If you are not sure about what to select for a paint colour, it is best to begin with a small area, such as the bathroom, an accent wall, or a hallway. This way you can get acquainted with the process, and not cringe at the results, if you choose the wrong hue or shade.
Making a Colour Selection
In order to begin in another area, choose a favourite colour from a piece of art, a rug, or a furniture piece. Choose the colour as the main accent colour. When determining a paint colour, consider a room’s mood as well. For instance, in the bedroom, do you want a colour that is more intimate or one that is soothing and restful? Remember that neutrals and soft, cool colours produce a quieter effect, whilst stronger and bolder colours add drama.
How about the dining area? Do you want a space that feels more sociable or one that appears more formal? Contrasting and warmer colours emphasise sociability whilst neutrals and deeper shades of blue or green convey a more formal atmosphere.
If you are repainting a child’s room, remember that colours can be used to stimulate activity or invoke a more restful mood. However, you have to be careful as you do not want to overstimulate a child with vibrantly bright hues. Some bright colours can actually lead to irritability and unrest.
Pay Attention to the Lighting Used in a Room
In addition to the colours of paint you choose, professional painters at companies, such as the Prime Painting Group, stress that you need to pay attention to the lighting that is used. Lighting is why paint stores feature light boxes for customers to test sample chips of paint. For instance, natural daylight displays the truest colour whilst incandescent lighting brings out warmer yellows and tones. Fluorescent illumination, on the other hand, casts a sharp blue tone.
So, a stronger or bolder colour may be too bright to use next to a large picture window. However, it may look fine when used, with indirect light, on an accent wall. It also helps to distinguish and define the terms used in paint colour selections. For instance, hue is another name for colour. Therefore, red and blue are both considered colours or hues. A hue’s value is its darkness or lightness.
Defining Saturation and Intensity
Saturation refers to the dominance of a hue. For example, as you go from pink to red, the hue becomes increasingly dominant. Intensity, on the other hand, is another name for a colour’s brilliance. Pure colours, such as blue or green, are much more intense than combined hues, such as yellow-green. An intense colour, that is stronger, normally has a more dominant hue.
If you want a more active area, then, consider painting the space with a stronger and more intense colour. Even if you wish to select lighter colours, choose ones that are a bit more saturated with respect to shade. Whilst a pale colour may feel stark, yet bright, when it appears on a wall, two or more closely related medium-light pastel colours create a luminous effect if used in the same space.
Hopefully, the above information can be used to make your own colour choices for painting areas in your home a bit easier, or at least serve as some inspirational fodder for decorating your living space.