Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Color Selection


by Step Color Selection

  • Identify the "fixed" elements of your room that you are
    not planning on changing.
    For example, furniture, rugs, fireplace,
    color of woodwork or tiling, etc. All paint colors must coordinate
    with theses elements.

  • Identify the room's natural attributes, such as room size
    and lighting, and the way in which you want the color of the room
    to affect those attributes.
    Keep in mind cool (blue, violet
    and green), dark colors recede and seem to pull away from you, making
    the room seem larger, while warm (red, orange and yellow), light colors
    expand and seem to come towards you, making the room seem smaller.
    It's important that you make a final selection only after viewing
    a sample of your color choice in the room you are painting so you
    can see how natural and artificial light affects the color.

  • Identify what the room will be use for-rest, play, work or dining.

    Think about what colors make you feel comfortable, energetic or inspired.
    Keep in mind the colors you choose to work with will determine whether
    the environment is dramatic or subtle. Some colors are associated
    with moods. Here are some basic associations:

    & passion, orange-active & inviting, yellow-bright & sunny,
    green-calm & serene, blue-refreshing & inspiring, purple-cleansing
    & smoothing, neutrals-subtle & elegant .

  • Start
    with colors in tones that naturally appeal to you.
    Tip: outline
    a large photocopy of a picture of your room. Duplicate this several
    times to get a few black & whites images. Use colored pencils to
    experiment with different color schemes and you'll be ahead of the game
    before you turn to chips or actual paint samples.

the following basic color palettes as color selection guides:

Using just one color and varying that color's intensities
from pale to bold, light to dark can create a room décor that is
exciting or serene.

with the walls and select a soft color.

a trim color or accent wall color by identifying the color two shades
darker on the same color chip.

colors- colors that actually oppose each other on the color wheel- can
be used together for stunning results.

with a trim color or fabric color in a rich shade.

Select "complement"
of that color for your walls by finding the color across from it on the
color wheel.

By using colors that are next to one another on
the color wheel and similar in tone, you can create a dramatic but elegant
color design for your room.

by selecting three colors that are next to one another on the color wheel
that are similar tone.

Use one of
the colors more dominantly and the other two as accents.

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