By Anne Roselt – anneroselt.com
Colour manager for Plascon
Taking the time to choose a colour scheme and colours that reflect your lifestyle will go a long way to creating a happy and healthy environment for years to come.
- Keep a record of Inspiration
We are surrounded by inspiration every day. Keeping a record of images and colours that inspire will give you a clear picture of your taste and style preferences. Every few months when the time comes to clear out my magazine collection, I go through each of them, taking out the images that inspire me. I keep a file of the images by room and when I am ready to paint I always refer back to these. Pinterest and Instagram allow us to do this digitally and are also great sources of inspiration.
A lot of work on what the latest paint colours are and how to use them can be found in the plascon Colour Forecast as ell as Spaces Magazine.
- Decide on the Mood or Atmosphere you want to create.
Colour is the most important design element in creating the mood and atmosphere of a space. That is because colour has energy whether you like that colour or not.
Generally when we walk into a red room we feel excited and our blood pressure rises, so reds, oranges and yellows are recommended for areas where you want to create a friendly, sociable and energetic atmosphere.
When we walk into a blue room we feel more calm and relaxed, these colours work well where you want to create a more peaceful and intuitive atmosphere.
Decide how you want to feel when you and your family are in the room and let that point you in the direction of the colours to select.
You can read more about the energy of different colours in the blog post on Colour Therapy.
- Consider the Size and Temperature of the Space.
Cool colours like gentle blues and greens recede making a room appear larger than it is, warm colours with a red undertone advance and make a room appear smaller.
Be aware that colours can affect the temperature of a space. If a room is hot, painting it red, yellow or orange will add to the heat in the room, rather select a cooler colour and vice versa.
- Create a Mood board
If you are unsure about what colour to choose, creating a mood board will help enormously. Think of it as the vision you have for your home.
On the mood board, place your inspirational images, then be sure to add colour samples or actual samples of the items you cannot replace. For example – the colour of the flooring, samples of the fabrics in the room, if you have a piece of artwork and are inspired by that – take a photo of it and add it to the moodboard.
Once you have this and have taken the other considerations into account you can start to add paint swatch samples and it will become clear which colour will work best with everything.
- Balance your Scheme
Balance cool colour schemes with some warm colours – for example; if a blue scheme is looking too cold and unwelcoming introduce some red, orange or yellow accents to balance and warm the scheme. Vice versa for a warm scheme.
Some of the most popular colour scheming harmoies are:
- A monochromatic harmony – created using tints and shades of the same colour. (A tint is a colour with white added. A shade is a colour with black added.) Often use with neutral to create a serene but interesting look.
- A complementary harmony is when colours opposite on the colour wheel are used to enhance and balance each other.
Complementary Colours are:
Blue and Orange
Green and Red
Purple and Yellow.
If you find a scheme is not working, try adding some green plants and you will be amazed how they can assist in balancing a look.
- Consider the Lighting
I remember a while ago, I was asked to visit a home in Bryanston, the owner complained that the neutral paint she had bought had a green tinge on one wall.
When I went to the home I noticed that the wall was adjacent to a large window, the light coming in through the window was reflecting the green shrubbery outside the window onto the wall. Coloured carpets and curtains can have a similar effect if the light bounces off it.
The colour will change during daylight and at night with your lights on.
With incandescent lights being phased out due to their energy inefficiency, we have a choice between fluorescent and LED lighting.
Both come in cool or warm light, so it is a personal choice as to what light you prefer.
Warm light will enhance warm colours and dull cooler shades.
Cool light will enhance cool shades and dull the warmer shades.
Note: Fluorescent lights contains mercury so need to be disposed of responsibly.
- Choosing your paint
Basically there are two types of paint for interiors.
- Water-based or Acrylicpaints – these can be used on walls, ceilings and furniture.
Matt paints will hide imperfections and are just as washable as their sheen counterparts.
I recommend Plascon Cashmere or Plascon Polvin for interiors which are excellent quality matt paints.
Sheen Paints look luxurious and enhance deep colours, but make sure your walls are perfectly smooth. Plascon Double Velvet is a beautiful
Don’t underestimate the quality paint , cheap paint does not have quality pigments or binders, these paints will look shoddy after a short while, which means you have to paint again sooner rather than later.
- Enamel paints – For doors, skirting’s and window frames.
These paints are now available in water-based options. The water-based enamels are not only better quality but much friendlier to the environment. When choosing n enamel for your trim always insist on the water-based option. I recommend Velvaglo Water-based
- Test your colour
With all these considerations taken into account you can now get a sample of your paint colour. Be sure to check the colour on a paint swatch. I often find a colour looks more intense when painted on a wall than it does on the much smaller swatch card. What I usually do is go for a slightly lighter and muted tint than the colour I am drawn to on the swatch card)
I would recommend painting the colour on a 1metre by 1metre piece of card. This way you see how the colour looks on different walls during different times of the day, you can also look at it against the flooring, sofa and curtains.
Taking the time to go through these steps is fun and you may uncover a creative side you never knew you had.