How Do I Decide On A Color Scheme for My New Texas Home?

Posted by Michael Foran on Fri, May 02, 2014 @ 04:00 PM
Michael Foran

First you must decide how you want to feel in your home.



Color can really affect your mood in different ways.  In a warmer climate like Texas you might want cooler colors. Here are some standard ways color can affect you.


YELLOW- cheerful and warm but it can be over used, especially if is too bright or not balanced with other colors like blue.

I once did a model home in color scheme of soft yellow with accents of blue and green.  I spent a lot of time in this model home, over a two week period, and hundreds of people came through.  A lot of people said it made them feel cheerful and some sat right down and said they didn’t want to leave.

GREEN- Nature, cooler healthy feeling

The color of nature mixes well in many color schemes. There are so many different greens that it may take awhile to find just the right one.

The colors of nature
 The colors of nature

BLUE-peaceful, cool, relaxing

Blue is a good color for a bedroom and there are so many shades with light turquoise blue being a very popular trend right now.

Dining room with blue and orange

In this dining room we used blue and orange

RED- dramatic, warm, passionate, exciting

Red is a great color for accent or even as a main color.  Most people prefer reds that are not too bright so be careful with your selections.

Red would be a good color for a dining room or great room, but probably not for an everyday use bedroom.

 Red silk draperies

This client loved red silk draperies

How do I decide on a color scheme for my new home?  Deciding on a color scheme for your home is very important.  Color can play an important role in a person's psychological and physical health.  


Also, color can trick the eye into perceiving something is larger or smaller.  Color plays off other colors, too.  Look at nature to coordinate color rather than to try to match color.  It is always a good idea to look at color in the proposed lighting.  Paint will look different when it is on different walls in the same room because of the way the lighting looks.


It is very important to experiment and choose color wisely.  This means it is good to narrow your lists of color for a room, then go to the paint store, buy a pint or quart of paint and paint it on a board.  This way you can move the board with the paint on it around the room.  It will look completely different on different walls of the room.


How does color affect the size of the room?  Cool hues on the walls will make the room appear larger.  Warm hues, on the other hand, will make the walls appear to move forward.  The intensity of the color you choose depends on the size of the room.  A small room is less capable of handling a great deal of dark color.  Dark colors actually lessen the size of the space because of light absorption. 

A monochromatic color scheme uses various saturations of one color.  Many people like to paint their walls in monochromatic tones so that they can brighten the rest of the room with brighter colors on their furnishings and accessories.  Neutrals are colors like white, creme, ivory, beige, black, brown or gray.  A neutral can be any hue that is weak and can be combined easily with other hues.  

Also, light really affects the color of your home.  

It is alot easier to decided on a color scheme once you have decided the colors you like and how you want to feel in each room. It is also a good idea to seek the help of a professional interior designer to help you through the process.

Neutral family room with orange accents

We used neutral colors in this  family room with orange and brown accents

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