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Always remember to look at your house as a whole, and have a good idea how you want each room to look. You want the colors to flow into each other as you walk through your house. At the same time, you don't have to paint every room the same color. Carefully consider the mood you want to set in each room, and balance it with the overall feel of the house.
The type of light you have in your room can make a huge difference in the actual color of the paint when it is on the walls. There are three types of light that can affect color:
Natural light shows the truest color of the paint on a wall.
Incandescent light brings out the warm tones and yellows in the color.
Fluorescent light casts sharp blue tones on color.
When choosing a paint color, you need to keep in mind what type of light is in each room you are decorating and how it is going to affect the color you have chosen. If you have fluorescent lighting and have chosen a blue paint color, when you get the paint on the walls it may not be the same blue color you were expecting. If possible, hold up color samples in the room you want to paint, and see how the samples look with the room lighting.
Know your colors
The next thing to do is to learn the color terms. Knowing the terms will help you understand color, and how different things can affect the different colors. This will enable you to choose paint color easier. A few color terms you might want to know are:
Hue - another word for color
Value - how dark or light the hue is
Saturation - how dominant the hue is. For example, red is more dominant and pink is less dominant
Intensity - the brilliance of the color. The stronger or more intense the color is, the more dominant it is.
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