A guide to blending colors

Always start small

In case you’re yet to make a decision on where to start implementing your color blends, consider experimenting in the bathroom, powder rooms, an accent wall or a small hall enclosure between rooms. If you choose to do the painting yourself, pick an area that can show the results of your trial, faster. You need to look at the entire process as an adventure. Therefore, to get started, select your favorite color obtained from an artwork, dishes, a rug, and a furniture or accessory as the main color or accent.

Prioritize on your mood

You need to pay particular attention to the overall mood of the room. For instance, in the bedroom, you may want the feel to be soothing and restful, intimate or dramatic. For that reason, cool soft colors and neutrals are good options for creating a quite feeling compared to stronger colors that mean drama.

When it comes to the dining area, you need to ask yourself if you intend to make the place feel formal and quite or sociable and stimulating. Warmer, brighter and contrasting colors can make the environment appear sociable while deep blue-greens combined with neutrals make it appear more formal.

For the kids’ room, the surrounding should active and have an exciting energy but remain orderly and restful. Take care not to over-stimulate your kids with intense bright hues. Very bright colors can actually be irritable.

Put the lighting into consideration.

Why do you think paint stores have solitary light boxes to help you test paint chips? One reason is that natural daylight portrays the truest color. Another reason is that incandescent lightinghas the ability to bring out both warm tones and yellows. But the main motivation behind the hack is the fact that fluorescent lighting does cast a sharp hued blue tone. Therefore, a strong color can be too bright for your walls when placed near large windows. All the same, strong colors can be highly effective when used on accent walls especially if an indirect light is involved.

Try learning the color terms  

Sometimes understanding the general terminology used in describing colors can help you a lot. Red and blue are all known to be the hue colors. The more dominant the hue is, the more saturated the room. Therefore, a descending contrast of red that is fading to pink makes the hue less dominant. Also, intense colors are always brilliant. Even if you really want a lightly colored room, you should choose colors that are mildly saturated.

Add depth to your colors by incorporating decorative finishes

You can transform flat dull looking walls into captivating and interesting spaces by simply adding dramatic or subtle visual texture. Some of the soft reflective metals you can use include mica, copper, bronze, pewter and gold and silver.

Consult the color wheel

A small color wheel can be a great reference tool for intensifying and modifying two or more colors. For instance, green and red which are complementary colors (opposite colors) are more intense when used together. You will be shocked at the number of color combinations that that function stunningly beautiful together. Another outstanding function of the color wheel is to tell the visual temperature of the color. You can discover this trick by drawing a straight line from the mark on the yellow-green region of the wheel and extending it down to red-violet section. You are going to notice that all colors on left are warm while the colors on right are cool.

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