Selecting a color scheme for your St Mary’s County rental property’s interior can be quite the experience. But, there are boundaries as to which sections of the interior you can change. Most landlords and property owners do not allow a renter to paint the interior or exterior of the home. You may need to do a bit more to turn your home into something more personalized. Choosing a color scheme, however, will be more complicated when you have to work with existing interior colors.
When choosing a color scheme for your rental property, walk through the house, taking note of which spaces are visible from each room. So that you don’t end up forgetting those important details, write them down on a floor plan. This is crucial information because choosing a color scheme for an entire house is not just about styling individual rooms. Rather, each room should coordinate with others to generate a sense of continuity.
Option 1: Choose Your Base Color
Use the information from your notes and start laying out your color scheme in one of two ways. The first strategy begins with choosing a base color for the biggest room or area in the house. Consider the paint and flooring colors, and the many possibilities you could opt for in setting up that space. Make the most out of neutral paint colors because they coordinate so well with many color schemes. But keep in mind that warm neutrals like beige or cream are very different from cool neutrals like gray. Each one has different complementary colors, and trying to mix warm and cool colors may yield unsatisfactory results.
Option 2: Choose a Focus Color First
Next, begin with a bold focus color and then coordinate everything else around it. If multiple colors are your thing, don’t forget to plan out a scheme first, because you might end up overdoing it. Especially if your central living area is an open space, try to choose furniture and accessories in colors that work well together. One strategy is to choose a single color and then use different shades (which are darker) or tints (which are lighter) of the same hue to add visual appeal and lots of personality without overwhelming the senses.
Although these two are great places to start, there are other ways to choose a color scheme for your house. If you have a real affinity for a specific environment (the beach, for example), you can use the colors of that place as a guide for using colors in your home. But, making all your rooms look similar isn’t something you should necessarily strive for.
While you will want to keep connecting spaces relatively neutral, you can give every room in the house its mood by using different coordinating colors. You can use a multicolored floor rug for the hallway while giving the bedrooms different color combinations. This makes it possible for you to create a sense of continuity without resorting to using the same color scheme in all of your rooms.
Finally, if you’re unsure of your color scheme, it’s wise to test your palette first. If you have any items that are the same colors as your chosen scheme, arrange them in the space and get an idea as to how they’d look on a larger scale. The light will be different in every room, and what works well in one space might end up looking less than appealing in another. Another way is to carry pictures or swatches with you when you go shopping so that you can get a sense of how new items might fit into your existing color scheme.
At the end of the day, choosing a color scheme for a St Mary’s County rental house does not need to be a daunting task. If you’re comfortable in your space then you’ve already made a good decision. If you’re looking for the perfect rental to decorate, contact us online or call us at 301-392-2172 to get started today.
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