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Using Seasonal Color Groups To Choose The Paint For Your Project

It can be quite difficult to develop a color scheme for your home--or even an individual room, for that matter. Unless you're trained in developing color palettes, it's easy to make a mistake and pair non-compatible colors. The end result of these mistakes is a much less effective renovation. 

However, it's possible to take a cue from the beauty industry to help create a fantastic color palette. By applying the same theories that go into style and makeup application, you'll be able to choose the perfect colors for your project.

Choose a Season

Four season color theory categorizes the color spectrum into four groups that relate to the four seasons of our year. The colors associated with each season are intuitive and progress through the color spectrum. The groups look like this:

  • Autumn--Maroon to orange
  • Spring--Orange to yellow-green
  • Summer--Yellow-green to aquamarine
  • Winter--Aquamarine to violet

Generally speaking, if you stick within the color band of an individual season, you'll be in the right ballpark with your choice. It's a good idea to look at the existing colors in your home to determine which season you tend to prefer.

Determine Your Pairing

Colors do not exist in isolation. The impact of a color choice is directly dependent upon the colors in the surrounding area. If you're painting a single room, you'll need to consider the furnishings in that room and the other rooms in your home. If you're painting multiple rooms, you'll need multiple colors.

As a general rule, you'll want to choose no more than two foundational colors when designing a room or painting your home. You'll also want to keep the colors close to each other within your season. For example, generally light blue and deep violet would not be a good pairing even though they're both winter colors, however, light blue and lavender would. 

Complete Your Palette

Now that you have two closely related colors to play with, it's time to experiment. This is where samples and paint chips come in handy. You'll want to come up with a cluster of color choices that flow well together by altering the:

  • Tint
  • Shade
  • Tone

Be prepared to mix it up a bit. Play with the variations of your two color foundations to see which types of each color suit your tastes and the other choices you've made. Then, when you've finished, lay the color samples out as they would lie on the spectrum for your season. You'll know right away if you've made good choices!

That's all there is to it. For more information about your home remodeling projects, contact companies such as Multicraft Home Remodeling.