The colour of a room can create harmony, or a feeling of unease. If there is a sense of calm when you walk into a room, chances are that colour has something to do with it. And if something doesn’t quite feel right, but you can’t put your finger on it, colour might have something to do with that too.
Choosing a balanced colour scheme will foster a sense of harmony and connect one room to another with a seamless flow. But choosing those colours can be a daunting task. Fortunately, paint manufacturers have made the job easier with online tools and coordinating colour palettes to suit every architectural and personal style.
The experts at Benjamin Moore offer these tips to help you select a colour scheme that will work in your home:
- An easy way to create colour flow is to use lighter and darker shades of the same colour throughout your home. Consider how you’d like to see these colours transition from room to room. A fan deck colour selector is an indispensable tool for helping you choose these shades.
- Create continuity by selecting hues with similar undertones. If you love reds with blue undertones, look for other colours with blue undertones.
- Look to existing furnishings for colour inspiration. Pick up colours from fabrics, artwork, or a favourite accessory and use them in different rooms throughout your home.
- Choose between three and five favourite colours, and then alternate the primary, secondary, and accent colours for each room. For example, perhaps the main wall colour in one room becomes the ceiling colour in another and an accent colour in another. You can also use wall stencils, pillows, lampshades, or window treatments to carry these colours from room to room. Select one or two colours that all your rooms will share.
The Benjamin Moore website features coordinating colour palettes, as well as an online colour viewer that enables you to upload a photo of your room to see how different colours will look. Visit www.benjaminmoore.ca for details.
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