Using Color to Give your Home a Fresh Look for the New Year

Moving into a new home post-divorce or taking sole possession of your marital home can be an exciting adventure. Often just a little pop of new color can enhance your surroundings, lift your spirits, and make your home your personal oasis. Many real estate stagers suggest neutral beige or off-white walls, but we respectfully disagree. Although beige may offend no one, the right color on a home's walls or spotlighted in the accessories can trigger positive physiological and psychological responses.

Research on color responses has shown that warm colors, such as orange and red, can increase excitement and energy, whereas cooler hues, such as blue, can be calming and relaxing. Indeed, research shows color can influence a person's senses, even body temperature, and make scenes more memorable. Knowing the responses colors evoke can give you insight into where and when you should use color in your home.

Take Inspiration from the 2019 Color Trends

At the Wildflower Group, we do our research and stay on top of the current design and fashion trends! Home color trends for 2019 are soft, classic and elegant. Take a look at this article we found and see if any of these colors inspire you.

Find the Right Color Combinations by Using the Color Wheel to Mix & Match

Remember learning about the color wheel in grade school? The 12-step circular rainbow graphic shows the relationship among colors and can serve as a helpful guide in choosing what colors to mix and match in a home to get pleasing results. Here's a refresher.

The color wheel is broken down into three main categories: primary (foundation colors used to create all other colors), secondary (created by combining two of the primary colors), and tertiary (formed by combining a primary and an adjacent secondary color).

To mix and match colors easily, you can use the color wheel in one of two ways:

1. Complementary—two colors that fall directly opposite one another on the color wheel (e.g. red and green, blue and orange, and yellow and purple.) They create a maximum contrast and can be visually intense.

2. Analogous Color—schemes that consist of any three colors located side by side on the color wheel (e.g. yellow, yellow-orange, and orange.) One of the three colors usually dominate. This color scheme can add depth and energy to a room.

Color is always a very personal choice. So, color choices can be subtle. A color doesn't have to be bright yellow or tomato red to be noticed. It can be a derivative or a subtle tint or tone of those particular colors to create the just effect you're after. The good news is as your taste and style changes, so can your décor!

Please share your tips for freshening up your home in the comments! Here's to a fresh start in 2019!

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Joan Rogliano

Wildflower Group, LLC

(303) 667-5485

4 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 100

Littleton, Colorado 80120

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