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Unlike other rooms in the home, the family room is one of the rooms where people often spend the most time. The kitchen may be for eating, working, socializing, and entertaining but the family room remains the traditional center of every home. This is why it’s so important to make the right color choices when repainting this area of your home.
What Should Guide Your Color Choice?
Unlike some other rooms in the home, the guiding principle that should determine your color choices is what you enjoy most. The colors you choose should not just reflect who you are but should also harmonize with the environment and other rooms in the home.
The family room is where you can get away from the boring whites and really choose something a little bolder. In fact, you don’t even necessarily need to be conservative when it comes to your choices.
What Affects Your Color Choice?
One major factor that will affect your color choices is how close the kitchen is to your family room. In most home layouts, the kitchen is right next to the family area. This can create some issues but they can be overcome with some smart choices.
Because the kitchen is so close to the family room, the colors in the kitchen need to work with what you choose. One thing that people often forget when they are painting is making sure that rooms flow into one another seamlessly. This means that a jarring color choice that is different in each room can be off-putting.
In this context, if you have neutral colors in your kitchen, you can make a bolder choice in your family room. If you have bolder color choices in your kitchen, you need to balance them out with your family room color choices.
The same philosophy applies to any other room that is adjacent and open to the family room. This is where visual flow really needs to play a part in your decision-making.
Harmonies and Contrasts
Green is a good modern color choice for the family area but you need to consider how it works with other colors. For example, green will contrast with reds and warmer colors. This can create a jarring effect in terms of visual color flow.
A contrasting color in the family room can certainly work well, especially if you use it as a feature wall, or as an accent to a more neutral color palette. One of the best methods of seeing what colors work and which don’t is to get an inexpensive color wheel. This will tell you what colors contrast and what colors harmonize.
Consider Other Colors in the Room
One other thing that many people forget to consider when choosing colors for the family room is existing colors in the room. Even colors outside, such as leaves and flowers, can cause a jarring visual if you choose a contrasting color inside, for example.
What color is the existing furniture and will it harmonize well with your wall colors? Are there any decorations in the room that will look out of place against the paint colors you choose?
Considering the smaller details can heavily inform your color choice and lead you to better decisions. Just remember to take your time and do some research.
Jeff Sommers is a vibrant and experienced professional, having been at the helm of ESP Painting, Inc. for 27 remarkable years. As President, he has become an esteemed leader in the Commercial & Residential Construction industry in Oregon, United States. His experience has seen him gain valuable insight and knowledge, making him an invaluable asset to ESP Painting and its customers. With a bubbly personality and upbeat attitude, Jeff always looks ahead to the future as he continues his leadership journey toward success.