Posts Tagged ‘chromatic color’

A hot trend these days is color blocking which uses solid colors combined in interesting color combinations. This style is clean and simple and uses solid colors rather than patterns.

This trend can find its roots in the art of Mondrian, an early 20th century artist, that used bold colors surrounded by bold black borders. The trend is hot now in fashion in clothing and shoes and is filtering into the home furnishings market.

Color blocking can be achieved in many different ways. Here solid colors of paint or fabric are applied to a wall to create an exciting and modern room scheme.

You can also accomplish a color blocked room using solid color pillows combined with brightly colored ottomans.

This bright room was created using paint of several different bright colors. This room has a lot of energy because of the use of high chroma colors and a combination of warm and cool colors.

Color blocking does not have to be bold, but can use pastels to complete an interesting color scheme. This room uses the opposite and complementary colors of pink and lime with a soothing yellow for the spread and a soft pink for the walls. Pattern is used minimally on the pillows so as to not distract from the simplicity of the room.


  1. Never choose a color when judged in store light environments. Most stores used fluorescent light because of the energy savings. Most likely you do not have the same light source in the room you are planning to paint. Take the store sample/chip home and view it in the light source in which it will be used. Check it at all times of the day to make sure it is the color you want.
  2. Never compare a paint chip to another paint chip for direction. Often people pick a color from a color display and compare it another color in that display and assume the hue is correct. For example, they see two beiges, beige #1 and beige #2, next to each other and select the one they see as yellower, beige #2 and that is what they are looking for. But it is only yellower against beige #1, and that does not mean that it is as yellow as they want. If beige #1 is really red almost anything against it will appear yellow. This is the most common color mistake I see and often results in people seeing“pink” beige, entirely not what they want, not in an interior but especially not on an exterior.
  3. Never go to the paint store unprepared. Take samples of everything you can that will be used in the room. If you can’t take a sample, like a carpet color, find something that color you can use such as another paint chip or a matching piece of fabric.
  4. Choosing colors that are too bright is a common mistake. The size of the wall, exposure to light, nearby colors and other situations can make a color appear to be too bright. It would be better to by a larger sample and try it out on your wall, if it is too bright then you may want to step back and make it lighter or less chromatic/more muted.
  5. Choosing colors that are safe and reliable will make rooms that are safe and often boring. Get out of the beige rut and pick a color with some spunk. You don’t have to go bright or outrageous; just pick a color with a little personality. Try a hue influenced neutral, a gray with a green undertone or beige with a little more orange in it to pump up your room design.
  6. Never pick a paint color first. Paint should be the last thing you pick for a room design. It is available in thousands of hues and shades whereas carpet, tile, wood and textiles do not have that advantage.
  7. Always choose and view exterior colors outside. Sunlight has a tendency to make light colors wash out and appear lighter but bright, deep colors can appear to be much brighter and chromatic. Dusty greens and blues will appear to be a lot less dusty and probably not what you want.
  8. Some paint colors should not be used in certain rooms. For example, green is a bad color for a bathroom as it is not flattering to the complexion.  Yellow green is also a bad bathroom color unless it is very light. These colors can be used in moderation in bathrooms but keep it to a minimum.
  9. Another mistake is forgetting that the ceiling can be painted another color besides white and off white. While it is true that white is very reflective, there are other light colors that can reflect almost the same amount of light, such as pale yellows, golds and even blues.  Ceilings can be painted deeper, more dramatic colors in rooms where light is not of utmost importance, such as bedrooms.
  10. Pick colors that relate to the mood you want to emphasize in your room. Generally cool colors are calm and serene. Cool colors include blue, green and blue green. Warm colors are inviting, and in deeper hues that can be quite exciting, such as in the case of reds, yellows and oranges.
Color Maniacs Color Combinations

Color Maniacs Color Combinations

Many people think of neutrals as non color, basically the only non colors are black and white and the grays in between that contain no hint of a hue. But as colors move away from neutral they start to show signs of hues within them. These hue influenced neutrals can be mixed and coordinated in the same way that other more chromatic colors can.

This combination is based on using opposite or complementary colors, those that mix warm and cool colors, in this case warm neutrals and cool neutrals. The colors names were chosen to give you the idea of elegant and luxurious destinations. Whether they are real or imagined you think of exotic places where you can be pampered and enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sun set.

Pat Verlodt