Look at any paint department and you can see that there are hundreds and hundreds of colors to choose from. So how do you decide which colors you want to invite into your home? Many factors can impact your choice, like the lighting and architectural elements in the room, the feeling you want the room to convey, and of course your personal taste and style. This section will help you consider all these factors, so you can feel confident in your final color decisions for your home.
If you’re looking for a clean, sophisticated look, the monochromatic color scheme is for you. A monochromatic scheme is the easiest to create with subtle variations in lightness and saturation of a single color. The result is a look that’s calming, organized and buttoned-down.
You might think that opposites attract, but it’s the colors adjacent to each other that really offer the nuances. Pick one color as a dominant color and the other(s) to give the scheme some texture and visual interest.
If you’ve picked a dominant color and you’re looking to create contrast, pick a color directly across the wheel for a Complementary scheme. The two colors will intensify each other for a lively, vibrant scheme.
Sometimes you’re looking for visual interest and contrast, but balance is necessary to set a mood. The triadic color scheme uses three colors equally spaced around on the color wheel to achieve a harmonious blend makes a statement. It is best to make one color more dominant than the other two.
Pratt & Lambert® Color Samples
To best understand how color will look in your home, you need to see it in place. Pratt & Lambert® Quart Size Color Samples let you live with the color on your walls before you commit. Each sample covers 100 square feet so you can see how different lighting conditions and room arrangements affect color. And that means you can make your final color choice with confidence.