Tips for Matching Wall Colors With Your Home Furniture
Color plays a major role in our lives. It’s the joy of sunshine—the marigolds, burnt oranges, and soft reds we see when we look in the sky. The wide expands of blues from the sky to sea, the soft pinks of your favorite flowers, the range of flesh tones that we see in skin. Color surrounds us and affects us, deepening our feelings. The hues we choose to surround us can have more of an impact on our mood and our life than we expect.
When it comes to choosing the colors that surround us in our homes, there are a few different things we think about: how we want to feel when we walk into the bedroom, how we can best exude warmth and friendliness in the kitchen, and how our overall design can change just by a simple color swap.
Furniture can be the same—the comfort of a couch goes a long way, the stain on a dining room table can exude luxury or comfort. So when both paint color and furniture come into play, there’s a lot of decisions to make. If you want to make sure you’re making the smart choice for your home, introduce some of these tips for matching wall colors with your home furniture. Hopefully these tips will help you merge the best attributes of color and furniture, so you can control the moods of each room in the house.
Think About Flooring First
This may seem unimportant, but if you don’t think about your flooring first, then you’ll run into a fluidity problem. A room’s design starts from the ground up—which means thinking about the floor before you slather paint on the walls. Whether you have carpet or hardwood, you need to think about which colors and schemes will work best with the flooring options you have.
For example, if you have an onyx-stained wood floor, then you might not want to go with dark blue wall. Or if you have a carpet with brown undertones, then you’ll want to choose a paint color that has warmer, rather than cold, undertones. Looking to the floor will help you make wall color decisions in the future.
Decide on Complementary or Analogous
The next decision about the general color scheme involves the placement of hues on the color wheel. While some prefer neutral walls in shades of white, gray, or beige, others want to make more of a statement. If you have a blue couch, then you need to decide whether you want the color of the walls to be complementary or analogous to that. For example, if you chose to go complementary to the blue couch, then you’d choose colors that are opposite from blue on the color wheel—in other words, orange walls.
If you’re not feeling that bold, then you can also choose to go with an analogous color scheme. This means you’ll choose colors that lie next to blue on the color wheel. You can choose lighter shades of blue for the wall or those that skew toward violet or green. Once you’ve decided on this, it’ll make the rest of the room design easier—you’ll have narrowed down colors that will fit in your design plan.
Assess Colors in Furniture
Now, in order to match up wall color to furniture, you need to take a look at the furniture you have in the room. You can always find slip covers for couches and chairs to complement a wall color if you don’t want limitations placed on paint. If you’re happy with, for example, the color of the leather of your couch, you need to take a look at the cool or warm undertones and make your decision from there. No matter whether you choose to keep the furniture as is or add some shade touch-ups, you still need to assess the colors that are in the furniture.
Again, look to see what undertones are in the pieces. Does the red chair have little notes of brown in it? Does the yellow coffee table feature warm or cold tones? Make notes of these undertones so that you can look back to them once you’re looking at wall colors.
Play With Wall Colors
This is the tough part, because there’s not really any wrong choice. It all just comes down to personal preference and ensuring that the color scheme you decide on fits the mood you’re trying to create in the room. That said, there are some general guidelines you can follow for each color that can help you narrow down your color and furniture choices. We’ve listed some of the more difficult colors to pair with below!
When it comes to blue walls, you’ll be picking a “cooler” shade for the room. It often elicits feelings of relaxation rather than sadness, and when paired with mustard yellows (closer to the complementary orange without being too bold), the room will urge relaxation and comfort. You could also choose furniture and accent pieces that are browns, off-whites, or other shades of blue. These will add warmth to the room, whereas blacks will deepen the chill.
While not uncommon, green can be hard to pair with. Similar to blue, green is a cooler shade but always oozes inner peace and serenity—it’s the color most often associated with nature and growth. The complementary red, when the correct shade is chosen, does not scream Christmas, but rather adds that additional classy pop of color. You can also go with browns, whites, other shades of green, and navy blues.
Red is another color that people struggle to match—it’s bold, aggressive, and full of character. That said, it’s not a color you should steer away from. Red in the kitchen and dining rooms can spur along appetite; it’s warm and energetic and not a color you should choose if you’re unsure. Go full-fledged, or don’t pick a red wall at all. Black is an easy color to coordinate when it comes to tables, but red can also be teamed with a deeper brown. Off-whites will lighten up the space, as will turquoise and gold.
Tie It Up With Accents
Your last tip for matching wall colors to furniture and really tying up the room design as a whole is by taking care to choose the right accents. It can be easy to forget about design once you’ve painted the walls. However, the whole room will succeed only if the color scheme is brought down to the smallest levels. Tie in your brown couch by throwing on some patterned blue pillows. Accents will help bridge the gap between wall color and furniture.
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