Color Decor

Create the feel that you want – choose your own colour scheme. What colours will you pick for which room? Decide for yourself but keep in mind these simple rules.

Size/Shape of a Room :
Use paint tricks to make your room bigger or smaller. Light colours like pales and pastels lend space to a small room – they are airy and seem to “fade” the walls into a distance and “stretch” a low ceiling upwards. Bold colours are friendly and bring objects closer to create a cozy feel. Contrast and match – square up a long narrow room by painting the short walls in a bold colour and the long walls in a neighboring pastel.

Lighting :
Do you have a lot of light in your room, natural or artificial? Cut down on glare by using dark shades. If you live in a warm climate, plan your colour scheme around the colours of water and trees. Low-lit spaces need sunshine or warm shades to brighten them up.

Function :
You relate to your bedroom and your office in different ways. But whether you are at home or work, too many random colours in a scheme can be overpowering. While intense shades are bold and fun, they should be used to accent or punctuate neutral but cheerful colours. For instance a bold green can be teamed with a lighter yellow.

Furniture & Furnishings :
Keep your furniture colour in mind – wood is also a colour! If you want to scale down a bulky sofa, put it against a wall of exactly the same shade. If you want to show it off, put it against a contrasting wall. To blend and yet preserve its identity, set it off against a colour with yellow tones – lime or yellow beige. Shades of white on walls can take the widest range of furnishings. On the other hand, light coloured furniture allows for the use of deep colours on walls.