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Deep, highly saturated shades have been popular for years, but the palette that’s in vogue right now is just the opposite. Interior designers and colorists are favoring lighter hues that just tease the eye with subtle hints of color.

Vaguely reminiscent of the “pastels” of yesteryear, the light colors that are gaining popularity today are more sophisticated ensembles, often marrying three or more different hues to create soft color that is often hard to put a name to. Layering color in this way also produces some interesting visual effects.

Because the new tints are not pure yellows, greens, or whatever, many have a chameleon-like quality, shifting their appearance slightly when the light changes.

During the daytime, a wall color might appear to be in the pale green family, but at night, under artificial light, it may take on a yellow caste. Likewise, a light bluish tint might gravitate toward pale gray in dimmer light.

Because the new tints are so changeable under different lighting conditions, a useful recommendation is to apply some sizable swatches of the paint color to several of your walls and live with them for a day or two before fully committing to the color. That way, you can be sure you’ll like your new choice at every time of day or night.

The emerging trend to tints is part of the natural ebb and flow that occurs in the paint industry every five years or so, and this stage of the cycle offers some tangible rewards to those who jump on board.

For one thing, repainting walls, ceilings and woodwork in lighter-colored paint tends to “open up” the area, making any room seem more spacious.

Perhaps even more important is the psychological benefit that comes with a lighter indoor environment. Brighter surroundings can lift our spirits, no matter what the color. And soft tints derived from certain color families – green and blue, for example – have a restful quality that can be restorative after a stressful day.

If you’re truly serious about doing some interior painting, there’s no time like the present. Adding some light new paint color is the perfect antidote to winter’s shorter days and gloomier weather. You’ll be right in step with the latest trend in interior painting, and you’ll find 2016 to be a far brighter new year!

~Courtesy of the Paint Quality Institute:  www.paintquality.com

Happy Painting!

~mg

Picking the shade that will cover a room can be a daunting task — just where do you begin when staring at wall of dozens of shades? To help you approach the paint store with confidence, I’ve listed some blunders DIY decoraters make most often.

You choose a hue by only looking at the paint chip.
Those little buggers can be misleading. The absolute best way is to get a little bit of paint on each wall that will be painted to see how lighting changes it throughout the day.

We try to provide examples of what the shade will look like in different lights, but you need to take it home to truly see what works in your space.

You don’t consider how you will “feel” with the color day in and day out.

Try living with it for a few weeks. Give yourself a little time to allow yourself to resonate with the color and the feeling it brings to your environment.

You don’t have a plan for the rest of the room.
If you’re redecorating a space from scratch, it’s helpful to have a vision in mind from the get-go. luxe

It’s important to remember that you have nearly every paint color in the rainbow at your disposal, but are often more limited when it comes to furnishings and fabrics.

You don’t consider the furnishings that are in the room that may affect the paint color.
We’re all for going bold on your walls, but you shouldn’t necessarily choose a super-intense color to make an impact.

Often someone will choose a bold red, but not think about the navy sofa they are purchasing and how that combination might not turn out ideally.

You don’t break the “rules.”
We have all heard not to paint small spaces with dark colors because of the “closed in” or “claustrophobic” feeling it will cause. But what about how cozy it can make it feel? It could be just the perfect shade to give your reading nook that quiet cozy ambience.

You live with a color you don’t love.
Sure, it’s a pain to repaint a room when the shade doesn’t quite work, but it’s actually one of the cheapest and easiest things to correct.

Surround yourself with what you love… especially color. It’s amazing the effect it has!

~melanie

Forget the old adage that small rooms need to be painted a light shade. White reflects light, making it the go-to color of choice, but what other hues can make a room appear larger? White most definitely isn’t the only answer. Be bold and paint a small room with your favorite dark shade.

Painting Tips for Small Rooms

  • Commit to color. Use one color on the walls, on the moldings, on the cabinets, even on the floor. By using one tone so completely, it makes the different planes all blend into each other. The boundaries are obsolete as the completeness of color unifies the room.
  • Use a gloss finish. A semi-gloss is the perfect selection in the kitchen or bath, but choose more subdued eggshell and satin finishes for the living room or bedroom.
  • Play up perception. Don’t run from shadow, embrace it. Using a dark color can actually camouflage a claustrophobic room. A deep blue provides depth. The corners will be cast in shadow and you’re not quite sure where they are, emulating the vastness of an expansive cavern.
  • Embrace your inner diva. A dark shade brings an element of drama and grandiose to a seemingly quaint room. A deep purple partnered with grey or metallics makes a room feel regal.
  • Make your walls recede. Try using a slightly darker shade on the wall opposite the door. This will make the wall appear to recede, leaving the room feeling spacious.

