How to Match Paint Colors in Your Home

paintsPainting is an easy and quick way to give your rooms a breath of fresh air as well as a more pleasant look and feel. Paint normally comes in a variety of mixes, be it a composition of oil or latex. In most cases, latex paint is common and the most preferred paint type because it is easy to clean up and has a far long-lasting durability. Latex also tends to be more faint resistant and gives your room a better breath than oil.

On the other hand, oil-based painting is great for painting real wood, as it has a tendency of sealing stains and knots better than latex does. When planning to use oil, note that it takes longer to dry than latex does, so plan to have a longer drying time. The glossier the paint, the easier it will be to clean up. Another factor that will play a big role in determining the paint matchup is light. Light is one of the biggest factors that affect how colors translate on your wall.

Selecting the Sheen

If the room you are planning to paint experiences high traffic such as children’s room or a playground, go for high gloss sheen. This is because you can quickly wipe and clean the wall down using a damp sponge. However, such painting should not be applied to places such a sitting room or living room, as mopping with a damp sponge would give the wall unpleasant shine due to blemishes and imperfections.

Tips for Choosing Paint Colors

paintingWhen selecting a color, be guided by the mood of a room. For a bedroom, you want to have a restful, soothing and intimate feeling and same should be reflected the choice of colors. If it is a dining area, you probably want to feel sociable. So if that is the case, warmer and brighter colors add a sociable atmosphere. Deeper blue and green mix and also neutrals will give more formal ambiance. As far as kids rooms are concerned, you want to create a fun active and exciting mood or just an orderly and restful feeling. However, be careful not to overstimulate your child with intensively bright colors.

Pay Attention to Lighting

You need to pay a keen attention to lighting as it played a key role in how your rooms will look like. Natural daylight shows the true color of your rooms. Incandescent lighting has warmer tones while fluorescent lighting brings out a sharp blue tone. Note that a strong color may be quite bright and overpowering if used on walls that are next to large windows.

Learn Color Terms

Learning color terms helps to understand the terminologies used to describe colors. Hue is what we call color, e.g, Blue id the Hue. The value of the hue refers to how light or dark it is. Saturation refers to how dominant the hue is and intensity refers to the brilliance of the color. That is why pure colors such as the likes of red are more intense than the combination of colors, the likes of yellow-green. If you have a more active space, you may consider introducing stronger and more intense colors.