You have chosen your color scheme for the house. The color scheme should have approximately 3 main colors (this may be neutrals), 2 secondary and 2-5 accent or dashes of colors. Now let is take a room and determine how to distribute the colors throughout the room. Color schemes can create magic in a room and can be distributed in different ways.
Let us start by determining the function of the room. Who is using the room? Is it a public room or private room, in other words, one user or several users? Is the room formal or casual?
Formal rooms will usually have more neutrals. Grays are the new blacks this year and are considered neutrals. Many formal rooms have neutrals, grays, beige, taupe or whites as a main color on the walls, ceilings, and floors. The secondary colors can be used in amounts that you determine. All the furniture can also be neutral and some color on accent pillows or the furniture can have some color and accent color pillows as well. Also, smooth fabrics create more formality.
The more color used, the more casual the room can feel. Casual rooms, like great rooms and family rooms, many times have bold walls. Many times if there are hardwood floors or tile, an area rug may be the basis for your scheme. If the room is being used by the public you may want to introduce your full color scheme with a neutral or one color as the dominate, add your secondary colors and accent too. The more color and textures used, the more casual the room can feel.
Lighting always plays a huge factor in your scheme because color does not exist without light. We will look at how much light, when the room has natural light exposure, and what kind of artificial light is being used. Knowing this, the more natural light you have in the room, the more the color will be true, as the sun goes down it fades. Please be aware of the brightest color is and how you will light it at night to achieve the hue again. You may even want accent spot lights on certain areas to regain the brightness and add drama at night. Low voltage lighting is beautiful accent lighting, incandescent bulbs in lamps cast a yellow or warm tone and halogen and fluorescent lights cast blue light. Be sure to consider the light source as you distribute your hues.
Size of the room is important. I love small powder rooms with bold tones. Large rooms can take lots of color easier and small rooms can take lighter hues well. But these rules are broken all the time depending on the person. If you have a bold personality and color scheme you can put dark bold hues, large furniture and large scale fabrics in small spaces. Remember that dark walls can throw a room off visual balance and must be balanced. This actually can be quite fun. On a whole though lighter for smaller rooms and darker colors are great for larger rooms.