Introduction to Paint Colour

As a painting contractor, the most common question we hear from clients is: “What color should I choose?” This is a very good question indeed! After all, it is a decision that they will have to live with for a very long time, and a lot of people struggle with it.

It is generally understood that color combinations that appear pleasing are made up of colours considered to be in harmony, or agree with each other. Colours that do not agree with each other, or that clash, are not in harmony.We always start with the main color – the colour of the wall. What will your wall color be? Well, look around. 

What colours are other homes in your neighbourhood painted? Do you like them? Look at the clothes inside your closet. Seriously, this may give you a clue as to your color preference because color associations are very personal.Some colours will already be established for you by things such as the color of your roof, shrubbery and the color of buildings next door. 

Your color selection does not need to be wholly determined by those other colours but it should not clash with them either. The color of your furnishings can guide you in the selection of interior paint colours. Once again, your goal is to harmonize. Once you have your main color, you can apply some easy rules and formulas to create a harmonious color scheme. 

One way to come up with a harmonious color is to use contrasting (lighter or darker) versions of your main color. Another good way to add a colour to your scheme is through the use of a complementary color, found with the help of a color wheel.The color wheel is a tool that can be used to help you think about color. It is basically a circle of colours represented in the color spectrum. 

The basic color wheel is laid out so that the primary colours (red, yellow and blue) are divided by secondary colours (orange, green and violet). Complementary colours are direct opposites and lie directly opposite each other on the color wheel.

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