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Decorating Made Simple

Introduction
 

Decorating Made Simple

Decorating Made Simple

The world of color and home decorating is a vast one. This brochure can help you in your quest to innovate and decorate by providing you with the basics in color and color combinations.

Whether you're sprucing up the dining room for the holidays or preparing the nursery for that new addition, most decorating projects start with a particular location or a special occasion in mind. Having identified the space, the next step is to identify a source of inspiration upon which to build your palette. Inspiration comes from fashion, nature and art. Assemble items that appeal to you, whether they are fabric swatches, paint chips or photos cut from a magazine.

Are you drawn to the warm hues of reds and yellows? Or do you find blues and greens feel better to you? If you're worried about missing the latest "trend" just remember what fashion designer Yves St. Laurent once said. "Fashion fades, style is external." Don't forget, it's your space; you have to feel comfortable in it.

The Color Wheel
 
The Color Wheel
     

Warm Colors

The color wheel can be divided into half, with warm colors on one side and cool colors on the other. Warm colors like red, yellow and orange tend to heat up a room.

Warm Colors

The Color Wheel

Cool Colors

Cool colors like blue, green and violet are quiet and tranquil colors. They are best used in rooms that call for relaxation and calm. Use cool colors in bedrooms, dens and nurseries.

Cool Colors

     

Color Terms

Hue - Hue is simply another word for color. It is the quality that distinguishes one color family from another.

Shade - Shade can indicate any color or hue mixed with black or gray.

Tint - Tint is any color mixed with white paint; a light color.

Value - Value is the relative lightness or darkness of a color.

Temperature - Temperature is a color's perceived sense of warmth or coolness in relation to the specific color and the colors around it.

Chroma - The brightness or darkness of a color is its intensity (chroma). If a color is intense, it is bright and pure. Low intensity colors are subdued and contain more gray.

Undertones - The subtle underlying color of a hue is its undertone.

Lighting & Ambiance
 
Lighting & Ambiance
     

Direct sunlight exposes the colors in a room, showing their natural form, without any additional warmth or coolness. Indirect sunlight tends to make colors appear warmer than they are. Artificial light can cause colors to appear warm or cool. Incandescent and halogen lights induce a warm look, while fluorescent lights create a cool look.

Rooms with less direct sunlight tend to be cool. Warm light is more common for south facing rooms. Color can help balance the feeling of temperature in a room; use warm colors in north facing rooms and cool colors in south facing rooms.

 

It's all about creating illusions with color. For example: light, cool colors expand the sense of space; dark, warm colors give the impression of contracting a space. Similiarly, subtle colors make a room seem spacious, while more intense colors have been thought to make a room seem smaller. Other factors including the quality and quantity of the light a room receives can limit these visual effects.

A color's appearance is also influenced by the colors around it. White may appear warmer when placed next to red or cooler when placed with blue. Complementary colors, colors that appear opposite one another on the color wheel, tend to enhance one another.

Color Harmony   Color Harmony   Color Harmony   Color Harmony   Color Harmony   Color Harmony
Monachromatic   Complementary   Triadic   Analogous   Split Complement   Double Complement
A scheme that uses one hue in combination with any of its tints, tones or shades.   A scheme using colors directly opposite or nearly opposite on the color wheel.   A scheme that includes any three equally spaced colors on the color wheel.   A scheme that uses two or three related colors that lie next to each other on the color wheel.   A scheme that uses the hues to the left and right of a color.   A scheme that uses two complementary schemes in one room.

Monochromatic Colors
 

Monochromatic Colors

Complementary Colors
 

Complementary Colors

Triadic Colors
 
Triadic Colors
Analogous Colors
 
Analogous Colors
 
Split Complement
 
Split Complement Colors
 
Double Complement
 
Double Complement Colors
 
Warm
 
Warm Colors
 
Cool Colors
 
Triadic Colors
 
Bright Colors
 
Bright Colors
 
Neutral Colors
 
Neutral Colors
 

 

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