Light or Dark: Finding that Perfect Shade

The Perfect Shade

Ways to add color to your home renovationYou found that ideal colour of paint to complement the office room but are stuck on deciding the precise shade that you want. Sounds familiar? The massive amount of colour swatches out there can often be intimidating and make you feel like you are swimming up to your neck in possibilities. Take a breath and read the following to help you narrow down some of those pesky options for your residential painting project.

When to Use Lighter Colour Tones

Lighter shades are generally useful for making a room appear more expansive and open, but this does not mean that you should go around painting every room with light tones under the pretense that your house is going to become much larger looking. The value and quality of lighter tones is wholly dependent upon how much natural lighting your rooms are getting. With not enough natural lighting a lighter paint can look quite dull and gloomy. On the other hand, if your room has at least a few windows or other sources of natural light, you can expect a more expansive looking room with a colour that often pops with vibrancy at various points of the day. As a warning, you should be weary of rooms with many windows that do not get enough natural light due to overhanging porch roofs or large and obtrusive trees, which both tend to block out significant amounts of light.

When to Use Darker Colour Tones

dsc01716Since darker tones are opposite to light ones, they obviously have the tendency to visually reduce a space. This con may seem like a deal breaker for darker shades, but if you’re looking to paint a room with minimal natural light (i.e. a closed-in dining room), you will probably want to look into darker tones as they won’t get as washed-out and dingy looking like the lighter tones. Despite having the illusion of contracting space, darker tones have the merit of having an eye-popping aesthetic whereas light tones can often be too neutral and sometimes even a little monotonous. By having a richer colour, dark tones can offer more substance and excitement in a home and can look absolutely stunning with the right artificial lighting. Even dark tones’ supposed con of reducing space can be of benefit; the sense of a closed-in space helps develop a more intimate and social atmosphere, which could certainly benefit some dining and living rooms.

When to Use Both

Often you can get the best of both worlds by combining two similar colours of different tones. A darker room often flows well with a lighter ceiling and trim just as a lighter room can benefit from subtle darker features. The consequent contrast will add a layer of depth to the room and help to make the room’s features more striking. If the two colours are very similar this will also build a sense of uniformity that will remain visually impressive while emphasizing a more diminutive and conservative contrast. Either way, a two-toned approach to your residential painting project is certainly as viable as the aforementioned options, and this allows you to give your home that extra touch of diversity.