Selecting Paint Colors for Your Home: Hacking the Color Wheel

With regards to projects around the house, whether dealing with a professional or doing it yourself, the the one that sends most homeowner’s stress levels incredible is the selection of paint colors. How to Hack Choices Stories You Play

A good friend recently shared the storyline of his sister and her paint selection saga. Following loving the three shades he had used in his living room, his sister decided that it was time she paint her living and eating out rooms. Since she was very fond of the colors employed by her close friend it seemed a reasonably straight-forward that she’d choose a shade or two from the same color along with painting would occur. 3 years later she is still setting up samples then standing and staring with eyes wide in fear; fearful that she will make a mistake. Her brother refuses to get into her home until this madness is concluded which, I’m certain, only provides fuel to her fire of insecurity. 

While extreme, this story represents the all too familiar look of fear shared by home-owners when it’s time to paint them of a room in their house. Baffled by where to start, nervous about picking something that everyone will hate and in some way convinced that the safety of the free world rides on this one single decision; it’s no wonder that folks are paralyzed by paint.

As with most fears, rational or reasonless, prevailing over them is a process. For those DIY’s who want to feel more confident about their bed room colors decisions I’d like to introduce you to Colour Wheel.

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A color wheel is merely that–a wheel of colors that help you understand and quickly see (rather than guessing) how different shades look together. Becoming comfortable holding and by using a color wheel will help you to see how colors relate to the other person quickly and efficiently.

The basic principles are like this; 12 colors – the primary colors (red, yellow and blue), the secondary colors (colors you get by combining the primary colors such as orange, purple and green) and the tertiary colors (the results of mixing primary and supplementary colors (red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green, yellow-green, yellow-orange, red-orange).

With thousands of paint colors on the market you might still be ruffled when trying to see those colors available to you while by using a basic color wheel. In that case run to your paint resource store and ask if they may have their own wheel. Many color manufacturers create color rims utilizing their own colors. This can put you ahead of the game particularly if you’re being comfortable with the fundamental idea.

The more comfortable you feel playing with the color wheel (yes, play with it… you’re not doing brain-surgery) the more fun you should have picking perfect paint colors for each and every room of your home.