Paint Colors - How to Choose Wall Paints and Room Colors

Wall paint is hands down one of the easiest ways to change the entire look of your home. A simple change in paint colors can energize your rooms and create a totally new decorating style. More people agonize over finding perfect wall colors than the perfect sofa.
Let's begin with a few terms that describe color;Hue is what we call a color. Red is the hue; blue is the hue. The value of the hue is how light or dark it is.Shading a color is adding black.Saturation is how strong the hue or color is; from blue to baby blue.
Intensity – Pure colors like red are more intense than color combinations like yellow and green.
Tinting a color is adding white – think pink or baby blue.Tone is adding gray.
Even if the color you choose is less than perfect you can always add white, black or gray and create a new color that suits you and your rooms more appropriately. Remember, even if it looks great on paper, finding the perfect paint colors is a process.
When we fall head over heels for a color in a magazines we generally focus on the walls. That's only half the story. To create a room that flows, consider your floor color and texture. Carpets and rugs in their many shapes, sizes and colors will affect your look as will wooden floorboards, which can be honey-colored, cherry, or ebony, limed unless you're planning to replace them, or paint them.

Christine - Decorated Life
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