How to Stand Out: Coloring in Your Home

September 29, 2015

Color is important – but how important? We are a visual species, and certainly a certain level of color creates a vivid and memorable impression upon us. Whether it is a painting, a natural vista, or some nice new clothes, we are always interested in the colors – but not only that. We are also interested in how those colors play with each other, how they interact and communicate an overall feel and emotion. When colors work well together they create something greater than their parts – something pleasing, entertaining, and scintillating. When colors clash, however, you will be talking about it for some time to come, and not in a complementary manner. This goes double for your house, perhaps the greatest canvas you will ever work upon.

How to Stand Out with the Coloring in Your Home

Using color, you can not only differentiate your house from other houses, but truly make it a work of art in and of itself – indeed, you can make your house the most memorable one in the neighborhood if you can properly wield the color wheel. With your home’s exterior, you are looking not to just have a single monochromatic theme – i.e., to have a single color on all of your siding. Instead, you should consider the perspective and approach of anyone looking at your home, and consider how those colors can match and compliment each other. Generally speaking, most homes will use a combination of three different colors on the house’s exterior in order to create a color scheme that is pleasing to the eye.

You usually see two complementary colors that are opposite to each other on the color wheel, such as red versus green; when bringing in the third color, it is typically a complement to one of the two colors that are contrasting one another. This allows for each color to stand out, but when bringing in that third color, you create a lower contrast. It will be up to you to decide which is more important to you – high vividness and noticeability or low contrast and more “pleasing” to the eye.

Getting Warmer or Cooler, if You Like

One of the most common schemes you see is warm color schemes, with the other being cool color schemes. These are generally what you would expect: color schemes used based on where they sit on the color wheel. Red, yellows, and oranges are warm, whereas blues, purples, and greens are cool. Warm colors tend to create a kind of energetic feeling in the viewer while cool colors are calmer and more at peace. This is ultimately a choice of taste and personality; you should choose the color scheme that best evokes who you are and what you want in your home life. Just remember – nothing too crazy! Respect the color wheel and the principles behind color schemes and you will go far!