When the subject of home color comes in a normal conversation there are many fence-sitters. This is because making a decision can be a teddious process.
Most people have a definite opinion on home décor and this is why picking out home colors can be a terrifying experience. If the colors are bland then this will reflect on the home, making it seem flat and featureless. However, pick colors that are too bold and the wrong features of the home may be highlighted, hiding the better qualities of the home. The neighbors may not be impressed, either.
Color is the Heart of the Home
One of the world's greatest mathematical theorists, Sir Isaac Newton, came up with the twelve basic colors while observing how light passes through a prism. This "color wheel" contains the hues from which all colors are mixed.
1. Primary Colors (3)
The three basic colors from which all colors are derived are called the primary colors: red, blue and yellow. This means that no combinations of any other colors will make up these three.
2. Secondary Colors (3)
When any two primary colors are mixed together in equal proportions to form a third color this mixture is called a secondary color. On the color wheel these three secondary colors are positioned between the primary colors that were mixed to form them: For example, violet would go between red and blue; orange goes between red and yellow; and green will go between blue and yellow.
3. Tertiary Color (6)
The last six colors on the color wheel are formed when a primary color is mixed with the adjacent secondary color. These are:
Red-orange Yellow-orange Yellow-green Blue-green Blue-violet Red-violet
Black and white are "non-colors." They can be mixed into different hues of gray, charcoal or black and they are important both in the intensifying and softening of colors. Adding more white to a color increases its intensity while adding black creates shades. This is very important to know when choosing paint colors
One of the most overlooked issues when it comes to picking colors is how the décor will be affected by lighting. The way light plays on a painted surface can be dramatic and attention-grabbing or subtle and mood-altering. In addition, the changing hues brought about by sun, shadows, time-of-day and changes in season.
Interior Home Coloring Tips
1. Furnishings: It is cheaper to match colors than to furnishings than the other way around. If the homeowner likes to change wall colors every few years then he or she should stick to neutral colors when buying furniture.
2. Floor and Wall Coverings: Flooring is expensive to change and so can wall coverings, such as Oriental rugs. Choose colors to compliment them.
3. Feature Walls: Limit loud colors to feature walls and in rooms that are used only occasionally.
4. Warm Colors: use red spectrum, warm colors in rooms with harsh sun light exposure.
5. Cool Colors: Tints that lean toward the blue spectrum tend to add light and space.
6. Pastels: For a calming aura, use pastel colors.
7. Dark Colors: To close in a large room, for a cozy effect, use dark colors. This will also visually lower the ceiling.
For more information on home décor consult our Contractor Directory for a painting contractor or post your project online and a home decorating expert will contact you.
Kim Kinrade writes for renovation, travel and news sites. When he is not doing this, or renovating old houses, he finds the time to write novels.
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