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Talking about Tints: Interior Decoration Color Schemes

Color is considered by many to be the most important of the interior design elements. Color can create moods, make a room appear bigger or make a room appear colder or warmer. It is a powerful interior decorating tool. This article will give you some hints on how you can easily select the best colors for your interior decorating project and how to decorate with color.

Color is a fascinating subject. Did you know – the most popular car colors are the least safe?  Ancient Greek temples were originally brightly painted? The apparent length of a committee meeting can depend on the colors used to decorate the room it is held in? These facts indicate the power of color and why it is important to select the right color.

Colors are basically light or dark, warm or cool. Light and cool colors tend to recede (when used on the walls of a room they can make the walls appear to move out) and can make a room appear bigger. Dark and warm colors appear to advance into a room and can make a room appear smaller.

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Decorating with Color

When you are selecting a color for a room there are three main things you need to consider. The first one is the aspect of the room. This is the position of the room in relate to the sun. Does the room face the sun or not. Rooms that get a lot of sunlight can appear hot. Rooms that get little or no sunlight can appear cool. If you want a room that gets a lot of sunlight to appear cooler then use cool colors from the green or blue family of colors. If you have a room that gets no sunlight and you want it to appear warmer then use warm colors from the red, yellow orange family.

The second consideration is your personal preference. The color selected should suit your personality. If your favorite color is blue but the room you are decorating appears cool using your favorite color could create a problem. Blue could make a room a room that gets no sun appear cool. To overcome this challenge you could use a warm color (for example orange) tinted to appear nearly neutral on the walls. Then use your favorite blue color in other items in the room.

All colors can be tinted. To create a tint of a color all you need to do is add white. Tinted colors have white added to make them appear lighter. The third thing to consider when selecting colors for a room is the size and shape of the room. If the room is small light colors can make it appear bigger. If a room is large warm colors can make it appear smaller. If the room is very long and narrow the short walls can be painted in a darker or warmer color than the color used on the longer walls. This will make to shorter walls appear to advance into the room in comparison to the longer walls, making the room appear shorter and wider.

Test your color schemes on our interior design moodboard editor now to see which colors are best to use for different parts of the room.

Author: Rosena MacFadzean for SampleBoard.com