“Truth is, every period of American architecture has welcomed colorful rooms from the blue-painted hearth of a Colonial Revival to the deep red parlor walls of a Queen Anne to the teal accents of a Craftsman bungalow, there has always been a place for color inside the house. Even in today’s open-plan homes, where kitchens, living rooms, and dining rooms are often one large space, color is used to help define interiors and create focal points in relatively featureless rooms. The trick, of course, is figuring out which colors to use and where to put them. Choosing Color Architecturally” -Designer Susan Sargent
One of the most effective ways to use color to transform a room is to play up its architectural features. Molding, mantels, built-in bookcases, arched doorways, wainscot, windows, and doors all offer an opportunity to add another layer of interest to colored walls. For subtle emphasis painting molding or doorways just one step lighter or darker than the primary wall. It’s a subtle shift in color but it really brings your eye to the detail For a bolder approach, try using two different colors in the same room.
- A room containing wainscot or large trim provides a good opportunity for a contrast between light and dark.
- Consider the ceiling the fifth wall of a room.
- Splash a little of that color into every room of the house
- Once you have your colors consider the finish you’ll be using.
Color Choice Mistakes
- Color courageous? or color cowardly?
If you already live in a colorful interior then you have probaly have gotten over the fear of making a color mistake. The best way to get over that fear is to always start with a color you love ( as explained above) from a rug, a painting, a fabric etc…. Buy a sample of color and then test it on your wall.
- Applying too much color to your walls.
Be aware of the intensity of the colors in a room. If you have a big rug with five or six strong or bold colors don’t paint the walls in equally strong color or hue. Let the rug be the focal point and the walls a lighter color Danbury painting always recommends choosing a lighter color than your first color decision because color all over the wall will be a great change.
- Rushing the color process- Bad, Living with a swatch- Good.
The best way to find a color you can live with is to paint a 4-by-4-foot swatch on the wall and live with it for at least 24 to 48 hours or hell live with it for a week if you can so you can see it in all sorts of light natural and artificial light all different moods all different circumstances. Take the extra time to do the swatch test it will be worth it to find a color you’ll love in the long run
- Don’t Forget about primer.