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Article: 5 Tips for Decorating with Color

5 Tips for Decorating with Color - NuStory

5 Tips for Decorating with Color

It’s moving season and many of our customers are coming to us with fresh ideas for how they want to decorate their next home. They’ve signed the paperwork, their movers are scheduled, and now they’re piecing together furniture and décor based on an (often inaccurate) floor plan.  

While minimalism had its moment last year, our rug trend predictions have come true and many interior designers are gravitating towards maximalist designs – intricate patterns, vibrant colors, and mixtures of textures. But pulling in bold colors can be overwhelming without a little guidance. 

Avoid creating a bland space and follow these five essential tips to help you master the art of decorating with color. 

1. Assess The Colors of the Things You Own

Before diving into any project, establish a cohesive color palette. Do an audit of the big pieces of furniture you already own and let those be your anchors. Snap some photos and put them in a document. Create an inspiration board by pulling in some photos from Pinterest, brands you love, or home décor magazines. Which colors are you gravitating towards when you build out your vision board? Based on where furniture is placed and in which room, select two or three more complimentary colors to build out a foundational palette for your home. 

2. Design the Neuro-Aesthetics of the Space

Understanding the psychology of color can help you make informed decisions that impact the mood and feel of a room. For instance, blue often evokes calmness and serenity (see Bungalow Rug or Shale Rug) making it ideal for bedrooms or bathrooms. Primary colors – red, yellow, and blue – are associated with happiness and energy, perfect for kitchens or playrooms (see Crescent Rug and Polychrome Rug). Use these insights to create spaces that not only look beautiful but also evoke your desired emotional response.

3.  Incorporate Accents and Accessories

One of the most effective ways to introduce color without overwhelming a space is through accents and accessories. Think rugs, throw pillows, artwork, and even small furniture pieces. These items can be easily swapped out, allowing for seasonal updates or changes in taste. Additionally, colorful accents can add depth and interest to a neutral base, making the space feel dynamic and well-balanced. We love the way our Alcove Rug balances the white furniture in this space, and the blue throw adds a complimentary pop that draws the eye.

4. Balance Bold and Neutral Tones

While it can be tempting to go all out with bold colors, balance is key to a well-designed space. Pairing bold hues with neutral tones creates contrast and prevents the room from feeling too overwhelming. For example, a vibrant orange accent wall can be complemented with neutral furnishings and decor. This approach allows the bold color to stand out while maintaining a cohesive and harmonious look.  

5. Consider the Lighting

Lighting plays a crucial role in how colors are perceived. Natural light can enhance and change the appearance of colors throughout the day, while artificial lighting can alter hues and tones. When selecting colors, consider how the lighting in the space will affect them. Test paint samples and fabric swatches in different lighting conditions to ensure they look as intended. When shopping online, look at several photos – including the ones posted by customers in the review section. 

Decorating with color requires a thoughtful approach and a keen eye for detail. By starting with a well-thought-out color palette, understanding color psychology, incorporating accents, balancing bold and neutral tones, and considering the lighting, you can create stunning, vibrant spaces that reflect who you are and who you want to be in your new home.  

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