Monday, May 18, 2015

Consider "Value" When Creating a Color Scheme

When creating a color scheme with paint, we’re all drawn to the colors we love, but to ensure that the overall effect is pleasing to the eye, it’s wise to take into account the "value" of the hues that we choose.

Value is another word for the intensity, vividness, or brightness of a paint color. Most successful color schemes combine two or more colors with similar values. That way, no single color jumps out at you at the expense of the others. The result? A harmonious combination of compatible colors that look like they were made for one another.

What happens when one paint color is too bright in relation to its companions? The eye naturally gravitates toward that color, noticing it and not the entirety of the color scheme.

If, after painting a room, you find that the values are "off", don’t panic. Identify the color that seems out of synch and tone it down by reapplying paint in a less vivid version of the same hue. Fine artists refer to this adjustment as "muddying" or "dirtying" the paint color.

You can avoid value concerns altogether by mimicking combinations shown on color cards at your favorite paint retailer. Manufacturers employ professional colorists to develop these palettes of naturally compatible hues to simplify your color selection. There’s great value in following their advice.

Speaking of value, after spending the time and effort to get your paint colors just right, you’ll find added value in using a top quality 100% acrylic latex interior paint. These paints have superior fade-resistance to help your carefully chosen color scheme look exactly the same for years to come.