When it’s time to paint a room, do you agonize over which color will work? Have you painted a room you chose from a chip and through “this will be it!”; only to find it is not the one? Paint color can be tricky but it does not have to be.
There are many blogs, websites, and tons of information on color, but they are typically just that, information on color. When it comes to finding the right paint color it can be tricky because there are so many elements in the room to consider. All elements need to be considered, they will have undertones that can affect the look of the paint color in a room.
A great example:
When I first moved into my house I chose fabric for drapes in my dining room because I liked it. Similarly, I found a wallpaper that I thought would look lovely giving me that beautiful airy tone on tone look I was trying to achieve. Low and behold once the room was completed it was OK but not “quite right.” Yes, everyone “loves” the room but something was off.
One day my daughter said “Mom, I think the drapes are faded or something,” they looked dirty compared to the wallpaper! When choosing fabric for the drapes and the wallpaper they looked ok together from the samples I had, but the beige’s were “not quite” right. That’s when I discovered it’s all about the undertones.
The yellow/beige in the drapes were not working with the pink/beige in the wallpaper. The two undertones made everything in the room look dirty. Needless to say, it became a huge project (info for another blog) to remove the wallpaper and paint to make everything work together; an expense I could have avoided if I only knew then what I know now!
The complexity of color
Color is complex, no wonder so many labor over which color to choose in their homes. Without understanding how colors can affect each other, as well as the light the wrong color can be chosen. Understanding how and why a color may look in a room is challenging!
When creating a color palette for a room there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration. Although the colors may not be next to each other it is important to view the characteristics of all the elements to understand how they will or will not work together.
I now can easily distinguish the difference in colors. Consider all the elements in the room. Distinguish which undertones are going on, if the color is on the warm or cool side of the spectrum, muddy or clean and then you can start to eliminate some colors to consider others. I truly believe either you are born with this instinct or you need to learn it. 95% of the time I did get the color correct but was not knowing why. Through extensive training and classes, I have learned why. Now when I have a client say “but I really love this color, can’t I use it instead?” I have the facts and ways to show why a color is a correct choice over another so that the room looks great, not that “not-quite-right-look.”
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