Cool Colors vs Warm Colors
- Cool colors such as green, purple, blue create relaxed environments and visual calm.
- Warm colors such as red, yellow, orange create energetic, vibrant environments.
Light Colors vs Dark Colors
- Light colors make a room appear larger.
- Dark colors make a room feel smaller.
- Play one darker wall against three lighter ones to make a room feel bigger. Pick the smallest wall for the darker color.
- A light color on a ceiling will make the room seem taller.
- Paint the ceiling one shade lighter than the walls to make the ceiling seem farther away.
- Add space to a small room by bringing the lighter ceiling color down onto the top third of a wall, then add moulding.
- A dark color on a ceiling can bring a tall ceiling closer.
- Dark colors can create sensations of depth when paired with trim painted in the same color but of a different sheen.
Calm Colors versus Energetic Colors
- Cool colors calm and relax rooms.
- Warm colors create energetic rooms.
- Saturated colors like deep brown, dark gray bright spaces inward for calm and cozy effects.
Texture, Patterns, Reflectivity
- Adding texture can create a ‘bridge’ between colors.
- Glossy paint creates reflectivity, making small rooms seem larger.
- Patterns that play well with all parts of a color scheme can act as a bridge between main color and accents.
- Frantic patterns can diminish a small space.
- Neutral colors include
- Taupe (gray + beige)
- Neutral colors give the eye both a rest and direction.
- Some neutral colors may not work with your color scheme. While a green tint is technically a neutral, it is not a neutral that plays well with all color schemes.