• Phina's Color Forecast

    Color Confidence Event Follow-up
    Part I

    The desire to escape the mundane, simple, or chaotic blends of color shades appear to be an on-going trend this year as people came out in numbers to attend our Color Confidence Event- an event all about color: how to get it and use it in your home.

    Color is the least expensive and most dramatic update you can make to the rooms in your home. It has the power to change the shape and size of furnishings as well as the shape and size of the room itself. Therefore, it's important that you select the right color scheme to reflect your mood.

    However, do not let a Color Psychology book decide what's the best color for you.

    Color is emotional. Books always try to tell you how you should feel about a color. It doesn't matter how a book says a color will make you feel, it matters what your heart says. It's important that you ask yourself: what mood do I want to create? Which colors will help me achieve that mood?

    Whether you attended the event or not, here are a few tips and tricks to gaining color confidence as presented by Interior designer and owner of AFP Interiors, April Force Pardoe.

    There are four crucial steps that you must take to maintain a perfect color scheme- every time!

    Step 1: Begin with your inspiration

    Inspiration comes from anywhere. It can come from fabric, an art piece, nature, magazine, or your garden. Once you've chosen your inspiration piece, use it to select the right color.


    Step 2: Select three colors

    Use a color wheel or your inspiration piece to help you find a great color combination. Combine the same three colors throughout the rooms in your home. Keep in mind the feeling you want to create in the room.

    With regards to the color wheel, here are a few words commonly used to describe color:

    Hue: another name for color (referring to the color wheel colors)

    Saturation: how pure a color is

    Value: lightness or darkness of color

    Shade: color and black, creates richer, darker color

    Tint: color and white, de-saturates a color, makes it less intense

    Tone: color and gray, de-saturates a color, may be lighter or darker


    Step 3: Create a combination that breaks into a 60-30-10 ratio combination

    When decorating a particular room, divide the colors into percentages: 60% of a dominant color, 30% of a secondary color, 10% of an accent color. In other words: 60% of the room's color is the walls, 30% of the room's color is the upholstery, 10% of the room's color is, say, an accent piece or a floral arrangement.

    Step 4: Vary color values- within 3 (Optional)
    Vary color values and use color 3 times in a space. The number of color values is purely optional. You can select more than three color values or less than 3. However, we recommend 3.

    Stay tuned for Part II of our color confidence event follow-up: Getting your Palettes Wet.

    Part II of this blog includes a variation of color schemes and finishing touches to your painting adventure. Look out for the blog on October 26th 2014.

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