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Color: The Basics of Selection

Color Phobia


Do you live in a beige world? Making color mistakes can leave you frustrated and frightened of trying anything but beige on your walls!


With colors, you can set a mood, attract attention or make a statement.  By understanding the intricacies of the science of color impact, you can make your rooms reflect your personality and create the feel you want.

Color selection will be dictated by:
                Your personal preferences
                The “feel” you desire for your space
                The space itself—is it large, small?  Does it get much natural light?
                How the room will be used
It is easiest to make your color palette section from something else that has given you inspiration:
                A photo of a room that is pleasing to you
                A room you recently have been in that made you smile
                A textile that has you intrigued
                A piece of art that you love
                A brochure from a paint company with a color combo that invites you
                Or even your wardrobe will give you clues about colors you like

Next, understand that color  has  psychology that goes with it:
                Blue = a productive color and yet is also calming
                Red = strong emotions; encourages appetite
                Yellow = cheerful and warm, increases metabolism, gives energy

Color Impacts your vision of the physical space
                Lighter colors open up space and make it look bigger
                Darker colors pull a room in and make it cozier
                One color on the walls will create continuity and make the space feel larger
                Cool colors create soothing tranquil effect
                Warm colors  warm up the room and give it energy
Placement of color in the room is key
                Mix it up
                Include neutrals for transition of color/patterns/texture
                The largest area of color, walls will usually be the lightest color
                Place color a minimum of 3 places on 2 levels (eye level, furnishing level, floor level)

Color schemes:
                Monochromatic = 1 color  ie blue with shades and tints of blue
                Complimentary = 2 colors  ie blues and oranges
                Triadic   = 3 colors  blue, red, yellow
                Analogous = 3 – 5 colors  blue, green, yellow and the colors in between

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