One of the great things about owning a home of your own is that it allows you to show off your creative side in a way that is matched by little else in our modern world. Sure, that nine to five job may pay the bills, but chances are that pushing paperwork and making calls all day doesn’t quite fill the need for creativity which we all enjoy. Whether you’re a regular Rembrandt with a brush, have a love of color, or simply want to brighten up your home, interior decorating is a great way to add creativity back into your life, and few methods are better for achieving that aim than painting your home’s interior space.
What colors should you choose? Why choose just one?
After all, as the poet William Cowper so famously put it, “Variety is the spice of life.”
There are a number of reasons why painting your home interior with colorful combinations, not the least of which being that complementary colors add depth and style to any space.
A Masterstroke of Decorating Genius
One of the big breakthroughs of the Impressionistic and Post-Impressionistic era of painting was experimenting with complementary colors. Part of the genius of painters such as Monet, Seurat, and van Gogh was that they were able to discover how certain colors, set against one another, can appear differently to the eye than if they were simply painted on their own.
Complementary colors were huge factors in the success of those Impressionistic masters, and they can play a huge role in making your home a masterpiece as well. You’ll, thus, want to choose colors which naturally complement one another.
Take blue and green, for example. There are many different shades and hues to both of these colors. They naturally complement one another, and so experimenting with their many different hues can create decorating effects which are both stunning and impossible to achieve with one color alone.
Dark and Bright
In “She Walks in Beauty,” Lord Byron famously describes a woman he transforms into an ideal as “all that’s best of dark and bright.” That same scheme can help add a dash of intrigue and beauty to your home’s interior paint job as well. It isn’t enough to simply use different colors – you want to make sure that you’re using combinations of different darker and lighter colors. When you only go with one solid color all the way around a room, it gives it a uniform look, true, but with that uniformity can come a certain degree of dullness. We often associate that monochromatic look with doctor’s offices and hospitals – and we don’t tend to associate them with the most Byronically exciting or intriguing of moods. By contrast, expertly blending dark and bright colors in your home decorating scheme can help you transform your home’s interior into something special. Blending bright beige and dark brown, for example, can help bring out the best of both colors.
From vibrant colors to dark/bright color schemes, there are so many reasons to opt for a multi-color scheme.