Smart Value Decisions Featuring our “Rules of Three” – Part Three
Last month we shared how Room Type Influences Design, Part Two of our three-part series on our “Rules of Three.” We conclude our series this month with Part Three – Achieving Color Harmony, another smart value decision!
At Southern Painting, we know one thing for certain – paint color selection is a major factor as people consider updating the interior or exterior of their home. We know a customer is never satisfied with a paint job if they aren’t happy with the paint color.
The color of paint on a wall is very personal to every individual eliciting various feelings and moods. What works for you in your home might not work for someone else in theirs. Let’s face it, color matters! But did you know that there are nuances in shades of paint and tones in the room that you should consider much as the basic color itself?
Achieving Color Harmony
We have identified three factors important to achieving color harmony, or to put it another way: feng shui for your walls!
- Color – Let’s start with the basics. Your first decision is very straightforward. Decide what color you want. Start with the basic seven colors in the paint spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Then consider the mood you want to create in the room using a full range of accentuating color combinations. If your tastes run to elegant entertaining, opt for deep-tone walls, such as chocolate, persimmon, or cinnamon. If you like calming and reassuring spaces, paint your walls sandy beige with blue grays or green accents.
- Shade – Next move on to step two, the many shades of the same color. Once you have the color you’d like to use, move on to finding the perfect shade. Face it, you didn’t know there could be that many shades of gray, did you? Shade pertains to how light or dark that basic color should be. This can be as simple as personal preference or how much light is in the room. Pick a shade of paint that will complement your design style and the furnishings in your room.
- Tone – The third factor and the common denominator. The tone unifies the color and shade through the hardline items like fireplace mantels, trim or built-in cabinets in the room, even the flooring! If you don’t stop to consider what is already in the room, the room’s shape or even its connections to other spaces, you may find the results won’t be what you hoped to achieve.
Are Your Eyes Deceiving You?
Once you’ve decided on which colors suit the mood you want to create, to best consider how you can use them to shape your decorating style, it’s time for samples.
Have you ever wondered why the color swatch you brought home from the paint store didn’t end up looking like the finished wall? Small samples make it hard to identify the tone in a room or space. We recommend applying a large wet sample to a test area being a poster board or piece of drywall. A portable sample board can also be moved from room to room to determine the effect of different lighting. We find it helps to place new colors next to what is not leaving the room. We know that homeowners who just look at a couple of samples and splash some paint on their walls are rarely happy.
Southern Painting – Your Best Value Decision
At Southern Painting, we understand the difficult judgements you face when it comes to making the best value decisions for your home. We know finding a competent service provider who understands room types and the intricacies of paint color choice can be a bit of science, art and even luck of the draw. With over 25 years of painting experience, we’ve built a solid reputation as the experts you want to call for help. Make calling Southern Painting another of your best value decisions!