Choosing paint colors can be hard. Wall paint that doesn’t match can make any room feel off. When you get a professional painter team, make sure you pick the right colors so you don’t make a costly mistake.
The Color Wheel
When trying to find out how to choose coordinating paint colors, the first step is to use a color wheel. The color wheel is a map of colors that displays a wide range of shades.
Colors on the color wheel can be divided into warm colors and cool colors.
Warm colors give the impression of advancing. These are bold colors that help make any space feel cozy, cheery, and emotionally warm. Warm colors are a good thing to have in rooms that is too large (living room, master bedroom, etc.).Colors that are considered warm are shades of red, orange and yellow.
On the other side of the color wheel lies the cool colors. These colors can promote moods of creativity, serenity, and rest. Cool colors include green, blue and purple.
Hues are colors that have more black or white than the basic color. For example, sky blue is a hue of blue. Pink is a hue of red. The color wheel is also useful in that it has a list of color hues. If you are wondering how to choose coordinating paint colors, look closely at the color wheel’s spokes.
If you want more than a mono-colored room, you may need to investigate the 3 following types of corresponding colors:
Analogous colors are colors that are right next to each other on a side of the color wheel. This can be a combination of cool and warm colors. For example, yellow and green are next to each other. Use shades of yellow and green to help create harmony in the space. A bold shade of yellow pairs naturally with shades of mellow pastel green.
Analogous colors are a great way to create a whole decorating plan in the entire room. Choose one main color to act as the base. Add in two colors on the side of the base for lots of vibrant colors that still looks coordinated and highly pleasing to the eye.
Complementary colors are colors found on opposite sides of each other on a color wheel. For instance, red and green oppose each other, which creates a bold feeling of energy, growth, and renewal.
Use complementary colors sparingly. Because these colors are in direct opposition, they have a tendency to be “loud,” or literally difficult to look at. Use complementary colors when wanting to highlight specific spaces.
Triadic colors are a triangle of colors; that is, if you draw a triangle on the color wheel, the 3 colors it points at are a triadic group. A triadic group will have one main color coupled with two complementary colors.
Triadic colors can be incredibly vibrant. This is because of the natural contrast with all 3 colors occupying the same space.
Similar to a triadic color scheme, a square group of colors are colors equidistant from each other if one drew a square on the color wheel. Also like a triadic group, a square group will need to have one main color along with 3 complimentary colors. Be careful with square color groups. Without the right type of balance, a room can look very chaotic.
A well thought out color plan with the right colors is just right for any room. Take color cues from the color wheel and you’ll have a coordinated home. And, if you need help with your color coordination, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at AHC Painting and Remodeling.