Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Find the right paint color for you

Painting is one of the least expensive, quickest and easiest ways to immediately transform the look of a room. With a change of color, any space can immediately take on a new personality. Choosing the perfect color for a room is key.

There's no right or wrong color, it's simply about homeowners finding the right hue for them. While it may be tempting to follow the trends, sometimes the "in" colors simply do not mesh with a homeowner's design style. In such instances it's best to go with what feels the best. Choosing colors that impart a certain mood can also help create a dramatic, comforting or energizing space.

Certain families of colors say different things and can create a particular atmosphere. Here are some common colors and what they can do for design.

* Green: If the desire is for a relaxing, all-natural retreat, green may very well be the color to choose. Green's connection to nature makes the shade refreshing and soothing to the eye. It can instantly create a calming effect in any space and homeowners need not worry about going overboard with shades of green. Complementary colors to green include shades of red and pink. Use this accent color in draperies or on prints. Fill a vase with magenta-colored blooms and add a special pop of color.

* Blue: Another calming color is blue. It can make a room serene and soothing. Blue is a cool color, which means it can also be used in abundance with little worry. Make a bedroom a quiet retreat with the right shade of blue. Atouch of orange or peach blends well with blue.

* Red: An energizing and dramatic color, red demands attention. It's stimulating and provocative, and some people love an entire room of red. However, to others red can be overwhelming. But red can be used on an accent wall or sparingly to spruce up a neutral color scheme.

* Purple: This color is often relegated to a girl's room, but purple is elegant and regal and can add a touch of romance to a room. Individuals torn over painting with red may want to try the drama of purple, which is a bit more subdued and mysterious.

* Yellow: There are few colors more uplifting than yellow. This hue is reminiscent of a bright, sunny day. A dark house can be brightened by painting a room in a soft shade of yellow that will reflect any visible light. From bedrooms to bathrooms to kitchens, yellow is a versatile, illuminating shade.

* Orange: Another vibrant color is orange. This hue can be captivating and friendly and also brighten up dull spaces. Orange adds energy to a room, so it may not be best for bedrooms or other calming retreats, like a den. Homeowners needn't paint a room pumpkin to get the full effect of orange. More subtle shades, like apricot or terra-cotta, can also add the power of orange.

* Pink: Pink is a romantic color and ultra-feminine. Pink has long considered nothing more than a bedroom color, but when used in the right fashion, it can also add spirited whimsy to a living space.

* Brown: This earthy, wholesome shade is rustic and rich. It can make a large room seem more cozy. It also exudes a feeling of sensuality and durability. Neutral shades of brown are very popular in homes because they can be paired with many other colors, including blue, green and pink.

* White: Some homeowners think the absence of color is ideal. White is fresh, bright and clean. It's also a timeless choice for consumers who can't decide on another color. White goes with just about anything, but if all white seems too sterile, think about mixing white with shades of beige for just a little color.
Experimenting with color can dramatically change the look of any room in the house. Consider using an online room simulator to try out different shades before painting


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