Color accounts for sixty percent of our response to an object or a place. The buzz about color is usually called color psychology. The effects of color are subtle and significant. Color can be connected to our moods.
Start small. If your not sure where to begin with color start in like a bathroom, powder room, or accent wall. If your doing your own painting, pick an area that is quick to do. To get started, select a favorite color drawn from artwork, rug, dishes, or an accessory as a main or accent color.
Think about your mood. When selecting a color think about the mood of a room. In the bedroom you want something restful not super energetic. Soft cool colors and neutrals often achieve this effect. In a dining area you want something sociable and stimulating. Try adding warm contrasting colors, like a deeper blue-green. In a kid's room add energy by using intense bight hues.
Pay Attention to Lighting. Paint stores have light boxes to test paint chips for a reason. Natural light shows the truest color. Incandescent light brings out warm tones and yellows. Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone. Make sure you choose a color that works with the lighting type you have.
Test Your Color Choice. Check to make sure you love a color before doing all the work in painting a room by testing it on a poster board or large area of a wall before doing the whole room. Tinted ceilings can dramatically change the whole look of a room.
Add depth with decorative finishes. Transform flat dull walls int o interesting spaces with subtle visual textures and broken color. Burnished mineral/metal finishes and layered colored glazes add depth.
Walk into another room. Consider walls as planes of color, see how they interact together. Think about approaching it as a composition where all the colors work in harmony and melodically together. So as you're choosing colors, consider how they will flow from room to room to create a picture.
Play up monochromatic schemes. Create bold or subtle variations within one group with contrasting paint finishes. Use closely related colors for walls and trim in one space. For an accent color, select a warmer or cooler color to complement your main color group. For a quieter ambience, make sure your colors are not extremely bright.
Choose different paint finishes. A single color applied in different finishes can work very differently in the same space. Wall and trim colors can remain the same hue but use eggshell finish on walls and satin or semigloss on trim. The colors will appear slightly differnet on each surface.