Planning the Work Around Color

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You should be excited about doing your own painting, and it only gets better. Planning interior painting and doing it in the right order. Will mean the difference between making it an enjoyable and rewarding project or a painting job from hell. I want to take minute to have you ask yourself a question: what is the reason you have for wanting to paint a certain room or area? Is it perhaps, you just want a new color or look. Most often, it’s because you have to because of dirt or smoke that will not clean off anymore. The high traffic areas are always first on the list of areas to do. For example, the kitchen, bath, and dining room.

Think about what the room is used for? You will want to keep this in mind when deciding on colors and where to use it and where not to. I would like to share with you a few things about color. To help broaden your understanding of how colors can be a powerful influence in our homes and in our lives.

Try to picture a world without color, a drab, and depressing place unless you happen to be colorblind. In that case, everything is just fine. Now imagine the world as it is with colors everywhere, much better right? Color is the least expensive way to dramatize or stylize your home. It can hide a flaw or alter an appearance. Homes that are not blessed with interesting architectural features can be transformed with color. Paint gives us the ideal means for introducing color into our houses. It’s economical and available in almost limitless shades. You can paint often to update the appearance of a room, as with a growing child. As the child grows so does his or her taste in the way that their room reflects their individual personality. Change it — quickly and easily with paint!

Selecting a color scheme for your home with coordinating paint colors is not as difficult as it sounds. If your equipped with some basic information about color and it’s effects. Colors like blue, green, and others are often associated with moods and emotions. Colors do affect us psychologically.

How you respond to certain colors can be a good guide for deciding how to set a particular mood in your home. With the help of the color wheel and these basic color tips, your choice may be easier. Apart from being a mood setting, color can be used to bring any setting to life. With the right painting techniques, you can accentuate good architectural features and camouflage unattractive ones, on both the interior and exterior of your home. These color tricks may help you with a particular decorating project. Contrasting colors emphasize a handsome piece of furniture or a beautiful art object can be accentuated by placing it against a wall painted in a contrasting color. If your home has some attractive architectural features such as molding, it can be emphasized by painting it a darker or lighter color than the walls.

Color can also establish a focal point or create interest where there is none. For instance, a perfectly square room can be made more interesting by painting one wall in an accent color. Using the same color or a slightly different shade of the same color will have a unifying affect. The process of selecting a color scheme for your home is a personal matter. There are no strict rules governing the selection of a color scheme, but there are some harmonious combinations inspired by the color wheel.

The monochromatic color scheme is a popular one today, because by using various intensities of one color, it lends continuity and spaciousness to small or crowded spaces. It is one of the simplest schemes to use; yet it can produce very sophisticated results. Simply select a color you would love to surround yourself with and use it in different shades to decorate the room.

A complementary color scheme combines colors opposite each other on the color wheel, such as green and red or blue and orange. At it’s best; the complementary color scheme produces a lively, gay effect. However, color shades should be chosen carefully to avoid a jarring effect. By combining, any three colors equal distance apart on the color wheel (or shades of those colors), a triad color scheme will be the result. A combination of purple, orange and green may sound outlandish, but subtle shades of those colors used in varying amounts can be an attractive scheme. Choose one shade as the predominant color, another as a secondary color and the third shade as an accent color.

An analogous color scheme uses neighboring colors on the wheel, such as green, blue-green, and blue, for a particularly harmonious effect. To avoid a static effect, use more of one color than the other. The first step in selecting a color scheme usually is to decide on the main color to be used in the room. If you don’t know which colors you are happiest living with, glance through your wardrobe. If you don’t see any red, you probably wouldn’t like living in a room decorated in a red color scheme. You can get the inspiration for your color scheme from an Oriental rug or a favorite painting. Either may suggest a pleasing color combination and could then help tie together the colors in the room. Proportion and balance are important to any color scheme. After you decide which color will be dominant, add other colors in unequal amounts. One guideline is to select the dominant color for use in about two-thirds of the room and to use the other colors in lesser amounts.

Whether you’re decorating your entire house or merely redoing one room, be sure to maintain a certain amount of color continuity throughout the home. Develop an overall plan and then decide how each room will be integrated into it. Occasionally, you may want to make your wall treatment the focal point of the room. For instance, a dramatic accent wall, stenciling or a graphic might dictate what other patterns and colors can be used in the room. There are many types of border that more than do their part to accent paint color in a room. The floor covering in a room is often the only part of the decor that home redecorators don’t want to change. If that is the case, the floor covering color must be a consideration when selecting a color scheme.

Whether a room is colorfully carpeted or has hardwood floors will obviously influence what other materials are selected for that room. Remember to consider the effect texture and pattern will have on your color scheme. Both can alter how a color looks in a room. For instance, a sofa covered in a blue silk material will lend a cool, luxurious feeling to the room whereas a sofa covered in a ruff-textured material the same blue color will exude warmth and comfort.

Ideally, you should coordinate paint colors at the same time you are selecting your carpeting, upholstery, and drapery fabrics. When you make your first visit to your paint dealer, take samples of all materials to be used in the room: carpet, fabrics, and wall coverings. Trying to remember the exact color on a pillow or bedspread can drive a person crazy. Select several paint chips that you think will work well with your furnishings, keeping in mind the color will be much more intense on a large wall than on a small paint chip. When studying paint chips, be sure to mask other colors on the same paint card. Otherwise, your eyes will blend them all rather than see them individually. I hope that this information helps to clarify your understanding of some of the uses of colors in your home.

To continue a little further into colors, a hue of a color is the intensity. It could be a brilliant red or a soft rose that is the best way to describe a hue. And of course, the subject can go on and on. However, these terms become important for describing what it is exactly that they want from a painter or paint store. Color not only makes a difference in how the room feels, but also in how it will paint.


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