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Creating With Color
This is my site Written by Garett@EW on June 4, 2010 – 3:43 PM

Step 1: Finding a Color Scheme
Step 2: Choosing Color
Step 3: Factors that Influence the Use of Color
Step 4: Three Basic Elements to Color
Step 5: General Categories of Color

Step 1: Finding a Color Scheme

choosing color

If you feel helpless when it comes to picking and blending
colors, your answer could be as far away as your nearest
pillow.  Here is a quick way to create a color scheme for your
home with PICK – SEE -LMD .

PICK a Pattern: Starting with a pattern is the easiest
way to create a color palette for your decor. Choose a pattern
from any object you already have and love such as a pillow,
picture or piece of furniture. This will be your color palette !

SEE 3 Colors: Select a light, medium and
dark color from your pattern to be used as your foundation. You
may want to go to a hardware store and select color chips from
the paint department that match your pattern to carry with you
in case you come across a great find and need to know if it
matches.

LMD: Light, Medium and Dark – How you use
these colors can affect the overall appearance of your room.

a)
Light- Is the Background- this is usually easy
to achieve since most rentals are equipped with light to
off-white walls.

b)
Medium- Large furniture and windows - Since the
color of these objects will blend with the above lighter
selection, the medium furniture will ground the room and
give it a foundation.

c)
Darker- Accessories. Since your eye is drawn to
a darker more intense color you will be able to arrange you
accessories in a manner to guide the eye flowing through
your room.

Step 2:
Choosing Color

color pencils

  • Choosing the right
    colors is the first step to great looking room.  It is not so
    easy to select the right color of paint or wallpaper or the
    right carpet color to deliver the best desired results.  All too
    often, a color that looks ideal on a small paint sample erupts
    into a totally different color when you apply it to a wall.  A
    subdued light champagne yellow paint color turns into a
    screaming lemon yellow on the walls, an olive carpet winds up
    brownish in color, and a very light tint of any paint color
    turns out white.   Design colors in an office space must also be
    mindful of the mood they will convey.  Some studies have shown
    that colors can play a significant role in how we feel and the
    energy we have throughout the day.

    The practitioners of color therapy teach that people can have
    emotional and physical responses to color. For example, colors
    that are light or cool recede from the eye while dark or warm
    colors make a room feel less expansive. Our perceptions of size,
    weight, and temperature can also be influenced by color schemes.

    Sometimes called chromotherapy or chromodynamics, color
    therapy involves applying light and color in an effort to
    stabilize emotions, mind, spirit, or body. This balance is
    demonstrated by the positive and negative aspects related to
    each color meaning.

    Here are some of the
    commonly accepted mental and physical connotations of colors:

    Red

    Positive – passion, love, excitement, fire, strength,
    courage.

    Negative – anger, war, danger.

    Effects – increased respiration, blood pressure, appetite,
    and metabolism.

    Orange

    Positive – happiness, endurance,
    stimulation, enthusiasm, determination, attraction.

    Negative – heat.

    Effects – increased mental activity,
    appetite, and energy.

    Yellow

    Positive – cheerfulness, sunshine, energy,
    joy, intelligence,honor.

    Negative – deception, cowardice, caution.

    Effects – increased mental activity,
    awareness, and energy.

    Blue

    Positive – tranquility, loyalty, truth, depth,
    confidence, trust, sincerity, expertise, masculinity.

    Negative – depression, solemnity, coldness.

    Effects – increased calm and satisfaction.

    Green

    Positive – safety, nature, restfulness, growth,
    fertility, harmony, newness, security,money; power, wealth, dignity,royalty,                luxury, magic,
    wisdom, drama, mystery,ambition, creativity, femininity.

    Negative – greed, envy, jealousy, ignorance; snobbery, gloominess.

    Effects
    – improved healing and relaxation; increased creativity and intuition.

    White

    Positive – cleanliness, innocence, purity,
    kindness, light, simplicity.

    Negative – chilliness, sterility, emptiness.

    Effects – increased sense of sophistication and
    sanitation.

    Black

    Positive – formality, night, elegance, mystery, prestige,
    power.

    Negative – evil, death, fear, grief, depression.

    Effects – increased sense of sophistication and depth.

    Gray

    Positive – wisdom, atonement, intelligence, industry,
    futuristic.

    Negative – dreariness, storminess, boredom.

    Effects – increased sense of sophistication and calm.

  • Step 3:
    Factors that Influence the Use of Color

    color schemes
    Here are some factors influencing the use of color in space
    design:

    a) The time of day the area will be used the most.

    b) The type of light it will receive.

    c) The relation of colors surrounding it.

    d) The size of the area.

    e) The purpose of the space.

    Color and light go
    hand in hand in designing your room.  Each type of light bulb
    furnishes a different color accentuation.  Halogen is very close
    to the full spectrum of sunlight while incandescent lamps are on
    the warm, orange scale.  Fluorescent lamps are usually more blue
    (though some are called full-spectrum).  It is important to see
    your color choice in the lamps to be used.  Each will show the
    color in a different way.

    Step
    4:  Three Basic Elements to Color

    color elements
    Here are the three basic elements to color and interior design:

    a) Hue – the color itself – Blue, Red,
    Green, Yellow, etc.

    b) Value – the relative lightness or
    darkness of a color, whiteness or blackness.

    c) Intensity – the saturation or
    brightness of a color.

    The mixture of these design elements induces psychological
    and emotional reactions. Surrounding colors support various
    moods and activities, from resting and dreaming to socializing
    and working.  It’s best to consider carefully the requirements
    of the space to create a successful design.

    Step
    5:  General Categories
    of Color

    general color
    Colors fall into three general categories:

    a) Warm

    b) Cool

    c) Neutral

    The way we mix those colors along with attention to
    value, can enhance the use of color in design and
    communicate explicit messages.

    a):  Warm colors in design convey excitement and
    energy:  red, orange, and yellow.

    b)  Cool colors are calming and relaxing:  blue,
    green, and violet.

    c)  Neutral colors are unifying and help us
    focus better:  white, black, and gray.

    Different spaces within a home or office may need
    different colors depending on the purpose of the space.
    Design colors in the office can be essential to the
    image and mood that is created thus helping productivity
    and enriching aesthetics.

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