5 Surprising Benefits of Choosing an Awesome Color Scheme

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    Being Surrounded by the Right Colors Can Make a Big Difference

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    5 Surprising Benefits of Choosing the Right Colors. ©Sherwin-Williams

    The Surprising Benefits of Color is More Than Color Psychology

    Color psychology is a fascinating science of how we react to the colors in our environment and how our color choices reflect who we are. In decorating, there's no need to delve deep into color psychology to get the benefits of the right colors in your home. 

    When You Find the Right Color Palette Everything Falls Into Place 

    You may not know exactly which colors you should use, but you can probably tell when something isn't right. Creating a color palette can not only make your home more enjoyable, but it can make decorating and improving your home quicker and easier. Once you create your color palette, all the decisions about decorating will flow easily from there. No more standing in a store for twenty minutes trying to decide if a throw pillow is the right color for your bedroom. Armed with the right color palette, you can make decisions easily. 

    Using just a few basics of color theory and the color inspiration of your choosing, you can create your palette confidently. Knowing the basics of how colors relate to each other can help you combine colors in a palette that expresses your own style. 

    You'll want to become familiar with all of your color options by using Pinterest, decorating magazines and sites, and decorating shows. Color inspiration can help you narrow down your choices and reap the benefits of having the right palette for your home. 

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  • 02 of 06

    The Benefit of a Balanced Color Palette is a Relaxing Retreat

    Bedroom in Neutral Color Scheme
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    A Neutral Color Palette Can Transform Your Home Into a Soothing Space

    Creating a relaxing home is more than just choosing neutral colors, you will also need to combine them in a relaxing way. Every neutral color has a subtlety, called an undertone, that can help you design a balanced space with color. Understanding how color undertones work is the first step to choosing colors that soothe. 

    For the Ultimate in Relaxing Colors, Go Monochromatic

    A monochromatic color scheme is a relaxing option for your home. Creating a monochromatic color scheme is surprisingly simple. Your monochromatic scheme is based on a single color in various shades and tones. If your main color is taupe, then the colors in your scheme would be lighter, darker, and mid-tone variations, of taupe. 

    60-30-10 The Not-So-Secret Formula to Perfect Color Palettes

    The secret to a relaxing color scheme is using the right amounts of each color. Creating a color palette with the popular 60-30-10 color decorating rule means simply using 60% of your main color, 30% of a secondary color, and 10% of an accent color. There are ways to customize the 60-30-10 rule, but the formula is solid for creating a balanced space.

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  • 03 of 06

    Entertaining is a More Fun When Your Colors are in In-Tune With Your Life

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    Your Favorite Colors are Meant to be Shared

    There is something so satisfying about living in a home that you love. When you decorate your home in your favorite colors ​in a palette you love, it not only feeds your soul but it can also inspire you to open your home more often to guests. When your home doesn't look or feel right, it's hard to imagine inviting people over at all. If you love to entertain but have been putting it off because you are waiting until your home is perfect, it's time to rethink that.

    Decorate in Phases if You're Not Ready for a Whole House Project

    While you may not be able to redo your entire home, you can paint and decorate in phases starting with your entertaining spaces. The living room and kitchen are the most popular spaces for entertaining, so start there with your new color palette. With a whole-house palette already figured out, you can move from room to room at your own pace but all of your rooms will be beautifully coordinated as you complete each one. 

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  • 04 of 06

    A Pretty Color Palette is an Inspiration to Decorate

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    The Perfect Color Scheme is Just the Beginning

    When your colors are right, everything starts falling into place in your home. Something as simple as painting the walls can spark new projects as you are seeing your rooms in a new light. Yes, this can mean that you're going to be taking on new projects, but with your new color palette in place, decorating will be so much easier. 

    Once you create your color palette, it can help you decorate in every room. Be sure to take your new colors with you as you shop for furniture and accessories, so that you can easily match them to your palette. You can add a pop of color as an accent by shopping for accessories with your color palette in hand.

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  • 05 of 06

    Here's How Color can Help You Keep Your Home Clean and Organized

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    Yes, the Right Color Palette Might Even Make Your Day Easier

    Clutter and disorganization are one of the top challenges in a busy life. Wouldn't it be nice to have a hand with keeping your spaces organized? Surprisingly, the right colors can give your home an uncluttered look, and help you defeat clutter. 

    Here's how How Using the Right Colors Can Help You Defeat Your Clutter Problem

    • The right colors can reduce visual clutter. Not all clutter problems in your home come from actual clutter. Visual clutter is having too much going on at once in a room. Visual clutter is often Color clutter, it comes from too many accent colors or displaying a lot of different decor items in many colors. Choose a simple color palette and limit yourself to two or three accent colors. Group small items on display by color, to create pools of color rather than little pops of color all over the room.
    • A clean and simple color palette can help you hide your storage pieces in plain sight, making it easier to make use of them. Choose storage solutions like baskets and boxes in colors that match your walls or flooring. Having adequate storage nearby will help you tame those clutter-magnet spots in your home in a pretty way.
    • Use colors from your palette in clever ways. If your main color is beige, and your secondary color is dark brown, buy linens and accessories in those colors. Buying items in your palette colors allows you to seamlessly add them to any room in your home. Your linens and accessories will also be interchangeable from room to room, so you can switch them out quickly if guests arrive unexpectedly.
    • Choosing the wrong paint colors can also create clutter in your home. Take time to sample any colors you're considering before committing them to your walls. Taking the extra time to get the colors right will make a big difference in your home.
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  • 06 of 06

    You'll Love Coming Home to the Right Exterior Paint Palette

    Curb Appeal Color Scheme
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    Curb Appeal Sets the Mood for What's Inside 

    You deserve a home that makes you happy when you walk up to the door. It doesn't matter if you have an awesome Mid-Century Modern home, a tiny house on wheels, or a third-floor condo, coming home should feel like a beautiful, lingering, exhale. 

    Choosing an exterior color scheme that makes you happy and highlights the best features of your home can​ also boost your curb appeal. Many people think that curb appeal is something you only think about if you're selling your home, but it's important to every home because it sets the tone for what's inside.

    If you don't have an entire exterior to decorate, focus on your front door color. A painted front door is an inexpensive color project that makes a huge impact on your home, and your mood. A trick to incorporating your color scheme inside and out is to choose one of your interior accent colors for your front door. This reinforces your color palette and helps color flow from your foyer into your home.