Coloring Within the Lines—Ideas for Using Color Inside Your Home
From the Color Experts at Sherwin-Williams
• When creating a warm or cool color scheme, choose one color as the predominant color and then other colors as accent colors.
• If you have a long and narrow room, you can consider painting the end walls a darker shade than the long, narrow walls. The darker colors will recede and will create an illusion of width in this instance. Light colors will advance.
• Solids and simple patterns reduce visual weight, while bold patterns add visual weight.
• Bright and intense colors add visual weight, while muted, neutral colors reduce visual weight.
• To make a small room look larger, choose a light-color paint and select furnishings in the same color family. Or, you can paint some of the furniture to match the walls.
• Light-color ceilings will attract attention, but dark-color ceilings will direct the eye back to head level, allowing the focus to be on the walls, furnishings and accessories.
• Light affects color dramatically. Fluorescent light tends to be cool lighting and brings out more green or blue in a color. Incandescent light—light bulbs—brings more of the red or warmth out in a color. It is important to view colors in daylight or night, because they will appear different.
• The location of color within an interior space can make a great deal of difference in influencing the room’s character. A color placed on a ceiling, wall or door may elicit many different reactions.
• Perception of temperature may also be altered with color. Most design schemes contain more than one color in a space, so if the design includes a color from each group—warm and cool—coordination of the space is still accomplished.
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