Picture a world without color — a very drab and depressing place. Now, imagine that world as it really is, with beautiful colors everywhere. Paint colors are the least expensive way to dramatize, stylize or personalize your home. It can hide a structural flaw or completely alter an appearance. Homes that aren’t blessed with interesting architectural features can be transformed into decorative showplaces with the imaginative use of paint colors.
Because of its versatility, paint is ideal for introducing color into your home — it’s economical and available in practically limitless shades. You can paint frequently to update the appearance of a room, create a mood, suit a season or express a personality. If you’re tired of your paint color scheme, change it — quickly and easily with paint!
Selecting a paint color scheme for your home with coordinating paint colors is not difficult if you equip yourself with some basic information about color and its effects.
Color Creates a Mood. How you respond to certain paint colors can be a good guide for deciding how to set a particular mood in your home. With the help of the color wheel and these basic color tips your choice may be easier:
Blue Monday, Green with envy, in the Pink — colors are often associated with moods and emotions. Colors do affect us psychologically — a fact that should be considered when decorating.
Yellows, oranges and reds are warm colors. The hues opposite them on the color wheel — greens, blues and purples — are cool colors. Consider the temperature of a color if you want to warm up a room on the shady side of the house or cool off a room with a southern exposure.
Light colors such as white and yellow are airy, expansive and cheerful. Use them in small, dark areas that you want to appear larger and brighter. Dark colors such as navy blue or brown can create a cozy, sophisticated feeling in oversized rooms.
Paint Colors Can Stylize a Room. Aside from being a mood-setting device, color can be used to stylize any setting. With the right painting techniques you can accentuate good architectural features and camouflage unattractive ones, on both the interior and exterior of your home.
Paint Color styling tricks may help you with your particular decorating demands. Contrasting colors emphasize a handsome piece of furniture or a beautiful art object can be accentuated by placing it against a wall painted a contrasting color. Attractive architectural features such as molding can be emphasized by painting them a darker or lighter paint color than the walls.