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Feb
21

10 Tips For Selecting an Interior Paint Color

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Selecting interior paint colors can be tricky and expensive if done wrong. So what is a person to do and how can they make selections like a professional interior designer?

The reason paint colors are hard to select is because the colors change with the lighting in the space that is being painted. The color can appear different in the same room depending on how much natural light is hitting the area. If an area is shaded the exact same color can appear different, usually darker, than a sunny area. Lighting can affect color too, as can the type of bulb being used. So it is imparitive that a sample be tested in different areas of the room before painting the whole area. Usually a 2’x 2′ area is enough to get the feel for the color in the room.

Here are some professional tips to help select the color that you love for the room:

1. When looking at color chips put the color chip on a piece of white copy paper or something similar. The white paper helps you see the true color better.
2. Always buy a sample of 2 or 3 colors to test in the room first before getting purchasing large quanties. See the colors in different lighting and night and day.
3. Paint 2′ x 2′ patches of the sample colors on different walls and look at them over a 24 hour period. That way you can see the color in the natural light and artificial light that is in that room.
4. Number each wall sample in pencil and write the number on the paint sample can. Use pencil lightly and not ink, as ink will not come off easily.
5. Stand back from the samples so that you can see the colors with other colors that are nearby. Be sure to include floor colors, ceiling colors, wood colors, tiles, fabric colors, window coverings or anything that will be in the same general area.
6. Also consider the sheen of the paint as a flat paint will look different than a semi-gloss paint of the same color.
7. Many of the paint companies have online computer programs that actually will show the color painted in a room. I never trust that because it because the color is not in my room with my lighting. I kind of use it as a guide and then do the above tests to see what the color really looks like in my exact room.
8. It is ok to check magazines, google, popular websites and see what others are using, but my biggest tip is to test, test, test first so that you are not shocked by the outcome. Because, believe me, it can be a shock and very expensive to repaint or change later.
9. As far as selecting your personal colors, it is fun to find out if your personal colors are warm based (yellow undertones) or cool based (blue undertones). If your skin tone is warm based, choose warm base colors and if your skin tone is cool based, choose cool colors to surround yourself with.
10. Sometimes I use a favorite piece of my neutral clothing that I love on me for color inspiration. If it looks wonderful on me. It could look beautiful in the room. Lord knows, that is important! But seriously, we do feel good with colors that are right for us surrounding us.

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Mar
30

Interior Design Ideas – Color Schemes Types – What Are They and How Do I Choose One?

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Color schemes are based on the color wheel. There are so many hues available and so many choices that it makes it hard to establish just one. There are millions of colors, but interior designers generally only use three to five hues for a scheme, plus two to three accent hues that are used in dashes here and there only. The main colors can vary by using tints, tones, and shades in different intensities for variety. For the types of color schemes we will discuss we will be using three to five hues. Let us explore the different types of schemes and perhaps that will help you to start by choosing a type of scheme that you like best.

You may want to view a color wheel while you read this article: Also note that white, grey, beige, taupe and black are considered neutrals and will not be included in the scheme. Some people use all neutrals and just splash the project with the hues they choose in their scheme. That is a beautiful look. Some people want more color and use more color on their walls, furniture and accessories. That is wonderful too. Each person has their own needs and wants as far as hues are concerned. It is important to choose hues that make you happy, Read More→

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Mar
29

Interior Design Ideas – Color Schemes – Are They Always Colorful? What is Monochromatic?

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Interior design ideas for a monochromatic schemes are essential because this type of a color scheme can be boring, dull and bad fast.  In actuality though this one color color scheme can very well be beautiful. wonderful, classy and chic. What are some of the design ideas that make it that wonderfulness happen?

  • Tints, Tones and Shades – Monochromatic color schemes have one dominate hue.  It is very important  in this type of scheme to carefully distribute tints – (white with the color), tones – (black with the color) and shades – (grey with the color) in varying degrees to add variety and excitement to the scheme.  Neutrals are another thing that can be added which are white, beige, taupe, gray or even black can be Read More→
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Feb
01

Interior Design Ideas: Tips For Your Color Scheme – The Golden Rule

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Interior Design Ideas: Your Color Scheme Golden Rule

Each interior design should have a color scheme.   A color scheme usually consists of approximately 3 main colors and 2 secondary or accent colors.  I say usually because this is creative work and there are always exceptions.  I am simplifying everything for the sake of teaching.  This is the way I do it in my interior designs for my clients.

Many times the overall background color for the entire house is a soft cream, bone or taupe.  I have had clients soften their walls with a very slight faux painting on all the walls that creates a gentle depth.  This is quite pretty too if you

don’t want flat walls.  This is the base and then the color can be added as needed room by room.

There is a “golden rule” in interior design that is used quite often.  It is 2/3 of one thing and 1/3 of another.  In this case we will apply it to your color schemes.   As an example, Read More→

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and pleasant riches. Ps 24:3