Friday, March 18, 2016

Expert Tips on Working with Color

Have you decided the color of your home? Well, before you work with color for your home, let's check these tips out from the experts :

• Rely on a reference for cues. 
A vintage Oriental rug served as the starting point for all of the colors of the upholstery, cushions, and even the art in our living room. When choosing between the dominant and accent colors for the palette, I remembered a tip given to me by New York–based designer Jamie Drake, who suggested using the least prevalent color in the rug as the dominant color on the walls. A curtain fabric, decorative bowl or work of art are also viable starting points for a color palette.

• Consider the context. 
The geographical location of your home and the prevailing colors in the
landscape or other buildings are also good starting points for color choices. In our apartment in India,
for example, we’ve painted one wall in a bedroom a deep pink hue, which looks beautiful in the strong sun. In most parts of the U.S., on the other hand, super-bright colors look out of place.

• Establish balance. 
When mixing colors, artists may use completely different hues, but the
saturation or intensity of the colors is often similar.

• Create a harmonious composition. 
When using two colors in a palette, let one dominateby
employing it through 70 to 80 percent of the scheme and use the other in 20 to 30 percent of the

• Rely on cultural associations. 
Use colors that resonate with cultural associations that are meaningful to you, suggests Sonu Mathew, a color expert and spokeswoman for Benj amin Moore, who notes that most Americans respond positively to shades of red, white and blue. She also says that social media is creating a new platform for color associations. “You can now go to the top of Mount Kilamanjaro through the Internet without leaving your chair,” she says. “This phenomenon is creatingn new communities with different color associations around the world.”


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