Whether you’ve been interested in design for a while or you’re just getting started on your first room, you already know that there’s much ado about color. Color is one of the fundamental elements of design – something you’ll always have in every room. Approaches to bringing it into a space and feelings on how much is too much change from era to era as trends in design continue to come and go, but unless you have a room with clear plastic furniture and glass walls, a grasp of how to manage color in your spaces is one of the first steps to creating rooms you’ll love to live in.
There’s another good reason why color is one of the most discussed topics in design. Not only does it appear in every room ever designed, it also has a lot to say about what the finished room actually is and what it does. Do you want a room that’s energizing? Professional? Or are you just looking for someplace warm and inviting to relax after a long day? Whatever it is you’re looking for in a room, color is the key to making a room feel the way you want it to feel. Over the years, a number of different techniques have evolved to help designers both professional and novice approach this important point. From color wheels to color boards, there are plenty of options with plenty of color theory and psychology in between. And while all of it is useful, it can get a little complicated, particularly if designing rooms is not what you do for a living. But good news is that there’s really only three kinds of decisions you need to make about color in your home: the small ones, the medium ones, and the large ones.