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Tuesday, February 9, 2010


When choosing colours for your House, make the decision yourself instead of trusting someone else. Since there are hundreds of options in paint colours, it may seem like a difficult task. But just as you coordinate colours everyday in what you wear, you can choose colours of your choice for your rooms with a little help from here:.

To help you better, I have described a step-by-step method to help you choose the right Paint colour:

Develop an overall paint scheme
You can start by collecting paint tips when planning a room, but hold off making the final choices until you've developed an overall colour scheme for the rooms by finalising the colours of the fabrics, rugs, curtains etc.

Study the Colors: 
You'll find clues about the underlying tones of different shades of a color on a full sample strip of coordinated colors. Even if you're not even considering using a darker tone, look at all the colors carefully. Decide if the family of colors is the direction you're headed with your color selection.

Choose a style (formal or casual) and a theme for your room (such as Country, English garden, modern):
With the style and theme in mind, decide on a fabric that has 3 or more colors.Use your fabric in at least three places in the room as upholstery, pillows, curtains, etc. Use the background color from the fabric as a wall color. Pick a mid-toned color from the fabric for flooring and large furniture pieces. Use the brightest colors from the fabric for accessories and accents like picture mats, and decorative pillows. Use coordinating fabrics in other scales (larger or smaller) as accent fabrics on chairs, pillows, cording, and tablecloths. Divide color use to approximately 60% of the room in the background (lightest) color, 30% in the mid-tone color, and 10% in the brightest, accent colors.

Coordinate Samples: 
When you go shopping, you'll need to refer to your fabric, carpet and tile samples constantly. So be sure to take everything with you wherever you go since you never know when you might see something that you want to . No tellng where you might see something wonderful.

For the Trims: 
Generally a shade of white or off-white is used for the mouldings, doors, and windows. However, for a different look you could consider the palest shade of the color to coordinate with the walls. For a really striking look, you can try lighter walls and dark tones or bright colour for trim.

The Paint Finish
Consider which paint finish might be best for your project. Matt or flat finishes hide wall imperfections, but glossier finishes will reflect more light.

Test paint:
When you think that you've really chosen your perfect color, buy a test paint to do a test patch. Paint a 12-48" square on a board or directly on your wall. Look at it during the day, morning, evening, and night. How does it look with with the room's flooring, wallcoverings, and fabric choices? If it isn't right, get another paint and try again. It's better to test three colors at once to save time. You'll undoubtedly find the right color.
For the most accurate color representation, view paint samples vertically up against the wall. If you do this, you'll see how the colors will look when they're applied to your space.

Be aware of Color Contamination
Once you've painted your test sample up on the wall, observe whether the color you're testing might be adversly affected by other colors in a room. For example, if your room is currently painted pink, or there are pink curtains in the room and your test patch is beige, it is likely that the pink will reflect onto the beige, changing the color.  Test the color in a room with the same exposure to sunlight or find a room that is neutral.

Allow the paint to dry:
Wet paint color often looks different from dry paint. Don't panic when you first see the paint applied to the wall. Let it dry, then check it with your other samples (fabric, tiles, carpet) to decide if it looks right. Paint can also look out of place in an empty room. Bring in a few room elements (a chair, painting, or window treatment) to see how it all works together.

Always have some extra white paint:

Use it to lighten some paint that's too dark. Or use it to dilute your wall color by 3/4 for use on the ceiling. Just make sure to use the same kind of paint (flat latex for example), mix thoroughly, and make enough of the new color to finish the project. It will be impossible to mix up more later.

Give it time:
Getting used to a new room color might take a few days. A new bold color may seem overwhelming at first. Put some furniture, flooring, and fabric in the room. You'll probably be pleasantly surprised to see that your new color harmonizes with other room elements.

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