Transform your small living space into a welcoming environment with the power of paint. No need to shy away from your favorite dark shades and hues, let them serve as  your inspiration!

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions.

Hey all of you folks in or around Bend, Oregon! There is a color show tonight, that you don’t want to miss! If you are searching for the right color, or want to know how to apply it to your current scheme, you’ll want to be at the Denfeld Miller Paint in Bend tonight! You’ll get insight, advice and a personal color consultation if you wish! Here is the info you’ll need. See you there!

color show

 

~mg

Some people are born with a gift of knowing color and style. They sense instinctively what would look perfect in this space or that, what color would add a pop of visual interest, what neutrals work best in what lighting. Thankfully, for the rest of us who don’t have that innate knowledge, there’s help.

 

Color expert Belinda Dietrich recommends that homeowners think about specific areas they want to focus on so that they can best use their time effectively. They should spend some time visualizing the mood they want the space to imbue—cozy and intimate, bright and energetic, luxurious or elegant. Find one thing they love in their space as an inspiration or focal point.

 

The process of selecting new colors begins by gathering information about the colors of the fixed components in the space, and make a list of colors you love or hate.

Blond Woman with Brush

It can help to ask for an outside perspective. Other people and experts like Dietrich may see things that someone living in the space on a daily basis doesn’t.

 

Also keep in mind the lighting in a space, which can dramatically change a color’s hue and tone. Have you decided on a color and by nightfall, you’re regretting your decision? There’s a word for that: metamerism. Metamerism means that colors seem to change under different light conditions. That’s why testing is key!

 

Simply put, light affects the way colors look. It can appear one way in natural light and slightly different under the glare of artificial light. The direction of the light, from East to West, can change what you see based on the surroundings. This is why you need to look at the light in all the possible scenarios of sunshine and flash that the room may get. Look at it in the morning, afternoon, and evening. The color can change quite a bit from morning sunshine to nighttime with the glow of lamps. The position of the rooms puts this all at play. Northern light is cooler, while Southern light is warmer.

 

The takeaway: always look at your color within the space you will actually be painting to achieve the right appearance.

cartoon canUsing wet samples to choose the perfect paint color for your home.

So, you’ve narrowed down your search for that “just right” color for your home to a few candidates. Now what? How do you select the final color with confidence?

Many paint stores not only offer advice, but also wet samples. We at Miller Paint offer samples of the colors you choose in quart sizes for only $5. This allows you to paint a small section of the specific color you’re considering onto a wall in your home.  Or, if you aren’t ready to paint this weekend, find a large piece of cardboard to paint so you don’t have a big square of paint on your wall until you actually get around to painting.

It’s key to paint two coats and let it dry for at least two hours—that way you’ll get a true color sample (one coat would be too light, and paint changes in appearance from when it’s wet to when it’s dry). Then wait a day or so to see how the color changes in various lighting situations. See how the color looks in morning light, afternoon sunshine and artificial lighting at night. You want to make sure that you like the color throughout the day and that it works for that space with different light sources.  And if you decided to paint a piece of cardboard or other item you can put it up to different walls and see how the light hits that color from different directions as well.

Wet sampling also gives you an opportunity to see how your top paint choices look with your furniture, floor, wall hangings, window coverings and other décor in the room. This knowledge will help you make your final paint selection with confidence.

If you’re ready to spruce up a room in your home and update it with a new color, there are lots of resources available to help you. Before you know it, you’ll have a new look and a new appreciation for a space in your home.

~mg

Rendering: http://www.behance.net/gallery/ARCHITECTUREINTERIOR-DRAWINGS/1196301

Rendering: http://www.behance.net/gallery/ARCHITECTUREINTERIOR-DRAWINGS/1196301

 

There are many advantages to an open floor plan—but figuring out how to paint such a large space can be a challenge.

When you’re choosing a color scheme for an open floor plan, start by thinking about the colors that you love—what speaks to you and makes you happy. Next think of the space and what atmosphere you’re trying to create—cozy and warm, cool and clean or fresh and light. Think about the furniture, floor coverings and other items in the room and your purpose for the space. It’s a good idea to choose your color so that it will complement existing furnishings.

When it comes to painting, there are a couple of strategies to follow. One strategy is to choose varying shades of your favorite and have the color change at a doorway, corner, staircase or other transitional spot within the open floor plan. Help the space look and feel cohesive by keeping the same color on trim, doors, windows, baseboards, molding and wainscoting.

A second option is to choose a neutral paint color, add one complementary darker color and have your favorite color come into play as a bright accent color. A neutral could be warmer or cooler beiges, various shades of grays, browns and whites. Your pops of color can be anything from a claret red to a sky blue, kelly green to a burnt orange, with pillows, throws, and other accents in the room incorporating the color as well.

