Choose paint color for your rooms and love it

To be able to choose paint color for your room, you first need to decide on your color scheme. It is not very hard to decide on perfect color scheme, if you know some simple rules about color wheel and combining colors. The understanding of color symbolismwill also play an important role in selecting the color and especially the atmosphere for the room.

To decide on color scheme and consequently to choose paint color, you should first think of the room you want to redecorate and ask yourself these simple questions:

Is it a small room, which needs to be optically enlarged?

Is there enough light or is it rather dark?

Is it very cold room or rather too warm?

This is very important information, which will be together with color symbolism your starting point for choosing a color scheme. For more information on how to make the room appear smaller or larger, warmer or colder using colors, visit decorating with color.

You now have your color scheme, the colors you would like to see in the room. But which one goes where, are you asking?

Choose paint color for your rooms and love it

Choose Paint Color from Your Color Scheme When you decided on your color scheme, the main color (50% of space), the one that will define the atmosphere, will go on walls. This color will set the mood immediately when you walk into the room, therefore it is important to consider the effects of colors on your mind and emotions. Study the color symbolism and decide what mood you want to evoke and what color has such characteristics.

Then choose tints and shades of that color, but always choose ones that make you feel comfortable. When the room is small, choose paint color that is the lightest color from your color scheme. If the spaciousness is not an issue, you can go for darker shades to create drama.

When you are ready to choose the actual paint, remember that the color you choose in store will actually look different on your walls. Therefore, try to find lighter version of the one you’ve picked, because paint colors usually come out darker on walls, sometimes 1 to 2 shades. Or rather, your impression of it will be that much “stronger”.

The second color (30-35% of space) in your color scheme and its shades and tints will go on furnishings, curtains and floorings. They should be in natural harmony with the base color, that is the color of the wall. Minimize the difference in the tonal value of these two colors (as these are the first things your eye is drawn to when you walk in) to create harmonious look and optically make the room appear larger. Very contrasting colors on walls and furnishings make the room appear smaller. Generally, this should be the second lightest color from your color scheme.

The third color (15-20% of space) from your color scheme (and its shades and tints) will be used for accessories and accents, like pictures, artwork, candles and others to boost and revive the overall appearance of the room. Make sure, you do not put too much of these accent colors, you need to find the right balance for balanced look. Accent colors should be the darkest from chosen colors or they can be the most contrasting to create interest.

Lighting and Colors

In order to choose paint color successfully, you should take the lighting and its effect on colorsinto consideration, as well.

Natural light, especially at noon provides the best conditions for the most authentic appearance of colors. In the morning, the light has a lot of yellow in it; therefore colors appear more “yellowish”. On the contrary, in the evening, light has more blue, making colors look more “blueish”.

Artificial lighting is one of the most important aspects of interior design, therefore if you want to choose paint color for the best effect, consider carefully what kind of artificial lighting will be the best solution for the room.

For example, incandescent bulbs, the ones typically used in homes shine with more yellow. Be careful with these, especially if your color scheme uses more cold colors, as these can appear “dead” and uninteresting.

Fluorescent bulbs shine more bluish or greenish. This lighting might not be appropriate for warm colors as these tend to look more “aged”.

The best artificial lighting is halogen lamps, since these shine rather white, which means that colors appear almost like during the day.