Picking paint colors
Picking the colors for your interiors and exteriors can be challenging and frustrating. Fenger Painting can help. When done correctly, color can completely change the look and “feel” of your interior spaces. John Fenger’s many years of experience working with home decorators has taught him about the impact of colors, their ability to reflect and absorb light and the resulting “feel” created within your home.
Think about your mood
The effects of color are significant! When selecting a color, consider the “mood” of the room. For example, in a bedroom do you want the feeling to be restful and soothing or dramatic and intimate? Soft cool colors and neutrals usually create a quieter feeling while strong colors heighten a room’s dramatic qualities.
Evaluate the room you are painting
Both the artificial and natural lighting in a room can dramatically affect how a color appears on a wall. As you narrow your search, try painting small sections of the wall with different colors to compare how they look in different lighting and at different times of the day. Color can also affect the perceived size of the room. Lighter colors can make a smaller room feel more open and spacious while a darker color can make a large room feel cozier.
Explore imaginative colors
Despite what you may have heard, there are no strict color rules to follow when it comes to interior painting, only things to keep in mind. Don’t be afraid to consider an imaginative color, pattern or color combination to revamp your home’s decor.
Pay attention to lighting
The type and amount of lighting inside your house is key to how we perceive color. Natural lighting can come from skylights, large windows, and sliding doors. Artificial lighting can come from the ceiling downward (can and track lighting) or upwards from floor and table lamps. Each of these different lighting types affects perceived colors.
- Natural daylight shows the truest color
- Incandescent lights brings out warm tones and yellows
- Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone
Walk into another room
Consider your walls as planes of color that interact when viewed from one room into another. Approach it like a composition; you’re in one room but you’re going to see a piece of another room through it. So as you’re choosing colors, consider how they will “flow” from room to room to create a picture.
Use a color consultant
Seeking advise from a qualified painting contractor and color consultant can save you both time and money. Fenger Painting provides up to one hour of color consultation at no charge on all complete interior and exterior painting projects. You may also contact us for independent color consulting.