Interior Design 101: Choosing the correct wall paints.

Changing the color scheme of your room can make the biggest difference in your interior decor, so let’s see how to use these colors to your benefit and make your space beautiful.

Choose a color scheme.

  • Warm.

Red, orange, yellow and the colors in which they show dominance (or the colors with these as undertones).

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  • Cool.

Blue, green, violet and the colors in which they show dominance ( or colors with these as their undertones).

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  • Neutrals.

White, black, grey, brown and their shades and tints.

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Categories of wall colors.

  • Dominant colors

The color that occupies the maximum area of the walls is known as dominant color or controlling color. This will be the most important color in your color selection, so make the best choice possible. As it is a color that will be used the most, make sure it’s of a lighter shade or has some gray tones to it.

  • Contrast color

The color of tour wall accessories, the wall art,etc. should be in this color. Use this as a guide while shopping your home decor pieces. Even when you use a contrast color make sure both, the dominant color and the contrast color have the same undertone to it, so as they get along better creating a great harmony.

  • Accent colors.

These are the one which are used to create the ‘pop of color’, these have to be intense and bright with an opposite undertone. Remember, with the accent color ‘less is more’, use it as minimum as possible, instead of creating small spots of this a big, bright focal point shall be ideal. This is totally an optional color, but adding this will create a nice break and thrill in your decor.

Primary and secondary colors and COLOR THERAPY.

Red.

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This family includes red, it’s shades and tints.

 Characteristics: These are bold and exciting colors, they signify strength and cheerfulness. These are warm colors and are considered advancing and dramatic.

Effects: Makes objects look bigger and closer to each other; bring light and warmth too dark and cool-toned rooms.

Best way to use: Use in light tints for large rooms with fair amount of light. If you are using the true color, it’s great for accent and accessories for small spaces. The deeper shades work best for upholstery, carpets ans curtains.

Do not: Avoid using too much of the true shade, especially in bright rooms. If you are using a lot of red, soften it with mixing some gray with it.

Orange.

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This family includes orange, it’s shades and tints.

 Characteristics: These are glowing and inviting colors. These are warm colors and are considered a good mixing agent when used in softer tones.

Effects: The effects of orange are almost same as red, it’s a good milder option. Great for toning up a cool room with dull colors.

Best way to use: It is an excellent color choice as background color if used in soft tints for a room with blue toned upholstery and curtains. Also works amazing as an accent color foe col tones interiors.

Do not: Avoid use of the true color, softer shades are the best to work with.

Yellow.

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This includes Yellow, its shades and tints.

 Characteristics: These are the colors of sunlight, they signify cheerfulness and brightness.

Effects: These diffuse light and make a rather shaded/dark room look brighter and bigger. When used in pale tints, this is the safest color to work with as a dominant color with warm tones.

Best way to use: Excellent background color for small and poorly lit rooms when used in light tints. When used as a true bright color, works great as an accent color for cool toned rooms.

Do not: Avoid using in extremely sunny rooms if you have hot weather conditions, also always test a sample under artificial light, as they tend to change colors under certain lamp lights.

Green.

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This family includes green, it’s shades and tints.

 Characteristics: These are cool and refreshing colors, unless mixed with warm colors. These are very friendly with other colors as they can be both warm toned as well as cool toned.

Effects: Makes objects look smaller and farther away. When used in lighter washes the make walls look wider from each other thus. making the room look bigger.

Best way to use: Great to use in a room which is used for relaxing and refreshing, also suitable for flooring and ceiling with proper shades.

Do not: Avoid using it in excess in a room with all cool toned interior, if so choose a warmer variant of green.

Blue.

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This family includes blue, it’s shades and tints.

 Characteristics: These are the coolest and the most receding colors. Also, the lighter shade are favorite as backgrounds for majority of people.

Effects: Make room look relaxing and calming. Being the coolest of them all, they make the room look airy, spacious and calm. The deeper shades make the bright accent colors pop very well.

Best way to use: Use in light tints to make the room look bigger, great as background for a small warm room. It is a quite color and let’s other colors used with it do the talking, thus a perfect combining color.

Do not:  Avoid using deeper shades in rooms with less light. Do not use it for the complete interior, as it will make the decor look dull, using bright accents is a must.

Violet.

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This family includes violet, it’s shades and tints.

 Characteristics: These are cool when blue is dominant in these and warm when red is dominant in these. In pure form these are cool and formal.

Effects: These create a restful and quite environment when used in lighter tints. When used as bright true colors, they work as excellent accents on yellow backgrounds.

Best way to use: Use in lighter tints as background for an average size room, a light wash is also great to paint the ceiling. Use bright yellow and orange accents with it. With a room with warm interiors use cool toned violet, and for cool interiors use warm tone violet.

Do not: Avoid using in large spaces, as it will make the space look empty. Otherwise, it’s a very flexible color to play with.

Once decided, how to test the samples correctly?

Before you start painting the whole room always use a tester or sample to check the quality of the paint and how it works with the natural and artificial light in your room. Check the sample for a day at lest to know how the color looks throughout the day.

Ideal sample size for testing wall colors is 24″ x 24″

If you are using any kind of texture or pattern, check with a bigger sample.

I hope this post helps you in choosing the correct color to paint your room, make sure to let me know what are your thoughts on it in the comments below.

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