A Brush With Home Styling Today
As an artist I love color and find its one of the most important choice for your home. Choosing the right colors is an art in itself and I love to create color palettes that will fit your home just right.
When it comes to choosing color, there are no strict rules but there are many factors to take into consideration. Architecture, the purpose, shape and direction of a room and above all light, should be taken into account as they will contribute to the changing appearance of colors.
Before making your final color choice, I recommend that you test selected paint colors in the room to be decorated. Colors are available in sample pots. Paint onto a piece of paper or card and place it in the room to be decorated looking at how the color changes at different times of the day. This is particularly useful when you are decorating a room which you will only use at certain times of day. For instance, if you are decorating a dining room which is mostly used in the evening, check the colors in evening light to ensure you get your desired look.
Start by thinking how light moves through your house and the effect it has at different times of the day.Consider the period of your property and whether this also influences your choice.Think about the colors you are comfortable with – look at your clothes, your car, furniture and fabrics. Decide on a palette that feels right to you
Don’t be tempted to use too many colours on architectural features as you may distract from the very thing you are trying to enhance.The traditional approach to decorating is more color on the walls than on the woodwork; however, reversing this can be equally effective.Monochromatic schemes are particularly good for irregular shaped rooms as they help to iron out any visual faults. Choose your sheen. Sheen affects both appearance and performance. It ranges from flat,which is lowest sheen, to glossy which is highest sheen. The higher the sheen the more durable the finish will be. Make your selections according to your home’s demands.
In general, cool colors make a room feel larger and give a more formal look to a room, but beware of making a room feel cold by using strong shades of blues and greens. In normal situations a mid tone green or blue colors work best.
Warm colors make a room feel smaller and give a more relaxed feel. If this is your wish, the world is your oyster and the stronger the tone the greater the impact.
For a restful look it is best to use a single neutral color. Contrasts and strong colors create a distraction and take away from a feeling of calm. If you use a single color then you can afford to use slightly stronger tones.
Creating Light and Space:
If you are looking to expand on light and space, use the lightest color on the biggest area. Contrast this with darker woodwork to make the walls look even lighter.
If you want a house to flow from room to room, choose paints that have the same weight of color within them. Strong colors are great but do think about how they relate to one another. Make sure you are happy with the flow and that it doesn’t shock or jar from one room to another.
How Light Affects Color
Color varies according to light and depending on which direction your room is facing, colors can appear quite different. To help, we’ve given some suggestions to work in each type of room.
Rooms that face north are the most difficult to decorate – especially if you are trying to create light and space. Sometimes it is better not to fight nature in a dark room – instead work with it, and use strong dark colors to create drama and intimacy. However, if you want to use lighter tones, try to avoid anything with a green or grey base in a north facing room. Opt for yellow based colors to bounce as much light around as possible.
South facing rooms are a joy to decorate because the quality of light allows one to use both warm and cool colors. All colours will look good! In order to maximise the feeling of light it is best to use a less colored palette – pale tones for a light and airy space. Cool pale blues create a wonderful watery seaside feel while the red based neutrals create a warmer and more sophisticated feel. In south facing rooms you can use a fairly bright white on the woodwork and ceilings to create a crisp and fresh look.
The light in east facing rooms can appear to be a little blue so it is best to work with this and choose greens or blues. To create as much light as possible but still retain some warmth which will really come alive in the morning sunlight. Because the light will change so dramatically through the day it is often good to team these with a darker tone on woodwork or furniture the walls appear lighter in contrast. If you want to use a white, choose one with a green or blue base.
Obviously white walls are natural light reflectors and will flatter any color of furnishing – this is particularly true in west facing rooms where white will enhance both natural and artificial light and give you a wonderful airy feeling. Even the greyer neutrals should retain a feeling of light – although the color will change from morning to night – cooler earlier and warmer later. However evening and afternoon sun also works extremely well with reds, so it is worth considering a soft pink to create a really warm glow without losing too much light.
Find everyday inspiration, color has no rules or boundaries. It’s all about your style, your taste and your experiences. Need inspiration? Look around you: A bouquet of flowers, a walk in nature, a basket of fruits, or a sunset can be your first step into a world of color. Bring your inspiration to life, gather images or objects with color that please you, such as favorite magasine, clippings, or treasured items from your home. Spread them out and narrow your selection to just the pieces you like best. Next, find the paint chips that match or complement your inspiration. With them you can begin your color skeme. Plan around existing elements. Before finalizing your color scheme, look around the room you plan to paint. Consider the colors of the things you can”t or will not change, such as flooring, window treatments, fabrics, countertops, stone or brick features. Remember to work these tones into your color skeme. Under stand color moods,warm colors create energetic and attention-getting environments. Cool colors create environments that are calm and refreshing.
YELLOW- radiates optimism and joy, while fostering creativity.
ORANGE- cheerful and lively, adding a bold, dynamic touch.
RED- is associated to excitement, luxury, and confidence.
VIOLET- is a royal color with exotic and spiritual overtones.
BLUE- is safe, popular, and restful, evokes serenity.
GREEN- is versatile, associated with refreshment and natural balance.
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