Help clients to select colors
To assist you (and your client) with selecting colors, following are some things you may want to keep in mind:
1. Determine what the room will be used for. It is best to keep cool colors (such as greens, blues and violets) in rooms that will be used for relaxing (such as bedrooms and retreat areas), and warm colors (such as yellows, reds and oranges) in rooms where there will be lots of activity (such as play rooms, family rooms, etc.)
2. When deciding on a color scheme for a room, determine what type of sunlight exposure the room gets. If there is little sunlight exposure it is best to include warm color schemes, and if there is a lot of sunlight exposure (for example, in a south exposure room), then cool colors will work well.
3. If the room you will be decorating is large, you may want to use warm colors, which will appear to bring the walls closer in and add a feeling of coziness within a large room. However, if the room is quite small and your client would like it to look larger, you should use cool colors (which are receding colors) that give the appearance of the walls being farther away so that the room appears more spacious.
4. Is there a particular color that your client loves or feels good around that they would like to use in the space? Or does your client have a particular piece
of art or a beautiful area rug or an upholstered piece of furniture (or even a fabric swatch) that they want you to use as a starting point for the color scheme?
TIP: Once you have selected the colors, make sure you check them
out in the room in daylight to make sure they still work well for the space. On another note, make sure the colors flow from one room to the next to give the home a feeling of harmony.
Once you determine the main color to be used, you can come up with various pleasing and complementary (or contrasting) color combination possibilities and you can then present the options to your client and have them decide on the color combination that will work best for them. Following are some excellent color combination tips from Homestore.
All colors go together if you know how to combine them. Sound simple? It is, once you know the Language of Color. Finding the right colors is as much about choosing harmonious values and intensities as it is specific hues. Just as important are the propor tions of colors in a combination. Although color theory tends to focus on pure colors, in the real world – in your home – colors are almost always softened and diluted.
Use similar values to link different colors. Light colors from all around the color ring naturally go together because they share a common value. That’s why willow, maize and lilac, all light-value colors, are pleasing together. Deep colors, such as claret, spruce and navy, likewise have an affinity—their dark value. When you use sharply
contrasting values in a scheme – say, dark green furnishings in a white room – your eye may jump from one element or area to another, an effect you may or may not like.
Use similar intensities to link different colors. In other words, use clear colors with clear colors and grayed colors with grayed colors. Like value, intensity is a unifying factor. Burgundy and hunter, low-intensity versions of red and green, are congenial colors. This approach – combining different colors of similar intensities – is just as
effective when the colors are opposite on the color ring as when they are side by side.
Of course, identical values and intensities aren’t always desirable—too much sameness can lead to boredom. To a group of light values, throw in a few darker colors. Or punch up a low-intensity scheme with a bit of more intense color.
Fortunately, with so many materials and textures available, you’ll automatically achieve variation in value and intensity when you gather samples.
Use your colors in unequal quantities. Equal amounts of color fight for attention;
unequal amounts are more pleasing. A large expanse of green, for example, with
smaller amounts of violet and coral, is harmonious, whereas equal quantities of green, violet and coral are likely to be unpleasantly competitive. The secret is to let one color dominate while the others play supporting roles.
Where you place colors in a room is just as important as their proportions. Imagine pink and green in two hypothetical schemes. One room has pale green walls and soft pink furnishings; the other has pale pink walls and soft green furnishings. Although the same two hues are involved, the effects are dramatically different. For now, as you consider different color combinations, keep in mind that color placement has everything to do with the visual impact of a scheme. Once you have determined the color scheme, you can then select fabrics, textures and patterns to work within your decorating plan.