The walls within a home enframe the spaces and separate one room from another. Being so prominent, wall colour has a lot to say about the ambience of your home. But where do you start with when selecting particular paint hues? Here are several possible approaches.
When picking a colour for the walls, consider tones within existing furnishings and decorative items like artworks if you're painting an already set-up room. Consider both colourful and neutral elements in the decor. Things such as rugs and pictures exhibit palettes chosen by designers and artists, so you'll be tapping into their skills.
Use A Colour Wheel
Alternatively, you could use a colour wheel to help you decide on a wall hue. For example, imagine blue is dominant in the room's decor (or else it's a favourite colour you want to design the room around). Find it on the colour wheel, and then pick coordinating tones from that point.
Blue sits between green and purple, alongside various bridging shades such as blue-green or blue-mauve. One approach is to mix such colours that sit beside each other on the wheel — termed an analogous colour scheme. For example, combine blue, purple, and blue-green. Remember, you can pick lighter and more muted shades of each colour, that exhibit on the wheel's inner section. These softer shades will often be more appealing across a vast wall expanse.
Another way to use a colour wheel is to pick hues that lie opposite on the wheel, termed a complementary colour scheme. The contrary colour to blue is orange, which you could tone down to shades of tan or pale coral if you wished.
Alternatively, you could stick to monotones and combine different shades of one colour, such as blue, around a room. That way, you'll be guaranteed not to create clashes, but your challenge will be to keep the decor interesting.
Don't forget to factor in neutral colours in the room, when selecting paint, and pay attention to their undertones if you intend to paint the wall a neutral hue. Even white and beige come in many different shades, with diverse blue or yellow undertones, for instance.
Experiment with Lighting Conditions
Additionally, remember that natural and artificial lighting affects how colours appear. Before deciding on a particular hue for your residential painting project, you could paint a wall patch, which you can examine in different lighting conditions at various times of the day. Thus, you'll have a better idea of how that paint hue will look in your home in diverse situations.
Contact a local residential painting service to learn more about your options.