The colors you choose for the interior of your house will set the mood and spirit in your home. And, coordinating the colors in your home will make you feel comfortable and create a sense of peace and harmony.   Applying good color flow throughout your home is an excellent way to achieve balance and connection from one space to another.  Choosing the perfect colors for you home is also an important decision.  One common suggestion for choosing your color palette is to use the colors from a favorite object in your home: a painting, the couch, or a piece of pottery.   Then, when choosing coordinating colors throughout your home, it can be helpful in to visit your local paint store or search online expert advice.  Below are several colour coordination tips from top Canadian designers Sarah Richardson, Jane Lockhart, and Debbie Travis.

Sarah Richardson

Colour coordination tips from top designers

Colour coordination tips from top designers

Sarah Richardson, a designer and television personality, suggests that painting your walls in a rich mix of layered colours will add character and personality to your home.  Her first suggestion is to pick fabrics for your bedding, curtains, etc., that have your favourite accent colours.  Then match the wall paint to this fabric.  Always apply darker paint shades to the lower portion of the wall, perhaps below an installed chair rail, because dark paint up high makes the ceilings appear lower. When mixing and matching colours, select shades that all have a similar tonal intensity, this will create a natural flow from one area to the next.  And, to maximize the multi-hued paint palette, paint your baseboards, trim, chair rail and any crown molding white.

Jane Lockhart

Colour coordination tips from top designers

Colour coordination tips from top designers

According to Jane Lockhart, a professional interior designing in Ontario, the key to fantastic room to room color is lots of intensity and lots of tone, meaning grey.

Lockhart said, ”The color on your wall should not feel like it is going to overrun you.”

Below are several of Jane’s tried and true paint colors that will create balance and harmony in your home include:

  • Beige Color

Smokey taupe by Benjamin Moore, is a beautiful neutral grey beige that won’t go pink,  apricot, or peach and is always guaranteed to look good.

  • Grey Color

Jane prefers a warm grey that won’t appear blue.   Benjamin Moore’s Rockport grey or historical colors are an excellent choice for a warm grey.

  • Blue Color

Jane explains, “What is challenging about blue is blue paint will always get bluer once painted on the wall, which can take on the look of a boy’s bedroom.  Good choices for blue paint are Morning Fog by Martha Stewart and Benjamin Moore’s historic colors.”

  • White

Choosing a white paint that won’t appear yellow, blue or dingy is a challenge.  Taylor Chalk by Martha Stewart will not yellow.  Simply White by Benjamin Moore is nice, warm and will not appear dull against hardwood floors.

Debbie Travis

Colour coordination tips from top designers

Colour coordination tips from top designers

Debbie Travis, a British-Canadian television personality, self-taught interior decorator, and former fashion model, gives her time-tested suggestions for working with colour in your home.

Travis emphasizes,”The right colours in your home will have a powerful and positive impact on how you feel every day; and,  today’s home’s open-plan designs make it essential that rooms can coexist in their colors and designs.”

For instance, the kitchen, while once hidden behind a closed door, is now a place where living, lounging, dining and cooking coexist. A result of this is that kitchen products and colors must now blend in with the adjacent rooms. If your home is generally  rustic, contemporary, or traditional, the style of adjacent room kitchen should be the same.

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