I have been a student of color theory since 1986, and I still consider myself a student. I have used color as a fine artist, in packaging for Walt Disney products, in clothing for gift shops, and in countless rooms – and it still surprises me from time to time.
Many design shows promote painting swatches on a colored wall to choose color! If paint colors were people, advertisers would be thrilled. Color is the most easily influenced component of visual language (which includes color, shape and form). If you base color choice on a test patch of turquoise painted on a taupe wall, brace yourself. Remember – you are painting out the taupe.
This influence is so profound, that if you paint the same green beside a brighter and lighter green and a magenta, the you will see the identical green swatches appear to become 2 different greens.
Large test areas of color are preferable to tiny chips, but first create a larger white background and separate your test colors by no less than 3 inches. White is amongst the least influential colors, and will allow you to accurately visualize the end result.
Light also influences color. Never, ever choose a color in the paint store! You need only turn your back on the paint sample display lighting to see what I mean. If you are feeling timid about painting samples on your wall, buy a paint test sheet at your Benjamin Moore dealer or double coat flat pieces of card board with your favorite colors (you will need to coat your cardboard first with primer, or gesso for an accurate result). Live with these paint colors from morning through night – color changes with lighting throughout the day.
Pick your color based on what you own, unless you are changing your furnishings. This sounds obvious, but I have seen regret from going with your heart rather than the sofa.
It’s only paint and you can re do it – but your free time is probably at a premium. Prepping to paint can take 3 x longer than painting. If you really love a particular color or colors, change out your accessories to bring in colors you love. One reliable tip is to choose accessories (pillows, panels, lamp shades) in vivid solid colors you love. Mix with patterns that include these solid color(s) and the colors of your largest upholstered furniture piece as the least prominent color in the pattern. Base your wall color on the analogous color family of that largest upholstered furniture piece.
If you are color phobic and have neutral walls and furnishings, making your statement with some well-placed accessories with strong accent colors, and fabrics with large open pattern will offer romance with color without having to marry 4 walls of it. Keeping walls neutral allows for seasonal rotation of accessories that will keep your design fresh.
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