Is it possible to fall in love with a house without ever going inside? I've fallen hard for many houses in my time, some just from a momentary glimpse from a car window. My first was a little white cottage by a stream in my hometown that had a crisp red door. More recently, a glossy eggplant door on a brick townhouse had my heart aching. The common thread between all these love affairs? A colorful front door.
Have you painted your front door? It's a surprisingly manageable DIY project. Here's our three-step how-to that just might inspire you to Color Cure your front door.
You've probably heard it a million times: for the best results, test your paint colors in your room to see how they work with the light sources before committing to a full room (or even a full wall) paint job. It's the final step in any color choosing process and it's the one that many of us tend to skip, but it really can make a big difference; your chances of ending up with a color that you absolutely love goes way up when you work through this final stretch instead of giving it a pass.
Choosing colors that work together harmoniously isn't always as straightforward as choosing hues that should work well together. We've been looking at how certain combinations such as analogous or complementary palettes are almost always a success - and that is definitely more than half the battle - but if you follow up that thinking by spending a little time considering the undertones of the exact versions of the color possibilities you are choosing from to make up those palettes, I guarantee that your room will look even more polished, more beautiful and more pulled together. Here's what I'm talking about...
You know your color wheel. And you probably have your own favorite color combinations —the ones that make your heart race and the world click and slide into place. Even so, it's nice to switch it up a bit, and try something new, even if it's just a variation on the theme. Here are some stunning rooms that give fresh direction for choosing paint.
Last week, we explored the power of analogous palettes, the combination of hues that are found directly next to each other on the color wheel. Today, I've got the absolute opposite, yet equally interesting (especially for interiors) type of color combination for you to become familiar with. It's the pairing of colors directly across from each other on the wheel: a complementary combo.
There’s no question about it: adding a little color is one of the easiest ways to bring some happy into your home. But what are the happiest hues out there? We partnered with the color experts at BEHR Paint to sift through the swatches and find the happiest paint colors around. Can you guess the happiest hues?
Here is a powerful color secret: when in doubt about which colors to put together in your decor, remember that you can't go wrong with analogous color palettes. For those of you who haven't thought about the color wheel in a while, analogous colors are those right next to each other on the wheel and when used together, are an easy, no-fail way to create an all-cool or all-warm room that works.
The first two steps in our series working toward color confidence involved zeroing in on the colors you love. If your results from those exercises pointed toward a more neutral palette, you probably already know that what sounds simple (neutrals!) when it comes to color isn't always that straightforward in practice. As much as we sometimes aspire to simplify our spaces, sometimes minimalism seems out of reach; restraint is hard to pull off.
One of the key questions to ask yourself to determine which colors are going to make you happiest at home is a fairly straightforward one: are you cooler than cool or red hot? Knowing the answer to this one question helps you start to build color palettes for rooms that will feel "just right" whenever you enter them...