Everyone does it!
That is, everyone looks at color, and feels the effects of color-one way or another. Even those with impaired vision experience and feel color internally.
So, when it comes to actually deciding what colors to use for our homes or even for our businesses, some confusion usually ensues. Typically, the ways color is decided when we need help is one of these:
Paint store defined palettes: Makes it easy, requires little imagination (ie: it’s already done for you). At the very least, this can be a good place to start, to explore testing some colors in your own home.
Ask-a-friend or family member: sometimes works, but the friend or family member is then responsible for their advice (and the relationship!)
Painter recommendations: Painters have more experience with applied color than anyone else in the field.
While some painters are happy to work with you closely to arrive at your specifically personal colors, I’ve noticed that they will typically want you to tell them what colors to use, so they can keep rolling.
However, on the side of patience and imagination, there might be more that’s needed to achieve something really personal and interesting.
Copy the house down the street: this can be good for inspiration but might not suit your house, Or You, even if it’s the same style building.
- You are different! There are no two people alike, even though they might like the same kinds of colors.
- your House is different – even if it’s only the specific physical location
- Landscaping is likely to be different.
- lighting is probably not the same
Whether it’s for interior or exterior colors, in the process of determining a unique, harmonious and balanced personal color palette for your home, the four qualities in the title of this post are essential to really get it right. Don’t worry about where to begin, because you can actually start with any of them. The creative process is one that evolves through all of those phases.
They are all part of eliminating the frustration of being confronted by thousands of colors, and turning the experience into one that’s enjoyable and informative. At some point you may want to consult with a professional about any of these aspects of selecting colors:
- Imagining – artistic
- Knowing – educated, trained specially in the field
- Envisioning – experience
- Creating – putting it together
And finally: Enjoying
Something you can do without any help at all!