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Complementary Colors Can Bring Compliments For Home Paint Scheme

Complementary Colors Can Bring Compliments For Home Paint Scheme

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February 24, 2010

It's happened to most people. They decide to do some interior painting -- the living room or the kitchen--and no sooner has the paint dried than they reach a grim conclusion. The color they selected doesn't seem to "go" with the rest of the house. Something now seems out of place, discordant.

What's happened is that you've added a color to your interior painting that doesn't fit with your home's overall color scheme. The color clashes with the rest of house, and this throws off the whole sense of harmony in your home.

Interior Painting: Finding Colors That Work

It's no surprise that artists, before they become great painters, often spend a great deal of time studying color. Color has a tremendous impact on how people feel. Certain color combinations, for instance, can be reminiscent of the late 1960s (think avocado green and harvest wheat) or even periods in history, such as colonial America or the Renaissance.

Interior design experts and professional home painters are no different; they have studied color extensively and they understand that the colors they suggest for your interior painting are important. These colors have to reflect your personal tastes, but they also have to work well with other aspects of your house--your furniture, your floors, even the colors outside.

Your home's natural setting should provide your first inspiration for the color scheme--or palette--that you choose to use for your home's interior. If you live in the forest, you might draw on the deep, silvery green of fir trees in your backyard. If you live in the desert, you want interior colors that work with the sienna and burnt oranges and shades of sage you see in the desert.

Explore Painting Services For Variations of Color

If you're uncertain--or if you already have brightly colored floors or furniture--your painting contractor or local painting company might suggest a monochromatic color scheme, which uses one dominant color and then different shades of the same color for trim or adjoining rooms.

If you're more daring, your painting contractor or local painting company might suggest color combinations. This is where the fun begins because there are many theories on what makes colors harmonious. For example:

  • Complementary colors are directly opposite each other on a color wheel, a standard, 12-color circle comprising the primary shades of yellow, blue and red. An example of complementary colors would be red and green. These color contrast with each other but they also "stabilize" each other.
  • Analogous colors are in sequence on the color wheel, such as yellow-green, yellow, and yellow-orange.

Finding the colors that are right for you might take some time, but if you approach it as an adventure, you can have some fun with it. A painting contractor can help you decide what might be best for you and your home.


About the author: Jim Sloan is a freelance writer in Reno, Nevada.
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