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Painting your home

When it comes to designing the interior of your home, a key element is choosing the right colour scheme for each room in your home. When you plan on painting the walls and ceilings in your new home, it would be very helpful to brush up on some basic information about colours.

We all know that colours are made up of three primary colours or hues, in various combinations — red, blue and green. We also know that secondary colours are made up from mixing these primary colours. What makes our world so colourful are the tints, tones, values and shades of the basic key hues.
Given below are some terms used regarding colours in Home Painting:

• Hue is another word for colour.
• Tint means the pure colour mixed with white. For example, red mixed with white produces different kinds of reds and pinks.
• Tone of a colour means that the pure colour is mixed with grey.
• Value of a colour means the lightness and darkness of a shade achieved by the sheer or deeper application of the colour.
• Shade of a colour means that the pure colour is mixed with black.

When it comes time to painting your walls and ceilings or deciding on a colour scheme for your home décor, it is always helpful to collect chips and swatches of your favorite colours and mix and match until you decide what colours look good together. Home furnishings are a great way to add colour and texture to your home and can be moved easily too.

Choosing the right colour scheme
Colour scheme helps you create harmony between colours in your home décor. A colour wheel can be quite useful in deciding a colour scheme for your home because it allows you to compare complimentary colours. There are also plenty of interactive colour wheel tools and software available online for you to use. The use of a colour wheel makes choosing the combination of colours for painting your walls, accents, furnishings, furniture and accessories much easier.

Here are some tips that you can use to help you decide the right colour scheme for your home:

• Monochromatic colour scheme uses only one colour throughout. Variety is introduced by using various tints, tones, values and shades of that key colour and different textures.
• Complimentary colour scheme uses two colours placed opposite to each other on the colour wheel, their tints, tones, shades and values such as yellow and violet. This scheme is quite bold and lend a dramatic touch to the home décor.

• Analogous colour schemes use three hues placed adjacent to each other on the colour wheel but use either combination of warm colours only or combination of cool colours only.
• Triadic colour schemes use three hues placed consecutively or at equal distances from each other such as red, yellow and blue, their tints, tones, shades and values.
• Keep in mind when choosing your colour scheme that white and pale colours reflect light to make a room appear larger and dark colours make a room appear cozier and smaller.
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Ar Shahdad Karim B Arch FIIA, graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from College of Engineering, Trivandrum (CET), University of Kerala, took his Post Graduation in Construction Management from National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR), Pune and a Diploma in Project Management from TAFE, Australia.