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  • Getting Your Palettes Wet

    Color Confidence Event Follow-up
    Part II

    Last week we featured Part I of our Color Confidence Follow-up: Phina's Color Forecast- a blogthat included 4 crucial steps that you must take to maintain a perfect color scheme- every time!

    Those steps included:

    Step 1. Begin with your inspiration

    Step 2. Select three colors to use throughout the room in your home

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

    Step 4. Vary color values- within 3

    Now that you've followed those four crucial steps, it's time to get your palettes wet!

    Color schemes are easy ways to pair colors. Here are a few color schemes often used in houses.

    1. Monochromatic color scheme: tints and shades of the same color


    2. Complementary color scheme: two colors opposite each other on the color wheel.


    3. Split complementary color scheme: use colors on either side of your color's complement.


    4. Analogous color scheme: consecutive colors on the color wheel; use one more prominently than the others (60-30-10)



    5. Triad color scheme: any three colors equally spaced on the wheel; vary proportions (60-30-10)

    Now that you've decided which color scheme you're about to follow, it's time to hit the paint store.

    Finishing Touches:


     

    Sheens

    Flat/matte: creates a reflection-free surface; diffuses light, so hides imperfections better than higher sheen finishes. Comes in washable options

    Eggshell: has a slight sheen that makes it more dirt-resistant and washable than flat paint. Good in bathrooms

    Satin: considered the most versatile because its rich velvety surface has good scruff resistance and scrubability

    Semi-gloss: has a slightly glossy appearance. It is a good choice for areas that get heavy use and need frequent scrubbing or in high-moisture areas. However, it shows imperfections. Good for doors

    Gloss: has a wet appearance and accents every surface irregularity or imperfection. Gloss is great for trim work, cabinets, banisters, door frames and window sills.

     

    Just So You Know:
    Part of picking color is knowing how you want it for you to feel. Use your inspiration piece to select the right color.  Inspiration can come from anywhere: fabric, art, clothing, nature, magazines. Picking a wall color should always come last when designing your room. (It has the most color selections). 

     

    Never paint the entire room until you're entirely sure you'll like it. Try painting a strip of your wall and view it around the clock. Change the lighting and getting a feel for it.


    When selecting colors, avoid strong contrast to make a room seem larger. Lower contrasts makes a room seem bigger, not lighter colors. Light colors make a room feel 'light'. When it comes to accent walls, warm and dark colors advance a room; cool and light colors recede it. 

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