Using Color for Your Desired Appearance

From on February 01, 2007 in Painting

Color Solutions

Using color to achieve your desired affect is a tricky process. We have gathered helpful rules to keep in mind in order to connect rooms with color, manipulate space, and more.

Connecting Rooms with Color

Color has an enormous impact within a space. With more and more homes having open floor plans, color schemes become a powerful way to create a fashionably cohesive open-style home interior.

Careful repetition of color represents a simple way to connect open spaces. For example, adjacent areas with different floors or wall covering can be tied together with the same color molding, and using identical trim on shelving or bookcases integrates areas used for distinctly different purposes.

White is always a great choice for trim and moldings, but remember: White is not just white! There is a tremendous selection of whites to compliment any coloring that won?t change.

Another way to blend open spaces is by using a limited color palette of hues with the same intensity. Pick two or three colors in the same tone and put up side-by-side test patches. By limiting the color palette to a smaller number of colors with the same intensity, the entire space maintains cohesiveness.

Any of these color concepts will help beautify and unify an open floor plan, and offer a custom touch often seen in professionally designed homes?all in a budget-friendly way.

Adding Color to the Ceiling

If you are preparing to take the ceiling color ?plunge?, but haven?t decided on a palette, consider the character of the existing space. Darker spaces, as well as rooms that have low ceilings, often come alive with the addition of a light ceiling color, which visually extend the ceiling?s height?but remember, light doesn?t always mean white!

Many rooms benefit from a creamy neutral on the ceiling. Consider implementing a monochromatic space using a ceiling color that is two or three tones lighter than the color of the existing painted walls. Large, open areas often cry out for colors that create a cozier, more intimate space. Consider applying paint the walls and ceilings of an oversized room with an identical earthy shade.

Indulge in your sense of adventure! When designing the room?s color palette, treat your ceiling the same as any of your other existing walls, but take into consideration the size, layout, and function of the space (see hints below).

Enlivening Beige and White

If you want to warm up the space, there are an unlimited amount of colors that enhance white cabinets and appliances. If you want a ?neutral? color family, terracotta offers a lovely contrast to white and highlights the taupe that exists in many floor tiles.

Another option is to go outside of the neutral family and select a different shade of warmth (especially for kitchen space.) Pick a hue you could live with viewing regularly: mustardy gold, rich cranberry, spicy cinnamon or the chocolate brown family (toffee, mocha, etc…) are some examples of up-to-date warm colors. You may even decide to use one of these hues as an accent color, to highlight the terracotta that you are already considering. Terracotta can be the primary color (used for the walls) and another shade (such as mocha) can be a highlight color (used for decorative accents, such as window and door trim or a painted border).

Consider consulting with an expert at your local home improvement store for assistance with selecting hues of the same intensity of color, so all colors will blend graciously.

Whites are becoming particularly popular again. Many paint manufacturers have recently introduced paint lines that are only whites?but may be highlighted with a specific hue. Explore various paint chip samples of white, then narrow down your search to 3 or 4 hues that you like best. Consider purchasing a small container of each paint and applying test patches at home. This way you can view what they look like in natural sunlight, artificial light and with the other colors that exist in the space.

Using Color to Manipulate Space

Color Can Manipulate a Space without changing the ?Fixed Assets?

Changing the “fixed assets” (i.e. floor and window coverings) within a dated interior space can be costly. Rather than incurring the expense of redecorating a timeworn area, enhance the entire space with an updated color scheme!

The first step on the road to color recovery is to examine the existing palette within the space. Depending upon the current color scheme, it is often possible to simply phase out one or more of the dated colors and replace with a more up-to-the-minute hue. Another alternative is to add a contemporary color to an existing, two color partnership. Paint can provide the simple but necessary ingredient to accomplish either of these goals!

Combining unexpected, offbeat colors within a carefully considered design scheme is a rapidly increasing trend. Consider enhancing a traditional muted blue and pale yellow duo in the master bedroom by introducing an unanticipated, contrasting chocolate brown as the third color. Bring a mauve (especially popular during the 1980’s) living room into the new millennium by substituting the hue for a more up to the minute, deeper raspberry. Instead of eliminating avocado green (a popular color choice in the 1970’s) from the kitchen, celebrate the shade by supplementing with more contemporary, earthy counterparts like rich mustards, bold cranberry and spicy cinnamon. Once you have the ?re-energized? color palette in place, continue to implement ongoing touches of the new color(s) by adding decorative accessories. Allow paint to function as your ?color partner? to creatively accentuate the ?new? color scheme. Remembering that decorating is an ongoing process; your room will begin to take on a new persona via the inspirational use of paint and color.