GET YOUR PAINT COLORS RIGHT!
When decorating, the wall color should be one of the last items you choose, since it supports all the elements in the room. Let’s face it: you cannot select a color in isolation because it may not go well with your existing furniture. Need a little color inspiration? Here’s how choosing the right paint colors can completely transform the feeling of a space, bringing it to life in a whole new way.
Art and Science of Color
People say that art touches the heart. Why? Well, we first see shapes, and then color. Color evokes emotion, and it plays a large role in our purchasing decisions, too. While we're at it, here are three helpful terms when discussing color: hue, saturation, and value. The hue defines the spectrum color itself: a red or green hue, for example. The color saturation, or intensity, helps to evoke an emotion as we enter a room. Alternatively, you may also come across charts that show color values, which are shades of light and dark.
Now, as you select your color, here are five easy steps you can follow to make the experience both productive and fun:
Start with your ‘must-haves’. For instance, is there a specific fabric, upholstery, or piece of art that is an absolute must? If so, then begin with that in mind as you envision the colors you want to use.
Gather a large variety of fabric, tile, and other samples when you are looking for colors. Keep the samples organized so that you can find them easily. Then, be sure to place them in the specific room and context in which they will be used.
Now, it’s time to actually see how your color selections will look in your space. Narrow your color choices down to three, and paint an 3’ x 3’ sample board with all the colors on it. Hold the board up against a white backdrop, and place it in the room you will be painting
To make your decision, move the board around for a few days and see how it holds up against the light. Place it in a dark spot in the room, then in a light spot, and compare the two. As you do this, ask yourself: at what time of day do we spend the most time here? For instance, if you’re renovating your kitchen, you’ll probably optimize your color choices more for daytime viewing.
Be careful about mixing intense colors, since they will compete with one another. For instance, if you mix bright red and bright green, it’ll look like Christmas all year.
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