Decorating a new home is one of the greatest pleasures of adulthood. Most of us spend our teenage and college dorm years thinking about what we would do if the freedom and resources were available for decorating our own place. However, people often feel unsure of how to proceed once the time comes to pick out their furnishings and accents. Here are some foolproof ways to make sure your home is well-coordinated, while leaving a little room for quirky personal touches.
Opt for All-White
All-white decor is tricky, but it is one of the best and easiest ways to create an aesthetically pleasing space. There can be a few pops of color here and there, but be sure they are all the same color, at least within individual rooms. This style is favored by minimalists, and it shows up on social media a lot because it is so effortlessly chic. Shades of cream and off-white make good accents, but need to be used sparingly. If the tones are not complimentary, the off-white parts will look musty and dirty.
Light and Dark
A fun way to coordinate colors is to use different shades of the same color. This is a really bold look, so make sure you're prepared to live in a visually loud home. A lot of people love this style, but it can be too intense for some who are used to traditional white walls. Blue is easy to work with, as all blue tones naturally go well together. You could paint the walls a pale sky blue and then fill the room with navy blue rugs and medium blue furniture. Gray is another great color for this kind of design. The varying tones create a very warm, welcoming effect.
Using this technique for other colors requires a trained artistic eye. Colors like purple, pink, green, and red have undertones that make them hard to match. Two pink items with the same degree of darkness might clash horribly if one has warm undertones and the other has cool ones. When decorating with a bright color, do your research and a lot of experimentation to ensure that the undertones are the same. Brown poses the same issue, though the undertone issue is easier to manage. All you have to do it keep the red-browns and the yellow-browns in separate rooms.
The middle ground between these two approaches is to place carefully selected colored pieces at well-chosen points in a clean white or neutral room. You could select just one color for the entire home or use a different color in each room. You could even paint accent walls to bring out the color you like best. This ties the whole room together without making it feel small, dark, and cramped. Windows are a good starting point. Put up your kitchen window treatments, bedroom curtains, living room blinds, or shutters of your choice and move forward from there. Windows are a major focal point in any room, so you need to work around them when choosing the rest of your wall decor and artwork. A few large pieces should match, but most of them should be white, black, or another neutral color. The idea is to have singular areas of arresting brightness, not to have absolutely everything done up in the exact same color. A white or taupe throw rug instantly balances big swaths of color. Do not choose a colored or patterned rug unless the room is lacking bold elements.