When you start delving into home decorating, you come across a whole lot of ‘rules’ that people tend to follow like it was the cardinal law.
But do they hold up if you put them under scrutiny? Let’s find out?
1. Paint The Ceilings White. It Opens Up The Room
There’s no denying that white makes a room look bigger because it reflects light better than any other color. But that shouldn’t stop you from considering other alternatives. In fact, white ceilings can look downright absurd if they don’t match with the colors on the walls. Imagine having deep emerald or bright yellow walls and a sparkling white ceiling – that would look so distracting!
So, choose a complementary color or a pleasing shade of off-white or ivory white for the ceilings to prevent distraction.
2. Dark Walls Can Make The Room Look Closed In
As far as rules go, this one is technically right, but then again, there are exceptions. When used in rooms that receive very little natural light, dark colors can create a gloomy cave effect. However, there’s nothing to stop you from using darker shades in bigger rooms that have an abundance of light. You can always balance out the color by using the lighter trim, furniture, and flooring material.
On a related note, dark ceilings also suffer from similar stigma. People think it makes the ceilings look lower. But designers disagree. If you paint the ceilings a lighter color and contrast it with a darker ceiling, the eyes get drawn upward, making the room look bigger and more spacious.
3. Paint All The Rooms A Different Color To Give Them Individuality
Have you seen those homes where each room is painted a different color because the owner that that was the best way to impart some personality to each of them? And by the time you were done touring the house, you felt like you’d walked through the entire color wheel?
There’s definitely a better way to bring lend individuality to your rooms. Ideally, you should decide a coordinating color palette for the entire house and then go over each room with the larger palette in mind. That way, the different sections of the house will flow together visually without jarring on your nerves.
4. Choose The Colors By Daylight
Many of us make it a point to pick out the colors during the day. An excellent practice, but an incomplete one. It is equally important to test out colors under artificial light and see how the room looks in the evening and at night. Many colors tend to look beautiful during the day, but the moment the sun sets, they lose their charm and look depressing.
Yet another reason why you should test colors out at night is that it will allow you to fix whatever flaws there may be in the room’s lighting so that it can complement the color and bring out its beauty.
5: Neutrals Are Boring. Pastels Are Feminine. Whites Are Stark
Colors suffer from a lot of bias and they tend to be stereotyped because of their properties. For instance, neutrals are considered unappealing, the natural refuge for those who are unimaginative or unadventurous. However, there’s nothing boring about neutral colors, like rich camel brown, warm golds or buttery cream, and with a little bit of thought, they can create a mesmerizing effect in any room.
Similarly, whites are thought to be stark, reminiscent of the colors on the walls of clinics and hospitals. But at home, if you choose to complement white with a splash of color, you will end up with a fresh, boho-chic appeal of a seaside villa. Nothing stark about that, is there?
As for pastel colors – sure, they’re evocative of feminine emotions, but that shouldn’t stop you from pairing them with tones of darker colors to design a room that appeals to both sexes equally. You could pick out some key items of furniture in a pastel color and choose a darker saturation of that tone for the walls. The end result will be a bold room with just the right amount of soft undertones to it.
They say rules are meant to be broken. And while we would generally caution you against such vigilante behavior, we aren’t against bending the rules slightly to see what pops up. Besides, nothing comes of following the rules blindly, because, for every rule, there’s bound to be several exceptions. So, take stock of your space, apply some practical thinking to it, and choose the colors that appeal to your heart and your design sensibilities.