With so many colors available and so many color combinations to select from, it’s often a challenge to decide on the right color, the perfect hue and the correct tones to work with your interiors. Let’s get started with a few easy to follow tips:
Tip # 1
Start with a color that you particular like or especially love. It doesn’t have to be the latest ‘hot’ color, the color of the year or a trendy color. What matters the most is that it’s a color you are most comfortable with and enjoy.
Tip # 2
Selecting colors that are close together on the color wheel will calm the space and become tranquil. These analogous colors are found anywhere on the color wheel – they just need to be close together. Selecting complimentary colors from opposite sides of the color wheel are more dramatic, make a bolder statement and make for great accents.
Tip # 3
Strong colors, bold colors should be blended and coordinated with other elements in the room, including the ceiling, trim and moldings, flooring, furniture and accent pieces.
Tip # 4
Strong colors are great and usually ideal for smaller rooms that are less used, such as guest rooms, powder rooms and a home library.
Tip # 5
Using a couple of colors in a few rooms helps with the flow from one space to the other and provides a cohesive look and feel. It will ‘tie’ all the spaces together. A great example is using an accent wall color in the furnishings of an adjacent room.
Tip # 6
Colors need to be tested – place a color swatch on each wall of the room, close to furniture, next to a window, through a corner.See what happened when the light changes from day to night and from natural light to artificial light.
Tip # 7
When you go to the store to select color swatches, take an object with you – something like a piece of fabric, perhaps a pillows or even a small accessory. Art work works too as do photographs. It helps to narrow down the selection of colors.
Tip # 8
Look outdoors for inspiration – nature is filled with awesome hues and tones of glorious color. You’ll see everything from the earthy natural color through to the vibrant reds and blues. Greens, yellows, blues and reds feature everywhere outdoors.
Tip # 9
Paint stores are very helpful – if you really like a color but you think you’d like it darker, then ask them to mix at 50% tint so that you can check it out
Tip # 10
Remember that particular color that you love? It might be too strong or bold for the walls, however using it as an accent would be ideal. A throw or accent pillows or even a few accessories allows you to use just enough to make a statement in an otherwise calm room. And the beauty of it is that it’s changeable at no/low cost from one season to the next.
Use the best quality paint you can afford – these paint provide excellent finishes and top quality pigments that will have the color last for years.