Paint color choices
Purpose of colors
By Nick Cvijovic: Edmonton Painting
Colors influence our lives more than we think. Upon entering a room for the first time, the first thing we notice is color, because colors actually “shape” the room; the furniture comes after, and creates the room content.
Colors also influence whether we will spend more or less time in a room and how we feel in a room. Therefore, it’s important to find the colors and shades that suit us, but the room function as well.
Choosing the right colors for your home
When choosing the right color for your home, you should ask yourself some questions first:
What’s the room orientation?
The light, whether natural or artificial, influences the look of any color. If the room faces north, you should chose warm colors to reduce coldness. If the room faces south, interior colors will have warm reflexion, which allows you to use a “colder” color pattern. Eastern or western illumination gives a mild red note to everything.
Should a room size be visually corrected?
Light and cold colors make the walls and furniture look more distant, so we use these colors to visually increase the room dimensions. Dark and warm colors create a welcome feeling but also reduce the room dimensions; therefore, such colors should be reserved for large spaces.
What is the purpose of a room?
Neutral or pastel colors are the most appropriate for a bedroom or a living room; light shades of blue or green can freshen up a bathroom; red or purple details in the kitchen inspire creativity.
Color matching tips
Here are a few useful tips how to match a color with the space you want painted:
Light and dark colors
Light colors and reflecting white shades which usually give a “cold note” are good choice for room well exposed to sunlight; such colors are calming and reduce effects of the heath.
Dark colors are suitable for places in colder climate, and also work well for bedrooms; they give warm feeling, preventing cold in a way. Dark red shade id perfect for a library or a study, especially if there is a fire place in it. But keep in mid that the shade should not be too dark. In cold climate conditions, day light is already diminished, and you wouldn’t want to lose too much of it.
If you live in a warm climate country, or if your room is too exposed to the sun light, you should avoid dark colors. They ale “hot” by themselves and might provoke feeling of stuffiness.
Red, red-orange or a quince-like color should be added in cold rooms or rooms facing north.
Very warm rooms or rooms facing south can be “cooled down” by blue, blue-pink or blue-green shade.
Besides their role in interior design, colors also work like the “magic wand” in other aspects of life. However, before you decide to beautify your space with new colors, it’s important to know some rules. If you think you’ll go for blue, it won’t make the final choice much easier because the human eye differentiates about 7 million colors and “blue” actually means multitude of shades of that popular color.
All color patterns in contemporary use are based on the spectrum defined by Isaac Newton in the 17th century by observing a sun ray breaking up through the prism. His idea was that spectrum consists of 6 basic primary and secondary colors. They mix and create new tertiary colors.
Primary colors are the only ones not formed by mixing other colors. These are very strong blue, red and yellow colors; all other spectrum colors come from combining those three primary colors.
Secondary colors are formed from two of the primary ones. Orange is combination of red and yellow; green emerges as a mixture of blue and yellow; purple is the result of combining blue and red.
Tertiary colors are orange-red, orange-yellow, yellow-green, blue-purple and red-purple. Each of them consists of a secondary and a primary color.
These are just a few of a multitude combinations.
Color “temperature” depends on its position in the spectrum. Blue, green and purple are defined as cold colors, while red, orange and yellow are warm.
Each spectrum color can fit in many interesting patterns. Basic combinations are neutral, monochromatic, harmonic and complementary.
Neutral scheme is perfect to accentuate details such as vase or a painting; their beauty will be irresistible on unobtrusive white or beige background. That is the reason for using this elegant pattern in galleries or museums. Neutral pattern is based on “non-colors” like white, black, gray, brown and beige.
Although based on a single color, monochromatic scheme can be very interesting. If you use several tones of the same color, for example light and dark tones of green, and add different textures, the resulting space will be provocative, but also calming. Monochromatic pattern is good for all rooms, but it’s ideal for living rooms or bedrooms.
Harmonic scheme occurs if you use colors that are next to each other in the spectrum, like blue and green or yellow and orange. This pattern can also be applied in all rooms because it has a relaxing effect due to lack of aggressive contrasts.
Complementary or contrasting scheme consists of colors that are opposite each other on the spectrum, like green and red or yellow and purple. These pairs are in natural harmony and complement and highlight each other perfectly. For example, red is primary color whose complement – secondary color green originates from mixing the remaining two primary colors (yellow and blue). This way, cold green brings warm red into balance by connecting it with the remaining two primary colors. This scheme where “opposites attract” is very active and therefore suitable for spaces where people do not spend much time – fast food places for example.
Your own style
Of course, you should make up your own rules but with style and knowledge because each home is a mirror of the people living in it; only you can create the right feeling in your own home.
Edmonton-Painting will gladly share more tips on colors. Our focus is primarily on quality painting and decorative finishes involving more detail and creativity to provide artistic satisfaction. Color samples are available to help clients choose finishes with ease.
See also: House Painting Tips