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Color Theory for Choosing Paint [Video]


The weekend’s almost here. I’m Robin with Front Door Friday. The world is a rainbow of hues, shades, and tints. Color is everywhere. Is there a right color for your front door?

What’s your favorite color? It seems like such a simple question, but isn’t it hard to choose? The possibilities are endless. Let’s explore color and how to use it. We probably all remember learning the color wheel in art class. This is a very helpful tool in understanding how to mix and blend hues.

Every color comes from three primary colors, red, blue and yellow. Secondary colors are a mix of two primary colors. I’ll make orange with red and yellow. Or blue and yellow make green.

A tertiary color is a mix of one primary and one secondary color. Green and red makes brown. An easy way to learn is to get out some cheap paints and start mixing. I learn better by doing.

Colors play off each other in different ways. There is no right or wrong, but there is a basic concept that might help you choose a palette. The first rule of color harmony is to build around one main hue. Then add accents. Lighting is a big factor.

Shaded areas will make hues appear stronger and more saturated. The colors play off each other so consider the walls and the surroundings when making a choice. There’s psychology to color. Yes, what you choose tells a lot about you. And what you choose can affect the mood and atmosphere in a room. Blues are calming, tranquil and restful.

Rich reds and golds represent traditional taste and stability. Try a color quiz online and find your perfect match. That’s it for this week’s Front Door Friday. I encourage you to step out and try some front door decorating this weekend. To learn more, check out the Country Door Blog. And I’ll see you next Friday.

Happy decorating and God bless!

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