Tips for picking paint color

Tips for picking paint color

BY Theresa Ulrich On

Color accounts for 60 percent of our response to an object or a place, according to HGTV.com. The use of color is important to us personally in our homes. When remodeling your home picking the perfect color for the room is paramount.

If not sure where to begin with color start small, experiment in a bathroom, a small hall, or an accent wall. If you’re doing the painting yourself, pick an area that’s quick to do so you can see results sooner. To get started, select a favorite color drawn from artwork, a rug, an accessory or furniture piece as a main color or accent.

When selecting a color, think about the mood of the room. Want your room to feel restful and soothing or dramatic and intimate? Soft, cool colors and neutrals usually create a quieter feeling while stronger colors are for drama.

Do you want the area to feel sociable and stimulating or appear formal and quiet? Warmer, contrasting and brighter colors add to a sociable atmosphere; deeper blue-greens and neutrals will give a more formal feeling.

Make sure when picking a paint color that you pay attention to lighting. Natural daylight shows the truest color; Incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows; Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone. A strong color might be too bright and overpowering if used on all walls or next to a large window, but it might be better when used as an accent wall with indirect light.

Learn the color terms, it will help to understand the terminology used to describe color. If you want a more active space, think about introducing stronger, more intense color. Test the color choice on poster board or large areas of a wall.

Add depth with decorative finishes. Transform flat, dull walls into interesting and personal spaces with subtle or dramatic visual texture and broken color. Follow the color wheel. The color wheel is a great reference tool for modifying and intensifying two or more colors in a room. Also creating bold or subtle variations within one color group can be done with contrasting paint finishes.

Contact KGT Remodeling for your next bathroom or kitchen remodeling project. For more information about our free consultation and remodeling in the Naples, Florida area, call 239-992-2300

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