April 17, 2019

8 Ways to Use Color in Your Home Design

Life (and Design) in Color

Floor plans, design, and décor all play an important role in the feel of an Ashton Woods home, but there’s another powerful element at play: color. From practical applications to psychological effects, color can enhance your life in countless ways.

The Practical:

While the floorplan of your home determines its layout, the colors you incorporate affect how that space feels. Your choice of colors can even influence how the size and shape of a room is perceived.

Coziness: Warm colors like red and orange can add a sense of comfort to a space, making it perfect for living rooms, dining rooms, and other family gathering places.

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Size: Choosing a light paint color like white or pale gray for your walls makes rooms feel more spacious and expansive. This works especially well when these shades are paired with windows and mirrors, bringing in light to make a smaller space seem larger.

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Style: A simple coat of paint can easily define your home’s design style. For example, for a rustic feel, incorporate natural shades like warm browns, brick reds, and soft tans. If a modern look is more your style, try light grays and whites.

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The Psychological:

Beyond the practical applications, color also has an effect on mood. If you want rooms to evoke a particular type of emotion, color plays a key role.

Red and Yellow: These shades add life and energy, stimulating both your appetite and your mind. The liveliness of these colors makes them great choices for kitchens or dining rooms. Or if you're feeling adventurous, an entire home.

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Green: As an incredibly versatile color, green can encourage multiple different emotions. A bright lime green adds fun and whimsy while a muted tone is perfect for relaxing in the bedroom. An earthy shade adds a rustic touch and pairs well with natural materials like wood, stone, and brick.

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Blues & Lavenders: In lighter shades, these cool tones are calming, making them a great fit for bedrooms and bathrooms. Richer, saturated shades are a bold way to express your personality and style.

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Gray and White: These clean, neutral colors add sophistication to any space. And with an infinite variety of shades, they complement any design style.

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Pink: Romantic and soft, pink is a popular color for nurseries and girls’ rooms. But in shades of dusty rose, blush, and coral, pink can be surprisingly sophisticated.

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Explore the world of color in your home and discover how a simple coat of paint or area rug can instantly change the look and feel of a room. Whatever your color comfort level, from small groups of accessories to a bold accent wall, there’s a way to inject life and style into your design. 

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