[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, I’m Noelle Parks,
interior designer, and welcome to
Dunn-Edwards Paints’s “How to Paint” video series. Choosing paint colors for your
home can be quite a challenge. While you may feel overwhelmed
with so many color choices that you don’t even
know where to begin, starting with some
basic color concepts will help you find
the right color. In this video, we’ll
share tips for selecting the perfect color that’s
right for you and your space. First, let’s take a look
at the psychology of color and how you can use it to
make color selection easier. When looking at a
color palette, there are warm tones and cool
tones throughout the palette. Warm and cool tones
evoke certain moods in a room that are good
basic rules to consider when choosing color. Warm tones include reds,
oranges, and yellows. These colors are
energetic, playful, and full of action and life. Red, the hottest
of the warm tones, is the most passionate
of all colors. Orange is a conversation color. It’s used a lot in
kitchens and dining areas. Yellow, a bright
and cheerful color, can liven up the dullest room. Now, cool tones are the
opposite of warm tones. These colors inspire
relaxation and meditation. They include greens, blues,
indigos, and violets. Green, the color of nature,
is a calming, cool color great for bedrooms and baths. Blue, my favorite color
and the color of the ocean, brings out thoughts of
spas and calming places. Purple and indigo are more
spiritual and thoughtful. These hues are great
for meditation rooms. White represents purity,
peace, and intellect. These in proportion to
other elements in the room, it’s great for office spaces and
areas where you need to think. Blacks and browns
are grounding colors. These colors are used in various
shades throughout the home. Now, let’s look at the
function of the room when choosing color. Most homes have the
basic rooms we are all used to, like living
rooms or family rooms, dining rooms and kitchens,
or bedrooms and bathrooms. And some larger
homes have offices. A number of concepts
apply to color selection for many different reasons. Your decision to work to
a color palette dominated by warm, cool, or
neutral tones can be influenced by several factors. For example, the climate
where you live– warm colors are generally more acceptable in
cold climates and cooler colors in warmer regions. Also, the orientation
of your windows– a south-facing orientation will
suggest a cool to neutral color preference, while a northern
orientation suggests the use of a warmer color. Activity is another factor. Warmer colors tend to favor
activity and stimulation, while neutral and cooler colors
favor calm and contemplation. These effects increase in
proportion to the intensity of the color used. Individual preference is another
important influence, too. Rooms used by one
person will most likely show that person’s
particular taste, while rooms used
by several people need to meet the needs of
a variety of preferences. So many people may stay
away from intense colors in these rooms. Remember, these
are general tips, not hard and fast
rules to live by. Have fun choosing color
and go with your instincts. Now, consider some
of these basic rules to start confidently
building your color palette. Rule number one,
do your research. Look at magazines,
pull paint swatches, and match the colors for all the
existing pieces in your home, from your artwork, rugs,
sofas, fabrics, and drapery. You’ll want to determine
what features are already in your room that you
would consider permanent. For example, look at the
floors, cabinets, tile, window treatments, and any
large pieces of furniture. Note the main colors that
exist in these features and use them as a guide. Dunn-Edwards also offers
an online color tool called Explore the
Perfect Palette, which allows you to create
and save your favorite color schemes. You could even apply colors
to a photo of an interior to see how the color will
look in an actual setting. And once you’ve
selected your color, you can order
color chips online. Rule number two, look at
the lighting in your room. Many times, in choosing
the correct shade of color, lighting is a deciding factor. If a room gets
little natural light, you may want to
lighten up the room and paint it a
light, cool color. If a room gets a
lot of sun and you want to make the
room more serene, consider painting it a
deeper, richer color. Rule number three, don’t assume
that the color on the paint chips will look the
same on your walls. Also, don’t assume
that the color that you see in
your friend’s home will look the same in yours. You may have different
lighting, flooring, furnishings, and also consider all the
architectural details. Rule number four, be sure
to test the paint samples. Live with the color on
the wall before committing to a full room of the color. Visit your neighborhood
Dunn-Edwards Paints store and select from
hundreds of color chips that are in the color
range that you want. Don’t limit yourself
to one or two, as they may look different
once you take them home. Once you pare down
your color choices, you’ll want to
select at least three to four colors in
that same range to test the paint before
you paint the entire room. So now, we’re getting
ready to paint this room. So I brought this little guy,
the Dunn-Edwards eight-ounce Perfect Palette Sampler. It’s the perfect amount
that you need in order to see exactly how the
colors you’ve selected will look before
you begin painting. Each eight-ounce sample
covers about a four-foot by four-foot area with
two coats of paint. Paint a two-foot by
two-foot sample area of each color on your wall, be
sure to use at least two coats of paint to ensure
the best color, and then live with the
color for a few days. See how it looks and feels
at different times of day and at night. See how the lighting
in your house and all the surrounding colors
affect your color choices. Does one appeal to
you more than another? Next step, get inspired. Inspiration is personal to
each of us in our homes. It can come from
anywhere, such as your art collections, draperies,
a favorite area rug, or even magazines. Lastly, remember
that color’s fun. To learn more about
paint and painting, watch the other “How
to Paint” videos on dunnedwards.com/videos. For Dunn-Edwards Paints,
I’m Noelle Parks. Thanks for watching
and happy painting.