Spring is on its way and with it comes the urge to update and refresh! Color is the simplest way to make a change, in fabrics, accessories and wall paint. There are a few things you should know when you're selecting color. First, that there are tried and true color schemes that always work. They include monochromatic (all one color), analogous (colors that are adjacent to each other on the color whee), complementary (colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel), split complementary (a main color and the two colors on each side of its complementary color on the color wheel), and triadic (colors on the color wheel in a triangle). Next is that colors can be warm (reds, yellows, oranges) or cool (greens, blues, violets). I like to tell clients who are working on color schemes that if the color combinations exist in nature they will work in your home.
|Monochromatic with a cool accent color.|
1) Take it home. Choose a handful of chips in colors you like with dark and light gradations. If you do many projects, purchase a fan deck for a particular paint line. When you get home, view those colors in the room you want to paint at varying times of day. DO hold them against the all of your fabrics (seating, window coverings, pillows, etc..), artwork, and even the flooring. Narrow your choices to two or three colors.
Before you paint the full wall color, create test boards. I use SMALL WALL so that I don't have to prime multiple stripes, eliminate the effect of having several adjacent colors together, and am able to move the boards to different corners in the same room throughout the day. Most companies offer sample sizes of paint so you can try before purchasing a gallon.
|Warm and monochromatic makes|
this tiny living area seem larger.
Eggshell and satin finishes offer depth and warmth. Eggshell finishes are easier to wash than flat finishes and resist stains and scuffs, but you will see touch-ups. Satin finishes, common for trim and doors, are easy to clean but require more prep work since every imperfection will be visible. Semigloss and glossy sheens can be scrubbed and are easy to clean.