Picking your colors

Picking Your

ColorsSelecting paint colors is the first step in getting a painting job started.  Below are some handy links to paint manufacturer's color chips.  Now a days, one can remain in the comfort of one's home to pick colors.  Many people don't think they have the skills to pick their own paint colors.  Spend some time in the color selector links below and you will be surprised at how easy picking color can be.    


Many painting contractors, Interior designers and interior decorators use these links to select their colors. By using these links, you will have access to tools that design professionals use.  If you would like to hold a physical color chip in your hand, know that most paint manufacturer's web sites have a place to order the physical color chips.  You can pick them up at the paint store, but most will mail them to you at minimal or no cost.   


Numerous paint companies have online color visualizers in addition to these online color chips.   You can use theirs as offered, or you can upload your room photos and color them in on your own.  Here is a list of some paint companies with color visualizers and their links.  Your local paint dealer should be able to make and match any color from these sites.   


Pictures of your rooms made on the color visualizers may be printed out for free.  For optimum color viewing, make sure your monitor is properly color calibrated.   


1.  Benjamin Moore     http://www.benjaminmoore.com/bmpsweb/portals/bmps.portal?_nfpb=true&np=public_site/articles/application_article/app_colorExplorerTool&_pageLabel=fa_profresources#&ce_vm=0 


2.  Farrow & Ball        http://www.farrow-ball.com/colours/paint/fcp-category/list?resetFilters=true 


3.  Sherwin Williams    http://www.sherwin-williams.com/pro/paint_colors/explore/color/


4.  DunnEdwards       http://www.dunnedwards.com/PaintingContractors/ExploreColor/ExploreThePerfectPalette/ExplorethePerfectPalette.aspx


5.  Glidden Paints       http://glidden.com/color/color-palette.do 


6.  Behr Paints           http://www.behr.com/Behr/home


7.  Pratt & Lambert     http://www.prattandlambert.com/prattapp/color_visualizer


8.  Pittsburg Paints      http://www.ppgpittsburghpaints.com/our_colors/interactive-palette.htm


9. Valspar Paint        http://www.valsparpaint.com/en/explore-colors/color-selector/index.html


10.  Cabot Stains        http://www.cabotstain.com/colors-and-finishes/families/Solids-Colors.html 


11.  Kelly-Moore         http://kellymoore.autech.com.au/kellymoore/colorcenter/


12.  Devoe Paints       http://www.icipaints.com/colourtools/en_US_DV/css/schemer.html?showPath=1&dreamSaveURL=http://devoe.com/Jahia/imageSaverKey&Height=400&Width=300


13.  Dutch Boy Paints   http://www.dutchboy.com/colors/ 


14.  Vasari Plaster    http://www.vasariplaster.com/plaster-stucco-gallery/gallery-veneziano.html


15.  Vella Venetian Plaster   http://www.vellaplaster.com/colors.asp


16.  Fine Paints of Europe   http://www.finepaintsofeurope.com/classic_wall_colors.aspx


17.  Pantone Colors   http://www.pantone.com/pages/paint/paintselector.aspx


18.  Cabbot Stains     http://www.cabotstain.com/colors-and-finishes/families/Ready-Mix-Colors.html


19.  Old Fashioned Milk Paint   http://www.milkpaint.com/color.html


20.  Paint Quality Intsitute Color Designer (Excellent color visualizer tool)  http://www.paintquality.com/index.html


21.  Glidden Professional   http://www.gliddenprofessional.com/colorSelector1


22.  Olympic    http://www.olympic.com/lowes/paint-color-sample-selector/paint-color-sample-selector.aspx


23.  Martin Senour Paints   http://www.martinsenour.com/pdf/MSP_Exterior_Collection.pdf


24.  Yolo Colorhouse   http://www.yolocolorhouse.com/color/the-earths-color-collection-inside/


25.  Masterchem   http://www.masterchem.com/masterchem/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=d72e8fb3e5c49210VgnVCM100000176310acRCRD


26.  American Clay Plasters    http://www.wix.com/americanclay/new#!__colorfamilies


27.  Rodda Paint    http://www.roddapaint.com/diy/white-base/paint-color-palette.aspx


28.  AFM Safecoat    http://www.daylightcolor.com/csl/index.php?c=11 


29.  Desert sealer  http://www.desertbrand.com/images/ClassicSealerColorChart.pdf


30.  Minwax   http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains-color-guide/
 



The psychology of color: 


Color has immense significance in our lives. Whether it’s a red stop sign, or a dream dominated by blue skies, color speaks to us in more ways than one. Explore your favorite colors in the color links above. Remember to keep your favorites in mind while you’re choosing the color for your space. Keep notes and mark down color numbers and manufacturers for future reference.  Your color choices and how you color your space reflects on you and your taste.   Painting your rooms with the right colors creates the right feel and atmosphere in your space.  


