smaller rooms to make them appear larger,” says Donna. “For most of us, cozy is the ultimate goal, and you can’t get that from lighter colors. Also, the right look for a room is 70 percent color, 30 percent sheen. The amount of sheen in a paint really changes how the color interacts with light, and can completely change the feel and brightness of a room.”
While color for an individual room needn’t be determined by its dimensions, the flow of one room into adjoining rooms has to be considered. “You have to focus on the home as a whole,” Donna explains. “If I choose a strong color for one room, I will keep other rooms more neutral for a layered effect.”
Donna concedes that choosing a color palette for a whole home can be challenging. ”Most people can pick one color, but struggle to pick several. If you’re having trouble, I recommend hiring a designer to look at your home and help you choose. Getting it right is worth the added expense. Also, take it slow. Try new things little by little. Color is a bit of a risk, but the results can be brilliant.”