Selecting a color scheme for your Kalamazoo 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. It can be a bit of an awkward situation when you have to choose a color scheme but already have pre-existing interior colors to work with.
During the process of choosing a color scheme for your rental property, start by walking through the house and taking note of which spaces are visible from each room. Jot down those details on a floor plan. This is substantial information because choosing a color scheme for an entire house is not just about styling individual rooms. Essentially, each room should coordinate with others to build towards 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
You can then choose a bold focus color and then coordinate everything else around it. Before you execute anything, make sure you’ve planned out all the details. This way, you don’t end up with a color scheme you dislike. 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.
The two ways we’ve provided so far are great options. However, 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. On the other hand, every room does not need to be identical.
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. When you have different color combinations for your rooms you can use a nice multicolored floor rug for your hallway and it would all work well together. 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 your color scheme leaves you with a bit of uncertainty, try to test your palette first. Look for any of your household items that resemble your color scheme, and arrange them in the space so that you can imagine what it would look like 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 Kalamazoo rental house does not need to be a daunting task. The goal is to come to a point where you’re comfortable in your space. Once this is achieved, you know you’ve already made the right decisions. If you’re looking for the perfect rental to decorate, contact us online or call us at 616-419-4578 to get started today.
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