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Choosing the Right Colour


Natural stone comes in an endless assortment of colours and choosing the right one can be a hard task. Homeowners regularly want to match their new flooring and worktops to things they already have, or to their existing colour schemes. While this may sound like a reasonable approach, it’s good to keep in mind that items can all always be changed, and colour schemes changed quickly and most of the time at a low cost to totally change the look of a room.

It’s good, when choosing something as significant as flooring or countertops, to think again about the complete room. Think of it as a nice change than of what it currently is and how you can fit in the new colours into it, but of what the room could be. Spending a couple of thousand on natural stone worktops, it is a easy thing to re-decorate the room, changing handles on interior doors and cabinets doors, working this way at first takes some time, but when you take this approach, you will end up with a much more organized and professional look.

Colours play an impressive role in setting the mood of an environment. As a common rule, cool colours (blues and greens) tend to make a room feel more spacious and formal and cold, while warm colours (reds, yellows, and browns) lend a warmer at home feeling.

Consider not only the colour of the paint and stone, but the lighting, of the room. If it is a north-facing room, it will tend to feel cooler merely because of the way the natural light enters the room. South and west-facing rooms will feel warmer, as light can be balanced by choosing colours on the other side of the spectrum. If your living room faces west and receives the yellow and red light in the last half of a day, but you desire a more stylish look, selecting a paint and stone with a green or blue tint will help bring the room into balance.

For many rooms, start by selecting a colour of stone that you like. Do not panic about how it might fit into your room. It’s going to work better for you to worry more about fitting the room to the stone later. Choose a stone that you think is stunning, in spite of of whether it matches the colour of your kitchen cabinets or walls. You will be far more content, in the end, by choosing a naturally stone that you simply admire, rather than choosing a colour or style because you think it will match.

Once you have selected your natural stone, visualize what colours will look good on the walls. Selecting a colour within the same colour family will help the room blend into itself, and the resulting consistency will give it a relaxing feel. This is called monochromatic colour theory, and it tends to create a nice ambience of warmth and calm stylishness.

Selecting colours that are neighbouring to the stone’s colour on a colour chart is called analogous colour theory, and is alike to monochromatic theory. It produces a delicate feeling, as long as one colour on the walls, as an example is to select this as the dominant colour, and the rest of the room (stone, floor, and accent pieces) are allowed to enrich the dominant colour.

Choosing a complimentary colour scheme colours opposite each other on the colour chart will give a  room a sense of movement and difference. It looks good when the dominant colour walls and floor is cool, and the accents are warmer. Cool accents in a warm room tend to look ill at ease. Because of the strong contrast produced by a flattering colour selection, a lot of designers select to use the colours just adjacent to the flattering colour, rather than the flattering itself. This can help soften the effect.

A triadic colour scheme use three colours spaced at an equally distance on the colour chart. This scheme tends to make a room look pleasant, consistent, and level.

Because stone is a natural produce, it will likely contain lots of colours. This is particularly true in slates and some granites. In these instances, it is quite acceptable to draw the colours for the room from the palette of the colours presented in the granite. Then, it is the granite that serves as the matching feature in the room, and makes it the feature of the room.

Some common rules on selecting shades of colour the lightness or darkness of a particular colour is that darker shades make a room feel small, and lighter shades make it feel large. Remarkable changes in colour value in different parts of a room can make its figure feel changed. A kitchen with a darker stone on the floor, but with lighter walls and a white ceiling, will make the ceiling feel more elevated than it actually is. On the other hand, dark coloured walls with a light stone on the floor will bring the apparent height of the ceiling down, making the room feel shorter and smaller.

Keep in mind that, when trying to select a colour shade to go with your stone, even the smallest example of natural stone will be full of a wide range of colours. So there is no need to take hours between choosing to very close colours. Similarly, taking a sample piece of stone to a paint store is not at all times a good idea. The stone tile you hold may have a great deal larger amount of dark browns, while the tile in the box beneath it is more or less completely light.

Colour theory can be daunting for many people. Fortunately, there are dozens of books available which can guide you through the procedure. If you are uncertain check with a decorator. But rest assured the most vivid thing you can do to a room is change the paint on the walls, and if you do not like your first selection, you can always repaint. It will not break the bank but might take a little time.

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