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Colors and Surroundings...An overview

Over the last two blogs, we’ve been covering how to create different elements and effects using colors and surroundings. The perfect color changes the mood of a room and adds the appropriate impressions you want while the furniture in your space compliments and balances the overall style. Before we jump into tying lightning to colors and your surroundings, let’s take a quick moment to revisit what different colors mean…

White: Use white paint when you want a room to feel clean, pure or innocent.

Yellow: When you paint with yellow, your room will feel happy and fresh. This color is ideal for spaces that will bring out your optimism, clarity and enlightenment.

Orange: If you’re looking for brightness, joy, and creativity, chose the color orange. This color brings out the essence of sunshine, unlike the color yellow.

Red: For an intense and dramatic feel, you would want to use shades of red in your spaces. Red is associated with love, passion, fire, strength and war.

Green: Are you creating a space that reflects harmony and nature? Use green! The color green promotes growth, renewal and curiosity.

Purple: Do you seek the feeling of luxury and power? For centuries, purple has represented royalty and nobility. As a paint color, purple can literally transform a room in a matter of minutes.

Blue: Connected to depth and stability, blue builds harmony between the mind and body. If you’re in need of a tranquil and serene space, blue is the color you would want to use.

Black: The color black is reserved for serious, mysterious and formal settings that require elegance.

Combining colors together as both dominates and accents is only the beginning; your room will become your ideal space once you mix in elements from your surroundings. As you think about your paint colors, keep in mind the balance between the mood of your walls and the patterns in the rest of the room. The key elements around surroundings are the purpose of the room, the strength of layering, and the style of your floorings. But it doesn’t stop there.

Turning The Lights On…

Paint and surroundings can change, completely, depending on the different type of lighting in your room. There are two major forms of lighting to consider: natural and artificial.

Natural Light

Natural light affects paint colors quite a bit. The position of the sun, and the location of windows, will dictate the shadow entering and moving across the room (your paint color). Shadows add depth to darker paint colors while light colors seem dull or less vibrant. The best way to create the right color shades in natural light is to choose shades that will complement the shadows casted into the room. We recommend doing a few test spots of the paint shades throughout the room and seeing how changes in light affect the color. Then decide how you should adjust: lightening up darker parts of the room, if that is your goal.

Artificial Lighting

Unlike natural lighting, you can change how artificial light affects your paint colors by simply changing a bulb. The three types of artificial lighting are incandescent, fluorescent, and halogen. Incandescent lighting adds a warm, yellow light to the room. This lighting brings out bright colors like yellow, red and orange. Fluorescent lighting has the opposite effect. This lighting gives off a blue hue, which enhances colors like blue, green, and purple. Halogen bulbs are considered “neutral” when it comes to the color scheme. This type of lighting mimics natural sunlight.

Bringing It All Together…

Creating an impression in your room is a mixture of wall colors, furniture, and lighting. Keep in mind what moods you want your space to have and how each style balances out the theme. Then, add a touch of lighting, and you’ll bring together your home or office in no time!

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