20+ Interior Design Color Scheme Trends 2018
An interior design color scheme needs to have balance. Neutral colors need more life and bolder colors should be toned down. Sometimes it’s best to let one bold color stand out on its own. Curtains, even of the neutral variety, may have too much contrast for a darker wall color. The focus isn’t on the fabric; it’s on the fact that you were brave enough to paint a wall jade or teal. Go with monochromatic solid curtains. For more flair try an interesting silk or velvet texture in the same color. Use the same trick with moldings. The moldings can all be painted the same color, and no one will know that you aren’t good at picking an accent color or doing edging.
One of the paint color trends is to use an accent wall. This allows you to use bright colors without making your guests run away screaming. A focal wall is an easy way to add interest into your space. Traditionally this has been used in modern design with a bold color. An all red room may have you feeling angry, but one red wall balanced with white walls makes a daring, but livable statement. Darker and bolder colors often take several coats of paint so an accent wall is a way to combat using gallons of paint and taking weeks to complete the project. For a more subtle look try a green focal wall and tie it in with the rest of your room with a large piece of artwork.
Good paint colors are ones that fit the purpose of the room as well as the mood that you want to create. Use multiple colors for a cheery scheme. If you don’t know which paint colors to use, pick them all. Paint a collection of frames or mirrors different colors to brighten up a boring wall. If you don’t want to paint, or you’re a renter, try your hand at artwork. Use square canvases to add color to a wall in a large collage. Paint the canvases in deep jewel tones or autumnal colors.
Add a distressed stencil to the top, and reverse the colors on alternating canvases. If you can’t find an accessory for your room that fits in with your color scheme, make your own. Pottery stores often allow you to paint existing pieces with your own palette although you’ll have to pay for a supply fee. Polka dots and stripes are modern geometric shapes that anyone can recreate no matter their experience level. This way you can have a professional looking piece that will make your color scheme look intentional and like it has been approved by a designer.
Wood paint colors add a natural but neutral element to the room. Use wood tones on end tables or the fireplace mantle if you aren’t lucky enough to have real wood or you don’t want to bother stripping the pieces. From far away it will still look like wood. Accent with wood or woven accessories of the same color to trick the eye.
When you pick an interior design color scheme you need to think of the layout of your home. One of the most difficult keys to painting a contemporary home is to know when one room ends and another begins. Ag first it seems simple; just choose a color for a kitchen. Then you notice that you can see the living room, study, and family room. Plus, they all share the same ceiling, trim and doors. Add to that the fact that one long wall may be running through both spaces and you have vaulted ceilings. It may be enough to make you just give up on painting altogether. Divide the spaces with molding. Use different tones of the same color; they are often included on the same chip. That way you’ll have different shades and feelings in your room but they will all coordinate together.