Color Selection

The definition of color:  The quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object usually determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation and brightness of the reflected light.

Choosing a color can be more complicated than the definition itself.  Hopefully this will help to simplify the process.  Color should be harmonious within the home.  It should be pleasing to the eye.  The problem, or challenge, is that everyone has a different opinion about this.  I tell all my customers who ask for help choosing colors, “This is my opinion, you have to look at your walls all day.”   Color choices should engage the viewer and create an inner sense of order and balance.  When colors are not harmonious they are either very boring or very chaotic.  This will either put you to sleep or make you feel like leaving (which might be helpful, depending on who you are entertaining….).  There has to be a good “mother-in-law” joke in there somewhere….

There are basically four color schemes to help you make your choice:

  1.  Monochromatic:  Color schemes that use tints and shades of the same color.  The effect of a monochromatic scheme can be subtle when using a soft color, or, dramatic and daring when using a bold or rich hue.
  2. Complementry:  Color schemes that include 2 colors that oppose eachother on the color wheel.  “Opposites attract,” so its no surprise that complementry colors are pleasing to the eye.  Complementry colors enhance each others temperature and interest and energy to the decor.
  3. Analogous:  Color schemes that use consecutive colors on the color wheel, one color being used more prominently than the other two.  This method creates a soothing and tonal richness within the living space
  4. Triad:  Color schemes that include any 3 colors equally spaced on the color wheel used in various proportions.  This creates a harmonious colorful living area that is sophisticated.

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