Get inspired – and seal in certainty – with these essential paint color pointers.
Demystify the Color Wheel
To get started, take a look at a color wheel: Warm reds, yellows, and oranges congregate on one side, while cool lavenders, blues and greens are on the other. Creating a palette within one half of the wheel tends to be more harmonious. But pairing two colors that stand opposite one another adds a dash of invigorating tension. Which do you prefer?
Helpful color wheel terms:
A monochromatic color scheme uses tints and shades of the same color.
An analogous color scheme uses adjacent colors on the color wheel.
Complementary color schemes (as in “opposites attract”) include two colors that are opposite to each other on the color wheel.
Divide and Conquer
Pales, neutrals, whites and deeps: These are the four simple categories the Benjamin Moore Color and Design Team suggest using to make choosing colors more manageable.
Delve deeper into the emotional impact of each of these color categories in The Psychology of Color, and while you’re there, click on a range of colors in the interactive tool to see how colors influence a room’s mood.