August 21, 2013
Beyond choosing the right wall colors, consumers want a finished look for their painted surfaces that will last so they don't have to repaint any time soon. Just like the classic style of hickory hardwood flooring in Anderson's Dellamano collection, they want something that will look good for the long term.
Along with the multitude of hues that have been developed by paint manufacturers, there have also been a number of changes made in paint chemistry in recent years. Using high-gloss paint is no longer needed for many jobs - although still preferred in kitchens and bathrooms, where moisture accumulates - because today's paints allow easy cleanup with flat or low-sheen choices.
"Finishes have come a long way. The surface of your walls no longer needs to be reflective to be cleanable," interior designer Marlene Pratt told the Epoch Times. "Simply put, today's paint is very people-friendly. The smells of the past are gone, as well as the unwanted reflection from every direction."
Once they are past the fear of doing the job right, Pratt said consumers still have to deal with color selections from dozens of shades in one hue. She suggested they take six to eight paint chips in different shades of one color, tape them together and hang the combined sample on the wall to get an idea of what will look best in their room designs.
This Old House magazine advised home decorators to use a color wheel if they're looking at a combination of hues and aren't sure how well they will look together.
The wheel is set up so homeowners can see the relationship of different hues, including primary colors of red, blue and yellow to secondary and tertiary shades that are various mixes of the primaries. Complementary colors are set up opposite each other on the wheel and are often among the best combos. They tend to bring out the best in one another at full strength, but can be muted by mixing in a neutral gray for a toned-down look.
Beyond the paint chip
Pratt also suggested homeowners see their choices at three different times - morning, mid-day and evening with artificial lighting - to be assured they've made the right choices for their home design.
Once they've narrowed the colors to two or three choices, they can paint a poster board from sample-sized containers available at paint stores and leave it in a room for 24 hours to catch all the nuances of different lighting.
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