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Paint Swatches - The Secret to Successful Decorating!
by Michael Holland
Description: Tips for using paint swatches to choose paint colors for your home.
Paint swatches are your best friend when it comes to choosing
paint colors to decorate the walls, furniture and other items
within your home. A paint swatch has been designed to show you
the many shade possibilities you have if your focus is on one
For instance, if you wish to paint your room blue possible
shades that await you include: azure, cerulean, periwinkle,
denim, navy blue, cobalt blue, sapphire, ultramarine, light
blue, indigo and hundreds of other hues.
Something else you will notice when looking at blue paint
swatches, for example, is that you can choose blue hues that
feature tones of green, purple and gray. Therefore, you have
plenty to consider when you go color hunting.
The only problem is, with so much to choose from, finding the
right shade can be both a difficult and tedious task.
To help you narrow down your decision making when it comes time
to stare at the wall of paint swatches at your local paint or
home improvement store, the following are some helpful interior
painting tips you can keep in mind:
Warm or Cool – Think of the room you will be painting. Is it
an area where you do most of your relaxing, entertaining or
eating? For instance, if you are painting your bedroom it's a
good idea to choose a cool color such as blue or green that
On the other hand, if you are painting a kitchen or dining room
you may want to use a warm red or orange to help increase
appetite and conversation. Warm colored paint swatches include
red, yellow and orange, while cool colors are blue, green and
Light - Medium -Dark – Once you select the main color, you need
to decide if you would rather a light, medium or dark shade.
Light shades are a good choice for rooms that are small such as
bathrooms, or for rooms that have few or no windows. Light
colors also create a more subdued look.
Medium tones provide a more dramatic look and are a better
choice for kitchens and large open spaces such as the family
Dark tones are not typically used for walls and are more
commonly used for painting room accents such as furniture, trim
or cabinets. However, dark walls may be desirable in bedrooms
or to compliment a theme.
When looking at paint swatches you will notice that the colors
featured on each swatch move from dark to light. Notice how
different the darkest shade is to the lightest. Depending on
if you use the dark or light shade will create an entirely
different affect on the room you are painting.
Theme – Do you have a theme that requires certain colors? For
instance, if you are doing a country theme, light yellow and
blue are ideal choices. On the other hand, a Mexican theme
would require spicier colors such as cinnamon and terracotta.
This is something else you need to keep in mind when looking at
Neutrals – One of the biggest problems with adding color to
walls is the color you choose may limit your ability to keep a
space versatile. In other words, it is more likely for you to
grow tired of a room that has a defined color on the walls than
one with a neutral shade. There are plenty of neutral swatches
you can consider.
The more specific you are with your color preference the easier
time you will have selecting helpful paint swatches.
Michael is the creator of home-decorating-made-easy.com. Visit his site for more great information about interior paint colors.
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