How To Match Colors and Designs in Your Home
When it comes to designing your home it's important to realize that you are the captain who steers the ship. No matter what you're designing, all final decisions ultimately lie in your hands. No matter what company you're working with - no matter how experienced or professional - consultants and contractors are merely navigators who can show you how to get from point A to point B. It's no different when mixing and matching colors, shades, and tones. While every person has their own personal style and approach, it is a good idea to know what what designs and colors work together and which ones do not. So here's a general guide to help you along the way. Let our South Florida Painting experts at Big Green Men give you some tips!
The Color Wheel
Before you proceed, it's a good idea to have a basic understanding of how colors work and what creates harmony among shades and tones. You can begin by looking at a simple color wheel which can be broken down into 3 major parts:
Primary Colors - In traditional color theory primary colors are foundational level colors that cannot be broken down any further. In other words, they can't be mixed by any other combination of colors. But rather they are the root of all other colors in the color wheel. Primary colors are generally recognized as Blue, Yellow, and Red.
Secondary Colors - Secondary colors are next level colors that are created by a combination of any of the primary colors. Traditionally, these colors are green, orange, and purple
Tertiary Colors - When you mix a primary color and a secondary color, you now enter the third level which is the creation of tertiary colors. This category of colors is often given two names such as red-purple, blue-green or red- orange. Tertiary colors are an even mix of both shades.
Once you get beyond tertiary colors the fun begins. You can mix primary, secondary, and tertiary, colors all day long and get hundreds of different shades that slightly differ all the way from black to white.
Creating Color Harmony
The whole idea of putting together a room design is to blend a myriad of colors that all match and are instantly pleasing to the eye. This lends itself to numerous possibilities, but essentially it is possible to either go overboard or off the grid all together. While this does largely depend on your personal taste and style, the smart homeowner will also incorporate a degree of common sense and generally accepted taste into their decision making. So creating color harmony is essential. here are a few key concepts to remember.
Complementary Colors - In a nutshell complementary colors are any two shades that directly contrast each other on the color wheel. For instance, yellow purple are opposite one another and so instantly complement each other with a rich light tone and deep dark tone. Complementary colors are perfect for matching each other. A poor example of complementary colors would be red and orange, as they instantly create an undesirable match that kills the eye.
Neutral Tones - In spite of the rules of complementary colors, there are some shades that do match regardless of how close they are shade. Neutral colors, for example, work well together, because, when combined, they are very soft to the eye. Browns, grays, blacks, and light tan colors are all very close on the color wheel, yet do not clash, when placed in the same environment.
Colors and Moods
One thing to remember is that there is a direct correlation between color and how it affects your mood. Numerous studies have revealed that people feel certain way the moment they walk into any room. Although accessories and decor such as plants do play a part, ultimately, color is what creates the vibe. Colors behave in three basic ways: active, passive, and neutral. For instance, red raises energy and excitement. Yellow stimulates joy and happiness. Blue has a calming affect on an individual upon entry, and purple gives one the feeling of royalty and luxury when the step through the door.
Today's advanced technology and software can help you in ways you never imagined. Many of today's home designers and consultants can capture your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc. with a digital camera, load it into a software program and the digitally recreate. This allows you to remodel your room before you every launch the project. This way you can see if that shade of brown and orange will actually work together in reality, like the idea you had in your head. With professional consultation you'll end up saving time and money, and it will keep you from train-wrecking your next remodeling project
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