Color and Shade: What Color Can Do For Your Project

Picking out the best color for your flooring project is not as simple as just picking out your favorite shade.

Color in a room can transport, immerse, change or utterly shatter a room’s design. Choosing colors that “gel” in your home and fit the existing schemes and locations is essential when choosing the color of a project. When choosing which color will fit best for your individual project, keep in mind these considerations.

Matching Elements

What else is going to be in the room? If you are working on the walls, but have already chosen the floor or ceiling, or vice-versa, you need to match to existing elements. Of course, smooth visual movement from one room to the next is also essential. It’s not just about the basics of the room either. Consider rugs, furniture, fixtures and the colors of all of the items that will be in the room. Sometimes different designs or texture can be used to weave similar or complementary color patterns throughout a room in a way that will be aesthetically pleasing.

Color Schemes

Take a look at the color wheel below for a quick cheat sheet. The wheel below consists of complementary and analogous colors. Complementary colors are across from one another on the wheel. For example, blue and orange. Analogous colors are adjacent to one another, for example yellow and green. Tertiary colors are generated by combining colors such as yellow-green.

The color will below illustrates color triads, three colors that work well together. Following a triangle from one of the three points on a triangle in the wheel below produces a great color scheme consisting of three colors.

Once you have chosen three colors, it is then easy to vary their shade and intensity to achieve your own personal look. The great thing about the color wheel is that you can pick a color and follow the triangle to identify two color matches, or you can look at your choices as triplets. Complementary colors are a little bolder than triads, but both can be utilized differently depending on your project.

Monochromatic color schemes are another option. The most simple of the patterns, it involves simply using multiple shades of one color to achieve a pleasing color effect.

Other Color Scheme Combinations

Not Using Color

Of course, in designing a space, not using color is also an option. Blacks and whites can be commonly used to expand rooms and increase the flexibility a designer has in other elements of the home design. White or black space can also give a very “clean” or modern appearance that was more difficult and expensive to achieve in older materials.