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Choosing Colors Based on Paint Chips

Jul 17, 2008
When decorating your room you need to pay special attention to the colors that you use in the room. The design colors used on the walls can make a lot of difference to the overall appearance of the room. So how can you do this, well there are a number of good ways to choose the right colors for different rooms.

Listen to Family

When you are choosing colors you cannot choose whatever you like and simply assume that everyone else will love it. Design and colors are two very personal things. You must make sure you talk to everyone in your family to make sure that they like the colors that you are deciding to use.

Wall color is very important, it is very unlikely that everyone in your family will have the same opinion. You will have to make compromises somewhere. If there is a lot of conflict then start by making a list of people in your family and the colors that they like. Try to identify any similarities or if any of the colors can be used together and combined.

If you can?t choose just one color then you could consider using complementary colors to paint the room. You could for example paint the room using stripes of different colors that work well together, rather than just block color. The walls should be painted darker than the ceiling to prevent the room looking top heavy. You can work out whether the colors will work well together using paint chips to compare. If you like the color combination then why not use it?

The Rest of the Room

For the rest of the room you should choose colors that are complimentary to the wall color. You might want to choose furniture and rugs that tie in nicely with the rest of the colors in the room. You might want to use contrasting colors to add some drama. If you are nervous about using too much color then you could consider painting just a single feature wall in your chosen color. This should then become the focal point of the room.

Color can make your room bigger

When you are choosing the colors for interior design you need to understand that color does affect the size of your room. If you use lots of dark colors then this can make your room look a lot smaller. Light colors have the opposite effect and make the room look much bigger. You should paint the ceiling lighter so that the ceiling looks higher. Dark colors make it seem very low.

It can be a scary task to choose a design color to use on walls, however it can be done. If you spend enough time thinking about it and consult with your family then you should be able to find a color that everyone is happy with.
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Rob Carlton writes mainly for http://www.curtains-drapes-coverings.com , a web publication on types of window valances and window valances. His work on types of window valances and valance topics for window curtains are found on his website .
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