Ten Questions to Ask Yourself When Picking Colors For Your New Construction Home

November 8, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Making color picks for your new construction home will be easier after you have read this article. Write down the answers to these basic color and design questions and soon you will be picking out your colors with confidence.

1. How long do you plan to stay in your new construction home?
If you are going to stay in your new home for a long time don’t worry about using bright colors. You’ll probably be repainting in a few years anyway. If you plan to move within a few years, you should use neutral colors.

2. What decorating style do you plan to use? Do you like Contemporary, Early American, Mediterranean or Victorian styles?
Your favorite decorating style will give you a good place to start at when picking colors for your new home.

3. Do you have a flair for decorating or does the thought scare you?
Most new home builders have design centers that are a great resource. You can also go to the library or buy interior decorating and design books or magazines.

4. What kind of finish do you want your walls to have?
Decorative finishes add character and depth to a room. Choices like stippling,faux leather, faux marbling, spattering, sponging, stenciling, ragging, combing or dragging will give your room a unique look.

5. What color is your furniture for each room?
Pick colors that won’t clash with your furniture.

6. What kind of light will you be getting in each room?
Think about the direction your windows are facing. South facing windows will have sunshine coming in most of the day. East or West facing windows only have sunlight in the morning or afternoon. North facing windows get indirect sunlight. Your colors look more natural in sunlight.

Artificial lights like incandescent or fluorescent lights also affect how we see the colors. Incandescent light makes the colors look redder and warmer than under sunlight. Florescent lights make colors look bluer and cooler than sunlight.

7. What time of day will you be using the room the most?
Consider what time of day you will be using the room and choose your colors accordingly. When you are deciding on color samples for a room, go into the room with your samples at the same time of day that you will be using it the most.

8. Do you want to make the room look bigger or smaller?
Dark walls will make a room seem smaller. Light walls will make a room seem larger. A dark ceiling will make the ceiling look lower. A light ceiling will make the ceiling seem higher and the room feels larger and brighter.

9. What colors are you using in the other rooms?
Stand in the room and look out at the walls that are in site. Make sure the colors you have picked for that room complement those walls. You don’t want to have earth tone colors throughout the house and then have one room hot pink!

10. What kind of mood do you want to create for the room?
If you want a room to relax in after a long day at work use mellow colors. If it is going to be a family room used for watching TV and playing games, you can use vibrant colors.

Color affects everyone who lives in the home so make sure you involve everyone in the decision process. When you do this it can bring everyone together and be a lot of fun. Soon your new construction home will look as beautiful as everyone imagined.

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