Does choosing colors confuse you,
-or lead you astray?
Please read ahead to get a handle on options for your color choices!
One step would be to first decide how the room is going to be used, and then choose between an active, or a passive color
Colors mostly evoke subconscious responses in people are often considered either active, passive or neutral.
Active colors are listed as yellow and red because they tend to wake up a room, which makes them well-suited for offices or kitchens.
Passive colors are blue, green and purple, which create a calming backdrop and are ideal for bedrooms.
Neutral colors, such as browns, beiges, grays, whites and blacks, neither energize nor pacify. They’re perfect for bringing rooms together as well as fading the backgrounds in order to draw attention to artwork and furniture.
Spend some time to consider every Room (separately from color), and draw a blank slate in your mind. Then you can ponder on making the room an active, neutral, or passive colored space.
Each room will have its own design features, such as size, carpet or wood flooring, wainscoting. These elements should be considered first as to how you can enhance them with color.
Passive colors tend to recede visually, meaning the walls will seem more distant, which helps small spaces seem larger.
Active colors make a large room appear warmer and more intimate, but can make a small room feel ‘closed in’.
You might also think about some accent walls.
As for sheen,
Use flat white, or off-white paint on ceilings to increase the impression of height, and bright, gloss white paint on architectural details such as elaborate trim work.
Flat can be used in the Master Bedroom, because of a softer, more velvet texture, and satin should be used where more frequent washing will occur.
One overall choice would be to use various shades of your chosen color, which is referred to as a monochromatic color scheme.
Or you can combine your color with either its neighbor, or its opposite on the color wheel, deciding if you want a contrasting, or a complementary overall scheme.
If you’ve chosen a primary color, you could bring in the two other primaries for a triad, because all three are equidistant from each other on the color wheel. These primaries are Red, Yellow and Blue. All other colors come from these primary colors, and mixing them all together makes brown.
Another simple way to describe a color is hue. The three primary hues of red, yellow and blue are best enhanced by the secondary hues of green, orange and violet. These six hues can be mixed to produce an infinite number of tertiary shades. Tertiary shades are often used as accents, along with black, white, or grey.
A tint or shade of a color is commonly referred to as its tone. Decorating with colors within the same tonal range is common. Because colors that appear wildly different may have the same tone, tonal unity isn’t boring — it allows you to be adventurous, while preventing a ‘Clash’.
As with any color rule, however, remember that too much may be bad. If the tone pattern in a room is too similar, the overall effect may be heavy or too bland.
If You feel like you may be needing help in choosing colors or schemes, Timplex has partnered with the design professionals at a Sherwin Williams store in your area.
Just call the owner, Tim, and he will gladly guide you through this very important decision to erase lot of the fogginess of indecision when choosing the correct color for your space.