Take care with colours

Matamata Chronicle - - Building -

SOME im­por­tant things to think about when choos­ing new colours are:

Ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture and fit­tings – Will your new colour scheme com­ple­ment your ex­ist­ing room el­e­ments?

Room size – A light colour will re­flect more light and can make a room ap­pear larger.

Lay­out – Does the room open on to an­other? Will the colours flow be­tween the two? Does the room open on to a gar­den?

Am­bi­ence and use – Do you want a bed­room that feels cosy and warm, or a liv­ing area that feels light and open?

Many of to­day’s pop­u­lar colours have metameric qual­i­ties, which means they can ap­pear dif­fer­ent un­der dif­fer­ent light sources.

Take a colour swatch from the Colourplus Pal­ette and walk it around your home to see how dif­fer­ent the colour looks in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of your home.

Colour can dra­mat­i­cally af­fect the am­bi­ence and vis­ual pro­por­tions of a room. Re­mem­ber these fac­tors when con­sid­er­ing your colour scheme:

Light colours re­flect more light than dark colours and there­fore can make a room look larger – just re­mem­ber if a room is very small even when painted in a light colour it will still ap­pear small.

Ceil­ings may ap­pear lower if painted in a darker colour than the walls.

If you wish to give the im­pres­sion of a wider room try hav­ing your ceil­ing and floor in a sim­i­lar colour and the walls in a lighter colour. A dark warm colour will ap­pear to bring a wall for­ward. Try us­ing a dark warm colour on a short end wall to make a long nar­row room ap­pear shorter.

Ver­ti­cal stripes can give the ap­pear­ance of higher walls and make the ceil­ing look higher.

We have fea­tured a few of the most pop­u­lar be­low.

Monochro­matic – A monochro­matic (re­lated or har­mo­nious) colour scheme is made by us­ing shades and hues of one colour. A monochro­matic colour scheme gives a room a sense of unity. Add in­ter­est to a monochro­matic colour scheme through the use of tex­ture.

Com­ple­men­tary – A com­ple­men­tary (con­trast­ing) colour scheme is made by us­ing two colours which are di­rectly op­po­site each other on the colour wheel.

Achro­matic – An achro­matic colour scheme uses black, white and shades of gray. An achro­matic scheme can be used to cre­ate an el­e­gant and so­phis­ti­cated look.

Tri­adic – A tri­adic colour scheme uses three equidis­tant colours on the colour wheel.

Split Com­ple­men­tary – A split com­ple­men­tary scheme uses any colour from the colour wheel in com­bi­na­tion with the two colours that are di­rectly on ei­ther side of the colour op­po­site the one cho­sen eg. blue and vi­o­let with yel­low orange.

To find your Mata­mata Colourplus store call 0800 733 030.

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