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How to Choose the Perfect Color Palette

calander Nov 4 , 2019 user-icon Nash Painting

When it comes to commercial or residential interior painting, choosing a single color is hard enough, let alone a range of colors. But most homeowners and business owners don’t want to limit their property to just one color. After all, our lives are enriched by variation and contrast.

Color palettes are meant to provide the eyes with this variety in a pleasing and logical manner. Colors should work well with one another, the way that flavors and textures balance each other out in a good recipe. The question is, though, where do you begin?

When it’s time to hire a Nashville painting company, you want to have some idea of the colors you want to include. So, here are some tips for choosing the perfect color palette.

Cram Some Color Theory

To get a grip on color palettes, it helps to recall some of the things you may have learned in art class. Believe it or not, that color wheel comes in handy. Terms like contrast, saturation, tone, tint, hue, and shade are all valuable pieces of knowledge when choosing a color palette for your space. You should also know that there are four basic types of color palettes. These are:

  • Monochromatic: These palettes are based around one color (i.e. hue), featuring variations in shade, saturation, and value. A monochromatic color palette might include pure blue alongside navy, cerulean, and sky, for example.
  • Analogous: this type of palette centers around multiple colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. For instance, yellow, orange, and red (and everything in between) could be the basis for an analogous palette.
  • Complementary: complementary palettes take two colors from opposite sides of the color wheel, like yellow and purple. When colors contrast in this way, one helps the other stand out, creating balance and intrigue.
  • Triadic: The prefix “tri-” means “three,” so a triadic palette involves three colors. However, these colors aren’t chosen at random. Instead, they are taken from equidistant points on the color wheel (picture a triangle overlayed on the circle), like purple, orange, and green, or yellow, red, and blue.

Having even a rudimentary understanding of color theory goes a long way in helping you narrow down your color palette options.

Begin with a Neutral Foundation

If you’re struggling to start, try choosing a neutral color or shade as your foundation and go from there. Beiges, greys, whites, and blacks work well with many colors, and they inherently balance a space.

Look to Nature

The natural world is filled with pitch-perfect color palettes. Think of the greens, browns, and grays of forests, the blues and beiges of beaches, and the brilliant warm colors of autumn and sunsets. If you’re looking for inspiration, look outside.

Turn to Technology

Today, you can view and experiment with colors to your heart’s content with various apps, websites, and tech-driven tools. Coolors.co and paletton.com are among the most popular color scheme platforms, allowing users to build and generate palettes, match colors, and more. Sites like colorhunt.co boast a massive array of hand-picked palettes to browse and share. And blogs and platforms like Pinterest and Instagram feature beautiful images of interior spaces with various color schemes and decor. There is no shortage of color palette ideas and examples online.

Seek Professional Advice

Professional painters know a thing or two about color and how they interact. So, when in doubt, interior painting contractors can also help you choose the right colors for your home or business. The more information you can give your painting contractor, the better. But when it comes down to making the hard decision between two similar color or color palettes, interior painting services can give you the advice you need and find the exact colors and finishes you desire.

In the end, there is no “perfect” color palette. The best color palette for you will depend on your preferences and the needs of your space. That said, certain color schemes naturally work better than others. By revisiting some color theory, taking advantage of the inspiration offered by nature and technology, and getting tips from local interior painters, you will find the right color palette for your needs.

At Nash Painting, we offer paint color selection consultations for our customers. We want you to love the way your property looks when we’re done, and picking the right colors is a big factor in this endeavor. For more about us, our services, and our values, call us at (615) 829-6858 today!