Power of Paint: Tips on How to Use Paint Color to Redefine and Reinvigorate Your Space!
Written for Huffington Post (By Gail Green)
A new paint job is one of the best ways to get the most bang for your buck: It can be fast, easy, inexpensive, and achieve big results! Below are a few tips on how to use paint color to redefine and reinvigorate your space–and some essential factors to know about color.
UNDERSTAND COLOR BEFORE YOU PAINT
Dark colors (black and colors with hints of black) tend to absorb light and are less reflective, resulting in a space that looks darker. Warm colors (orange, red, yellow and colors with hints of these hues) tend to make you think of sunlight and heat. When used on walls, darker and warmer colors make the surface look as though it is advancing (or coming toward you)! The result is a space that feels cozier and more intimate.
Lighter colors (white and colors with hints of white) tend to reflect light, resulting in a space that looks brighter. Cooler colors (blue, green, and light purple, and colors with hints of these hues) tend to make you think of sky and water. When used on walls, lighter and cooler colors make the surface look as though it is receding (or moving away from you)! The result is a space that feels bigger and calmer.
The best way to determine the degree to which a color absorbs or reflects light is to refer to its Light Reflectance Value (LRV), which is usually indicated on the manufacturer’s packaging (paint can or paint chip). The LRV is a measurement that uses a 0 to 100 percent scale, with 0 percent representing absolute black and 100 percent reflecting absolute white.
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