Your home is meant to be a sanctuary. Whether you live in an apartment, condo or house, it is the place where you can relax and not worry about the outside world or its influences. A home is meant to be a dwelling full of intrigue and tranquility… a setting where you feel most like yourself... Of course, that’s just my view!
Part of creating your personal retreat is choosing the right paint colors and accents for your rooms. The thing to keep in mind when pondering over color choices is that you want to find a palate that touches you or moves you in some way. For some, this could be a tan or grey, while others are more adventurous and gravitate toward a burnt orange or light blue. Whatever, your desire, it is also important to think long term. You should ask yourself: will I like this color in a year? Is this too trendy? How do I want my guests to feel when they enter this room? This is actually a great way to weigh a color option. Think of how you want your guests to feel when they are in your home or you’re entertaining.
My husband and I usually entertain about once a week. We have a lot of wonderful friends and get-togethers. Because of this, we use our formal dining room – a lot! This room was my first remodel after I married my husband. He had this wonderful open room, but of course, in keeping with the bachelor mindset, had done very little to change the style from what was showcased in the original staging of the home. The walls were a nice neutral yellow, but I wanted something that felt more worldly and modern. I immediately knew that I wanted green walls. I think it’s because I have done a lot of work with humanitarian aid in
Africa, but I wanted something that had a somewhat safari feel. I decided on black furniture with yellow accents for a pop of color. I also added lamps as I feel that overhead lighting can often be harsh, and that helped to soften the mood of the room.
So keep in mind how you want your family and guests to feel when they enter your fabulous home. Do you want your room to be cozy, worldly or sophisticated? Just make sure to choose a color and scheme that highlights you and your personal style.