Colour Tips

The only way to accurately select suitable paint colours is to test swatches on the walls to be painted. The way a colour reacts is dependent largely on light, which can change a colour drastically, either animating it by warming it up or by softening it with a subtle bluish cast to cool it down. Colour is also affected by other surfaces in the room it reflects off.

Considerations in choosing colour.

Nature conditions us to expect:

  • The darkest value at our feet
  • The medium value at eye level
  • The lightest value above us

Avoid monotony.

Treat the eye and psyche to at least moderate variety. Visual stimulus or relief is vital. To create interest and contrast consider the following:

  • Warm and cool colours
  • Light and dark
  • Bright and dull
  • Smooth and textured

In most successful colour schemes, one colour is dominant, one is subordinate, and one is for accent or trim. Avoid clashes. Your eye and gut will know! If you grit your teeth or get a knot in your stomach, don’t use it!

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