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Choosing the Right Colours For Your Perth Painting Project
Like other living creatures, people are biologically tuned to react to color, with up to 60% of instinctive response arising from particular hues and shades. Office or House Painting should therefore never be taken lightly. A few basic colour tips for painting can make things simple, though:
1) Start Grounded
Rather than deliberating about home painting colours in a vacuum, start somewhere concrete. If a single room in a home is to be repainted, look to the colours of the furniture that will be placed there. If repainting the exterior of a home, identify the hues that are already present in the surroundings.
2) Think About the Desired Effect
With a couple of colours already in mind, start thinking about the way the finished product will be meant to influence mood and energy level. Bold, bright colours feel energetic, encouraging activity but possibly becoming grating. Subdued colours and low-contrast schemes can be relaxing, but can also feel oppressive if overdone:
- A Bright Children’s Playroom: A playroom painted with bold primary colours can keep children happy and bubbly, while a bedroom done up in subtler hues will encourage a good night’s sleep.
- A Warm Dining Room for Entertaining: Adults at a dinner party might benefit from some warm, earthy colours. A still more subdued scheme might work better for a living room where relaxing after a hard day’s work will be the goal.
- Clean, Simple Schemes for Professional Settings: On the other hand, an office might benefit from having little in the way of colour at all. Instead, a relatively clinical feeling that inspires confidence could be a better choice.
3) Learn Basic Colour Terminology
With a desired mood and some inspiration in mind, it can be helpful to come up to speed with the basics of colour theory. Getting straight on the usual terminology will make it easier to make use of advice and resources to be found elsewhere:
- Hue: The basic, general colour at hand. Red, blue, orange, or the like.
- Shade and Tint: How much black or white, respectively, has been added to a hue.
- Saturation: How free of black and white additions, in total, a particular hue is.
- Intensity: How fundamental a particular colour is. Primary colours, to be detailed in the next section, are the most intense.
- Contrast: The visual feeling of tension or conflict between colours. The most recognisable of all forms of contrast is that between black and white, but every pair of hues will create some contrast.
4) Understand Colour Blending
There are a number of schemes for describing how colours are built up through combination. As far as painting rooms and buildings goes, the one that most learn as children is all that is needed:
- Primary colours are the most basic. Red, yellow, and blue are not only the building blocks from which other hues are built, they are also the most intense. Primary colours can produce especially forward effects, but they can also feel unsophisticated.
- Secondary colours are those, like green or orange, produced through the combination of primary ones. While they lack the immediacy of their primary components, secondary colours will often feel more refined.
- Tertiary colours are created when primary and secondary colours are mixed. Continuing the trend, they tend to be the most laid-back of all hues.
5) Come Aboard the Colour Wheel
It can look intimidating, but the colour wheel is a practical, useful tool. In fact, a colour wheel can be used to design appealing colour schemes given any particular hue as a starting point:
- Analogous Colours: Starting with a dominant colour, pick two close neighbours for a relaxing, low-contrast scheme.
- Complementary Colours: Jack up the energy and contrast by picking a second colour directly opposite on the wheel to the first.
- Contrasting Triples: Start with a dominant colour and pick two others, each of which lies 120 degrees away, for an intermediate level of tension.
- Monochromatic: With the target colour picked out, choose one or two others that lie on the radius drawn from the centre of the wheel.
6) Experiment and Experience
Whenever possible, start with small changes to assess whether a given set of colour choices is going to work out. Paint a single, small room or a typically unseen patch of exterior wall to get a feeling for the final results.
Even trying out prepared colour swatches against particular backgrounds can produce insights. Also try viewing any test efforts from different places and angles, or under different lighting, to paint a more complete picture.
7) Focus on Finishing Touches
With a good idea as to how a particular colour scheme will look, explore a couple of other possibilities before committing:
- Finishes: Different finishes can be used to emphasise or diminish colour-derived effects. A glossier finish will liven things up, while a matte one will subdue them. Finish variation can be used to add complexity while keeping colour choices simple.
- Textures: Varied textures can also support particular colour goals, also creating more visual interest without over-complicating a scheme.
While it can feel intimidating at first, picking out the perfect colours for a home or office need not be a source of anxiety. Simply working through these concepts and techniques in a thoughtful, patient way is all that it takes to produce some great-looking results.
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