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Painting interior color Scheme

Pay attention to the impact of lighting. Color is a reflection of light, so the kind and amount of light in a room will have a significant impact on a color scheme. Experiment with how natural light or light from lamps or recessed fixtures affects color in fabrics, paint, furniture, and other surfaces.

Daylight is considered the perfect light source because it has nearly uniform intensity over the entire visible spectrum of colors. Natural light changes from sunrise to sunset as the sun's rays travel through varying amounts of atmosphere. When considering a color scheme for a particular room, spend some time in the space throughout the day, taking note of how the shifting light affects it. A room with only northern exposure, for example, receives less daylight than other rooms in the home. A warm color palette would be effective there to soften shadows, and it would react well to more hours of artificial light.

Incandescent lamps emit a redder and warmer light than sunlight. Fluorescent lamps, on the other hand, generally create a bluer, cooler light. When selecting colors for a room that is used primarily before sunrise or after sunset, choose the colors only under the lighting used in the room. Keep in mind that any color with white in it will reflect the colors that surround it. A white wall, for example, will take on the reflections from carpeting, ceiling color, and even furnishings.

Committing to Color

Injecting color doesn't have to mean a long-term relationship with a chosen hue. If you prefer a neutral background, there are many ways to add color with small touches or even bursts of a selected color scheme. Fabrics and textiles such as rugs, pillows, throws, and window treatments are the perfect elements for inviting color in and can add pattern and texture as well. Artwork brings in color and personality at the same time. Accessories and personal collections can act as colorful accents in your room. And don't forget the lively hues of flowers and fruit. Grouped in vases or bowls, they create a colorful mass in any space.

While neutrals might seem safe, there are many benefits to using color in your home. Color can unite disparate styles of furnishings. It is also useful for renewing worn or outdated furniture. Nothing enlivens a traditional style more than a fresh and unexpected pop of color. Using color can also manipulate your sense of space. A small room can seem larger with light colors; a large room will shrink with a darker shade on the walls. You can visually lower a ceiling with a dark color and raise it with a light one.

Color in an Open Plan

Choosing a color palette for an open floor plan can be tricky, but color is a powerful tool for transforming your space. Consider these tips:

Let architecture guide you. Look for corners and transition areas for natural places to stop and start a paint color or wall treatment, such as wallpaper.

Pick a self-contained wall to paint with an accent color.

Use a monochromatic scheme. Change the value of a color from space to space.

Add molding. Delineate a space with molding and use paint within that space for a block of color.

Choose a three-color scheme. Use one color on all the walls. Use another color on all the trim throughout the space and a third color on the ceiling.

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Popular Q&A

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When is the best time to paint the interior of a home?

When it's warm outside with a little breeze so you can open up all the windows so the smell doesn't stay trapped in your house.
Before you move in, as then you do not have to move furniture to access the walls, and have free movement to do your work. Nor do you have to put drop cloths over the furniture when you paint ceilings (you still should drop cloth the floor to protect it when painting ceilings).

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What colour do I paint the interior of this bunkie?

I am not very colour coordinated and need to pick some vibrant , not too dark, kid friendly, summer colours. The bunkie is very small , so I don't want it too dark. But I want it colourful. I have been always afraid of colour and have picked boring neutrals. I want to introduce more colour into my life so I am starting small - with the bunkie. As you see in the picture it is not finished being painted yet, but it is green. Should I also add any accents on the outside?
Will anyone give me any suggestions?

Since it's for an outdoorsy bunkie, why not think sky colors, like dawn (yellows and oranges) or dusk (lavender and orange)? You could paint opposite walls the same color, but use muted tones instead of bright. If you go to your local home improvement center (or paint store), you can peruse the different brochures they have that are filled with great ideas.
If you want to get really adventurous, you could paint clouds on the ceiling (or even a wall). It's not that hard, and there are free, online tutorials that will teach you how.

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