Shades of JOY!

Smart tips to ease the nerve-wrecking task of choosing the perfect colour for your home…

Like most life-changing decisions, choosing the perfect paint for your walls is a daunting task. With so many colours, shades and tints, being overwhelmed is perfectly natural.

MOOD MAKING

Ask yourself the most important question of this whole painting exercise. How do you want to feel in this room? Do you want your bedroom to be warm and cosy or would you rather have a cool and breezy feel? Soft, neutrals and cool colours have a tendency to create quieter, calmer feelings, while stronger colours add drama to a space!

Bright, warm and contrasting colours create a sociable ambiance, while blue-greens and neutrals have a formal aura to them. For instance, you might want to turn your living room into an high activity centre with tons of energy, for which brighter hues are a go-to. But remember not to overdo this as bright colours also tend to make one feel irritable and uneasy.

LIGHT MATTERS

Light plays an integral role in how we see and perceive colours. Natural daylights show you the truest colour. Fluorescent bulbs bring out the blues, while incandescent ones bring out the yellows. Pay careful attention to the lighting in the room that needs a paint job. For a wall adjacent to a bay window, a very bright colour is best avoided as it might tend to overpower. The same colour might work wonders when used as an accent wall, which receives indirect light.

COLOUR TERMS

Understanding colour terminology is very essential when you are trying to communicate with your interior designer or paint company

Hue is another way of saying colour

Saturation means how dominant a colour is. Eg: Going from red to pink, red becomes less dominant.

Intensity talks about the brilliance of a colour. An intense colour has more dominant hue. Pure colours like blue or red are more intense than green-blue or pink-orange.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Remember the basics… More intense colours create more active spaces. For a light coloured room, go for colours more saturated than light pastel. When used on all the walls of a room, even a very light hue can feel stark and bright. When two or more medium-light colours that are closely related to pastels are used in the same room, a luminous feeling is a created.

T FOR TEXTURE

Bored of die same old flat paint job? Go on and experiment, girl! Dramatise your walls with some texture. Paint companies offer tons of texture and finishes that will lend character to your once-dull wall. But special effects, just like in the movies, are ideal when not overdone.

COLOUR FLOWS

While picking the colours for different rooms, consider how they interact with each other. In most houses, we can see portions of the adjacent rooms. Walk from room to room and imagine the flow of colours.

WHEEL WISE

The colour wheel is often defined as a visual representation of colours arranged according to their chromatic relationships. As a reference tool, it is marvellously helpful to identify two or more colours. Stare and study a colour wheel and you’ll end up being introduced to new and fascinating colour palettes.

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