Our personal and cultural associations affect our experience of color. Colors are seen as warm or cool mainly because of long-held and often universal associations. Yellow, orange and red are associated with the heat of sun and fire; blue, green and violet with the coolness of leaves, sea and the sky. Warm colors seem closer to the viewer than cool colors, but vivid cool colors can overwhelm light and subtle warm colors. Using warm colors for foreground and cool colors for background enhances the perception of depth. 


Although red, yellow and orange are in general considered high-arousal colors and blue, green and most violets are low-arousal hues, the brilliance, darkness and lightness of a color can alter the psychological message. While a light blue-green appears to be tranquil, wet and cool, a brilliant turquoise, often associated with a lush tropical ocean setting, will be more exciting to the eye. The psychological association of a color is often more meaningful than the visual experience. 


Colors act upon the body as well as the mind. Red has been shown to stimulate the senses and raise the blood pressure, while blue has the opposite effect and calms the mind. 


Studies have found people gamble more and make riskier bets when seated under a red light as opposed to a blue light. That's why Las Vegas is the city of red neon. 


An executive received complaints from workers in a blue office that the office was too cold. When the offices were painted a warm peach, the sweaters came off even though the temperature had not changed. 


WARM COLORS

Colors in the red, orange and yellow families are referred to as "warm" colors since they evoke images associated with heat, like fire or sunshine. As a result they make us feel warm in a psychological sense.

Red

This powerful color increases blood pressure and heart rate. It often produces feelings of intimacy, energy, passion and sexuality. It also stimulates the appetite and is often used in restaurants and is an excellent choice for dining rooms in the home. 


 Orange 

 Like red, orange warms a room but in a less dramatic and passionate way. The mood and attitude of orange is more friendly than fiery; more welcoming than seductive. Orange works well in living rooms and family rooms and is also a good choice for children's bedrooms. 


Yellow 

Yellow grabs attention and catches the eye like no other color, hence the use of yellow highlighters in offices. In poorly lit foyers and hallways, yellow shows the way. In their bedrooms, elderly people report that yellow lifts their mood. But bright yellow can be too strong and may actually cause anxiety in infants, young children and the elderly. 


COOL COLORS 

Blues, greens, violets and their intermediates are considered cool colors because of their references to pastoral landscapes and ocean vistas. When we look at these colors they elicit feelings of peace, tranquility and relaxation. 


 Blue 

 Soothing blue is an ideal bedroom color choice for adults and children. But that same blue that lulls us to sleep also suppresses our appetites, possibly because there are very few naturally blue foods. Put blue to bed, but try and keep it out of the dining room.  In Greece, blue is said to ward off the "evil eye."  In the American flag, blue signifies justice, perseverance, and vigilance.  Blue is beautiful and is sure to bring a cool relaxation into your space.   


Green 

As the dominant color in nature, we are at home with green anywhere in the house. Light greens work well in baths and living rooms; mid-range greens are a great accent for kitchens and dining rooms. The calming effect of green makes it popular in hospitals, schools and work environments. 


Violet 

Despite the favorable response violet elicits in children, many adults dislike purples, with rosier shades of violet being somewhat more appealing. Children's bedrooms and play areas may be good places to experiment with this color family.  


Purple

Purple has often been called a royal color.  Purple dye was originally made from mollusks, making it very expensive to produce; thus the association of purple with royalty.  According to color theory, purple in a child's room is said to increase imagination.  With both a mystical and a royal connotation, purple can set a regal tone.   


NEUTRAL COLORS 


White 

White symbolizes freshness, purity, and cleanliness. White is always safe color to choose: It is a great offset to any other color you use it with. As an exterior color, white is versatile and will beautify almost any surface. 


Black

Black is an authoritative classic color that conveys sophistication. Black provides a neutral yet strong counterpoint to any color you choose. Black is a great color for exterior woodwork like trim, shutters, doors, and wrought iron. 


Brown 

Brown is known as an earth tone/nature color, it goes with everything and is a true classic choice. It is a color associated with quality, reliability and friendship.  Decorating with Brown creates a sense of cozy refinement on interior spaces.  Brown is a great color to live and work around. Red-browns look very informal. Dark browns look more refined. Brown works well with green in an exterior color scheme.  Beiges and tans are easy neutrals that can be used on most large wall surfaces. The color brown is associated with natural, organic or wholesome products.  Brown is a color that puts people at ease and is very welcoming.    


Metallic Colors
Metallic paints have a sheen that brings luxurious sophistication to whatever wall, ceiling, or trim surface they they are painted on.  They must be sprayed to achieve the desired finish.  Brushing them on doesn't give the desired smooth sheen effect that they require.