Choosing Color for your Custom Home
Beige, taupe, gray, white, off-white, cream, soft blue, olive green, red, lavender, the options are endless when deciding on colors for your new custom home… so what do you pick? Here are some things to consider when picking the color scheme for your new home interior and exterior.
The color palette you choose for the exterior of your house has a huge impact on the home’s curb appeal. Before choosing a color or colors to use on the exterior of your home, you should consider the climate in your location, colors of surrounding homes, the natural landscape, and your own taste in home aesthetics. You may choose to hire an exterior design specialist to help you choose the best options for your area and situation. Once you’ve found the color or colors you think you want to use, it’s a good idea to look up that exact color in Google image search or another web image search. Look at how other homes appear when painted with your colors, and make sure you know how that color or colors will look in full sun versus full shade, as colors can appear very different depending on the lighting conditions.
Consider the Space
The color of a room can set its tone. For small or dark rooms, going with deep, super saturated, or dark colors may make the space feel squeezed. If you want to make a room seem larger, go with lighter tones to brighten up the room. On the other hand, if a room feels to large or open, you may consider going with a deeper, warmer, or darker color to make the room feel more cozy.
Personality and Feel
Generally speaking, warm tones like mellow shades of yellow or brown give a warm, cozy feel, while cooler tones like gray and blue have more of a calming effect. Tones like green or orange can be energetic, and shades of red or black can make a big impact! When choosing your color, think about the mood you’d like when you walk into a room and consider that in your decision. For a library or bedroom you may want a cozy space, and for a bathroom or kitchen you might want to lighten things us with an energizing blue.
Color Coordinating Room to Room
Once you’ve thought about the mood you’d like for each room, it’s important to consider how these colors flow from room to room in your house. Can you see the attached bath from your bedroom? Does your open floor plan connect the kitchen, living room, and dining area? Then you’ll probably want to choose interior colors that flow well from room to room, or choose several-room sections of your home to be painted in coordinating colors.
It’s common to repaint your home prior to selling, but what colors should you select? Buyer preference can vary from year to year, depending on recent color trends, but a good rule of thumb is to choose somewhat neutral or soft colors. That way, potential buyers feel like the space is open, and they can envision themselves customizing the house.