Take care with colours
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.
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