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How to Choose Color for the Showroom & Furniture Collections

August 25, 2008

Choosing a paint color for your showroom or choosing a color for a furniture collection can be a daunting assignment. There are some people who have an innate perception about color and some who do not feel comfortable making this type of choice. For this segment of the population there are helpful tools that make the decision process easier. A color wheel, developed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666, based on the primary colors of red, yellow and blue, is the starting place for choosing color.

First, you should decide on a color scheme and then the color wheel is a wonderful tool to help you actually select which color to use. Some of the most common color schemes are based on analogous colors, any combination of colors which are side by side on the color wheel such as yellow-green, yellow orange, or one based on complementary colors which are any two colors directly opposite each other on the wheel, such as red and green or violet and yellow. You can also create more colors by blending the colors next to one another. A monochromatic color scheme uses the same color with different values (lightness and darkness). Another color scheme that you might like to consider is called a split complementary, which starts by choosing two opposing colors and then adding a third color, one that is positioned next to one of the first two colors.

Once you determine which type of color scheme that you want to use the next step is to actually select your color of choice as a starting place on the color wheel. It is important to remember that not all of the colors need to be used equally. You can have diversified amounts of each color. Simply pick one of the colors to stand out as the principal color.

Whichever color you choose it is important to create a sense of harmony. Harmony is a pleasing agreement or arrangement of parts, whether it be music, or color. Just as music in harmony is visually pleasing so are colors in harmony with one another.

So the next time you are trying to decide which fabric to choose for a furniture collection or what colors to paint your showroom walls consider using the color wheel as a helpful tool.

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