How To Choose A Colour
Different combinations of colour can make the same room and the same furnishings seem warm or cool, restful or stimulating, harmonious or jarring. It can even affect the apparent proportions of a room. Begin by selecting the fabrics and furnishings that will become part of the decor of the room. From these, select paint colours which coordinate. It is best to choose 3 to 5 colours which can become the palette of the entire house. Use tints and shades of the main colours for a lighter or darker variation of the original colours chosen. Be sure to examine the colours within the space where they are to be applied. Different lighting sources (both natural and artificial) and the various decorating elements in the room can change the perception of the colour radically from how it looked in a retail environment under fluorescent lights.
Why Does The Colour Look Different On The Wall Than On The Chip?
The colour on a small paint chip is often not representative of its look when applied to the wall. Held in the hands, the chip receives almost 100% light reflection; on the wall, it will only receive 40-70% reflection, causing the colour to appear darker. To see how a colour will actually look on your walls, check out our Paint Samples
- Complementary colour schemes are dynamic, interesting to view and stimulating to the eye. Complements are red and green, blue and orange, yellow and purple.
- Analogous colour schemes are softer and more harmonious to the eye. Use these to create a more relaxing or less stimulating environment.
- Use tinted whites for ceilings and trim work rather than standard whites. This creates better flow and provides a more custom look to a space.
- Use contrast to draw attention to an object and lower contrast to minimize an object. The more contrast within a space, the smaller a space will feel.
- A change in wall colour at a corner can stimulate the eye to eliminate eye fatigue and to add interest to a dull room.
- If strong patterns are used in decorating they need to be balanced with large areas of solid colour to eliminate the potential of eye fatigue.
- A colour will significantly change depending on the type of lighting under which it is viewed. Always have as many sources of light available within a space and try to add as much halogen lighting or white light as possible.
- Add warm darker colours to add warmth and intimacy to a room and add cooler lighter colours to cool and open up a room.
- Use yellows and yellow based colours to brighten dark parts of homes and use gray based colours to decrease glare or overly bright spaces.