One of the biggest challenges in new home construction often comes when most of the actual construction work is done. That’s when it’s time to choose colors for the interior of the home. It seems like such a simple task, but it’s tied many a new homeowner in knots! How do you decide on the right color scheme for your new Pennsylvania home?
It’s not as simple as picking your favorite color and running with it. Just because you really like a color doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right one for every room in your house. And while some colors may be great as a bold accent color, that doesn’t mean they will work as an overall color throughout your home.
It’s also helpful to remember that not all color schemes work in all homes. You can go on sites such as Houzz.com and see some very bold and beautiful color treatments that work for a country kitchen in an old Victorian style home. But those same colors probably won’t work in a modern style kitchen that’s part of an open concept design where the kitchen opens into the adjoining great room of dining area.
That’s important when you’re trying to come up with a color scheme. You’re dealing with a variety of colors that are supposed to work together in harmony to create a unified look. It doesn’t mean that everything has to look the same, but there should be a flow from one room to another or from one section of your home to another.
Some designers take the approach that it’s best to start with the most prominent room in your home and work your way out from there. In most current homes, that’s probably the kitchen or the family room. You want that room to flow into the other rooms that are connected to it. Too much of a difference can make the rooms feel chopped up.
Having said that, going from one level of the house to another can provide a natural divider and allow you to make a more dramatic change. Still, you’ll have to connect the two areas, so you’ll probably want to stay within the same palette—even if the color shifts somewhat.
Color really can be a dilemma. Not even all whites are the same, and subtle shade differences can make a big difference in the overall look. Even the direction of light can make a significant difference (a room color that looks great in a south-facing room can look cold and unwelcoming in a north-facing room).
That’s one reason that spending a bit of money to enlist the services of a good interior designer/decorator can be money very well spent! If you find yourself with a color dilemma—you’re not alone! That’s when it may make sense to bring in a professional opinion. You’ll pay a bit more to do that—but you won’t have to repaint your home three times to get it right!