After determining that the colour of house is either warm or cool, the next step is applying that to your actual colour scheme. Selecting colour schemes sounds difficult, but there are tips to make your job easier.
When looking at the soft and hard furnishings and accessories in each room you are going to paint, determine which items will stay and which ones will go. Then, look for an inspiration piece, that one item that you want to decorate the space around.
Search for Inspiration
To determine the overall colour scheme of a room, identify the colour and tone of your inspiration piece. This is to help you choose colours that don’t clash with the furniture, art or accessory that you have made your inspiration piece. This will also reduce the number of your colour choices and help you follow the colours that go perfectly with your inspiration piece.
How to Get the Colours Right
The most daunting place for any DIY-er or unseasoned home stager is the paint store. If you can, take your inspiration piece with you. This will serve you better when narrowing down your colour choices than if you rely on your memory.
You will be confronted with rows upon rows of small colour swatches, different tones that all look similar to you and myriad brands all promising to be the best in quality. However, take note of these tips to help you navigate the intimidating colour selections in your local paint store.
Stick to the manufacturer’s recommendations. The paint colours in each brand will be generally grouped into several categories based on their characteristics. One category will include the brightest colours in the collection, which are characterised as clean, vibrant and crisp and are ideal as accent colours in either warm or cool tones.
Determine which colour best suits which room. Houses with a cool palette will benefit most with pastel colours, which appear to have been watered down with white to create a paler version of the original colour. Cool-toned houses will also look best in black undertones. Colours with brown undertones will be perfect for warm-toned houses.
Choose in the same colour family. Try to pick colours from the same category used by the manufacturer because they have similar undertone and will match each other. You risk clashing colours if you mix and match from different categories.
Colour clashing is for the experts. Colour experts do a great job executing “clash colour” schemes. But to an amateur, like most of us, it can end into a huge disaster.
The ranges and colour schemes of most paint brands have been expertly grouped together. You can’t go wrong when you follow the categories of colours that the manufacturer has put on display.
I simply love the way Wendy Rennie, artist and colour expert for Haymes Paint, has showcased the trending colours from 2013 and predicts how they will evolve in 2015.
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