Next, look at all of the options for hues, shades and tints within your favorites. When you have your top choices picked out, go home with paint chips or swatches and look at the colors at different times of day, next to each other and in both natural and artificial lighting.

When you’ve narrowed down your choices further, paint your top two or three colors on a large piece of cardboard or on a square directly on the walls in your home. Once the colors are dry, check them again in lighting throughout the day. That should help you finalize your choice.

For more interior paint tips, visit your local Miller Paint store—there are plenty of experts on hand to give you pointers that will help you create the space that’s perfect for you and your home.

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.

 

Is white the way to go?

If you have a smaller room in your home and you want to make it appear more spacious, you might assume that white would do the trick. However, that’s not necessarily the case.

According to color experts, a small room that is painted white can end up looking dirty and dingy. Blame the lighting—in dim light, shadows can be created that make the room feel smaller and more closed in, the opposite of what you want. Color can actually help a room appear bigger.

white wall

One option is painting your small space a saturated color, which can give it a feeling of grandeur and drama. The corners disappear visually, allowing the room to feel more spacious.

If color intimidates you, you can also try the opposite and pick a neutral—other than white—that is warmer in tone. That gives the space a feeling of continuity, making the background disappear and the furnishings become the focus.

If you do decide to paint with a color, it’s important to look at your top choices in the different light that comes into the room before you paint it. Get samples from your paint store and then observe patiently in different lighting throughout the day. See what the paint looks like in the morning light versus the afternoon light. Inspect the color and how it changes when it’s dark outside and your artificial lights are on.

It can be really fun to redecorate a room and choose a new paint color. You might be surprised by how one can of paint can make an entire room feel airier, bigger and more enjoyable!

~mg

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.

Paint color can transform and revitalize your home. Color can be used to engage and create welcoming home environments. One way to do this is with proper proportions of different hues and shades of color. Color Guild advises on how much color to use when painting a room.

60:30:10 rule

It's about proportion and balance

 

The 60:30:10 color palette theory is one of the basic rules to having a harmonies end result.

Color is one opportunity where it’s OK to play favorites. After using a test board to decide which three hues will best complement the room, decide which color will be the dominant. Equal amounts of every color in your scheme will result in a spotty visual view. Even proportions of color surprisingly result in a more unbalanced look.

After choosing three shades, break them down into the 60:30:10 rule for a cohesive look — 60 percent dominant color, 30 percent secondary color and 10 percent accent color. This idea can be translated to the relatable cohesion of an outfit: 60 percent is invested one hue, unifying all three. The 30 percent provides visual interest, with shoes and a handbag. The 10 percent, the jewelry, provides the sparkling details.

So, when painting a particular room, divide the colors proportionally in this way:
60 percent of a dominant color
30 percent of a secondary color
10 percent of an accent color

What other painting rules do you follow?

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.

 

Why don’t my printer colors match my monitor? Why doesn’t my TV have a yellow adjustment? Welcome to the confusing world of what makes color what it is. I was taught that the primary colors were red, yellow and blue and that black is the absence of color and white is the presence of all colors, were you? When I became an adult and entered the enlightened age I found out it was all lies, well maybe not lies, but at least misconceptions.  As it turns out the red, yellow and blue thing was true for most of the applications that I use, such as paint, but in that theory, also known as subtractive color theory, white is the lack of color, not the presence of all color. Subtractive color is the theory that applies to paint, plastic and die and most opaque finishes.

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Now light theory, the one used for TV, video, monitors has another set of primaries and it is called additive color theory because all color ads up to equal white. Ha! That is the one they tried to pass off as subtractive color theory in grade school. Light color theory primaries are red, green and blue, note that it does not include yellow that is why you can’t find a yellow adjustment on your TV.

 

Now I will throw in another confusing set of primaries, printing uses four primaries, CYMK or to the layman they are C for Cyan (a blue green), Y for Yellow and M is for Magenta (a blue cast red) and K is for Black. Notice I stuck that K in there to confuse you? In printing K indicated the key plate or the black plate as basic printing has a plate for each color. Printing primaries are also subtractive color theory but are complements of Additive color theory, Red, Green and Blue.

 

Armed with this knowledge you can see (maybe not so easily) why you can’t match a magazine photo to a paint color, a picture on your computer screen to your printer or any combination of theories you may encounter. The technology is getting better each day so there is hope, hopefully understanding the basics will help you show off the next time you visit a paint store and explain to the person standing next to you at the paint chip display what makes those beautiful colors.

 

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.