Color is one of the most impactful elements in a residence. One source says that color accounts for more than 60 percent of our response to a place (HGTV). Calm and relaxed, or energetic and productive? Quiet or social? Time to rest, or time to play? Color has the power to completely alter the emotions someone experiences while being in a certain room or home. So, naturally, choosing paint colors for your house is critical to creating a space you will love.
Where do you start? In this blog series, we’ll break it down for you so that finding your perfect paint colors will be a breeze. This week, we’ll explain many of the terms and concepts used when talking about paint and color.
Learning the Lingo
Hue is the name of a color. It can actually be synonymous with color. The hue is red or blue or yellow. This is the color in it’s most pure form.
Value is how light or dark the hue is. Light will mean there is more white added to the color (tint), and dark will mean there is more black added to the color (shade).
This is not to be confused with saturation, which is how dominant the hue is (remember, this would be the purest form of the color). Red would be the saturated color, but as you move toward pink the hue is becoming less dominant and therefore de-saturated.
Complimentary Colors are two colors which are directly across from each other on the color wheel (a tool used in decorating). These colors are distinctly opposites. For example, red and green are complimentary colors. They are opposites, yet they compliment one another. In this case, opposites do attract.
Warm Colors are those on the left of the color wheel. These are the reds, yellows and oranges. In decorating, these colors tend to be bolder and more dramatic. The alternative is Cool Colors, which are on the right of the color wheel. These are the blues, greens and purples. These colors tend to be more calming and discrete. The temperature of the color determines the mood of the room. Mixing warm and cool colors in a space can add excitement as well! This would be an example of utilizing complimentary colors.
A Color Palette is a collection of colors put together in a combination that works together to create a mood and look for a space. You can find palettes already put together online or in-stores, or you can create your own!
The terminology discussed in this article is a starting point for choosing the perfect color scheme for your home. Each of these items are factors to be considered and understood when choosing a paint palette. Without this knowledge-base, it is difficult to explore options and get creative while creating a space you love!
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