Color Theory with Jen Hands

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Why is Picking a Paint Color So Hard? 

Choosing paint colors for your home can be a daunting process. The sheer number of choices is overwhelming. Benjamin Moore alone offers more than 3,500 paint colors. There are thousands of blogs, instagram posts, pinterest boards and design magazines dedicated to selecting the “perfect” shade for your home.  

White is not just white. There are hundreds of different whites to choose from. There are undertones, percentages and paint finishes to think about. I always look for colors with a grey undertone to make them feel more grounded and mature. When we are looking at whites we try to stay away from yellow undertones.

You want to choose a color that is current, but not too trendy. What colors will look cohesive with your furniture and fixtures? What hue will work best for your cabinets, exteriors or trim?  

Picking the “right” shade can feel next to impossible. At Tulsa Home + Design, we get it. Paint can be all-consuming when there are virtually infinite options.  


Focus on How you Want Your Room to Feel 

Instead of running to the paint store and buying half a dozen samples, we find it is best to begin by focusing on how you want the room to feel. But even that can feel a bit ambiguous. 

Color theory can help you determine what colors will make the right emotional impact on your space. Simply put, color theory is a concept that attempts to explain color and how different colors can affect you in a psychological sense. It’s not a set of rigid rules, but rather general guidelines that can influence your design.  

Once you learn what colors create strong reactions, you’ll start to see it everywhere in commercial spaces. Bold reds and yellows, for example, raise the heart rate and blood pressure. Fast food marketing teams use these colors to their advantage. They use red and yellow on logos, packaging and especially in restaurant interiors. These bright color schemes make customers want to eat quickly and leave. 

Meanwhile, a spa might use lots of white to promote relaxation. Airy whites can evoke a sense of calm, serenity and openness. 

In your home, your color choices are likely to be more subtle, but even still, colors can change the mood or the feeling of your room. 

Blue
Trust
Security
Stability
Peace

Orange
Optimistic
Whimsical
Self-Assured
Fun

White
Calm
Airy
Serene
Pure
Clean

Yellow
Happy
Cheery
Confident
Friendly
Warm

Green
Fresh
Healthy
Restorative
Healing 

Brown
Warm
Natural
Supportive
Sheltering 

Gray
Quality
Maturity
Comfort
Precision
Luxury 

Red
Passion
Strength
Excitement
Energetic

Black
Powerful
Sophisticated
Modern
Classic

Create A Vision Board/ Mood Board 

Once you determine how you want your room to feel and function you can start creating a vision or mood board. Really these boards are just a collection of the things that inspire you. You can use pinterest, magazines, instagram or anything else you can find that catches your eye. As you collect images for your project, you’ll find that themes or common ideas emerge. Maybe you are drawn to dark grays for your kitchen cabinets or bright whites for your great room. Take note of what you see again and again in the photos you select. 

This is one of the ways we uncover your design style at Tulsa Home + Design. As part of our process, we work together to pull colors, textures and pictures that explore what feeling or emotion you want each room to evoke. Once we have an idea of the direction you want to take, we can set to work on your unique design. 

Visualize Your Design 

Many people find it’s difficult to visualize their design with only fabric swatches, paint chip cards and hardware in hand. We use a 3D modeling camera and rendering system to create a virtual space. You can see your design from every angle before construction begins. With these visualization capabilities, you can move forward with confidence. 

Tulsa Home + Design

When you break down your design decisions into manageable phases and have the ability to actually see your design, paint decisions don’t seem so overwhelming.

Our homes are the spaces where life happens. Mundane moments and special occasions become memories of time spent with family. Adding a layer of intentionality to your design will serve you and your family for years to come. After all – you want your home to look and feel beautiful. 

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Roderick Hands, Luxury Tulsa Real Estate Agent

Roderick Hands

Managing Broker

Tulsa Home + Design Luxury Real Estate

918-340-8811

realestate@tulsahomeanddesign.com

Luxury Tulsa Real Estate

Selling luxury real estate is more than talking about facts and features.  It's about selling the feelings and emotions that come with the purchase.

Because we are also a design firm, we can help you present your home in the best possible way to attract the right buyer for your home.

We'd love the opportunity to sit down together and learn more about how we can use our expertise to help you achieve your goals.

Roderick Hands, Luxury Tulsa Real Estate Agent

Roderick Hands

Managing Broker

Tulsa Home + Design Realty

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