Thursday, June 11, 2009

Natural Stone Purchase Guide: Selecting The Right Color

One of the main concerns of an interior designer is to match the color of the stones with the overall color scheme of the room. Often there are plenty of shades and it becomes extremely difficult to choose one particular color from the lot. When you choose the countertop or the stones for flooring, imagine the way you want your room to look like. Once you have a mental picture, it is easier to change the paint to match the color of the stone. After all you will be spending thousands of dollars for the stone countertop. Instead of making any changes there, you can always repaint the walls which will be a smarter and definitely less expensive proposition.

First you need to conceptualize the décor of the room. Reinventing it according to the design will be an easier task. This may sound intimidating, but once you take up the job, you will find that colors actually play a significant role in changing the overall look of the room. It reflects the mood of the room and displays the personality of the homeowner. Blues and greens are generally considered as cool colors. A shade of blue will make the room look spacious and to some extent formal. Pastel shades exude a sense of happy and cheerful mood. Reds, browns and yellows extend a feel of coziness. Any change in the color of the room can dramatically change the mood.

Often a north-facing room has more sunlight and they are considered airy. So are the rooms which face eastward. In case of west-facing rooms, you will feel warm. Often a design prevents entering of natural light in the room. In order to balance the absence of light, you can choose colors which are on the opposite spectrum. If the living room faces west, and one can see red and yellow light during sunset, then, you can choose the stones and paints in shades of green and blue to bring a look of sophistication.

You can change the paint of the room any day. It is better to select the color of the stones. If the color of the stone matches the paint of the wall, there will be sense of blending which exudes a comfortable feel. This is popularly known as monochromatic color theory. This definitely looks elegant. Another color scheme is known as analogous color theory. The walls are generally painted in a rich shade and this is known as the dominant color. The rest of the room like the accent pieces, floor and the color of the stone are used in such way so that it enriches the dominant shade.

When you are choosing a complimentary color scheme, you are choosing opposite colors which display a sense of contrast and motion. The dominant color scheme like that on the floor and the wall can be cool, but the accents are painted in warm shades. It is the contrasting effect which brings out the mood of the room. For a triadic color scheme, the room is painted in three different shades. This often creates a harmonious effect making the room look beautiful. Often it is the stone on the centerpiece on the floor or the wall which acts as the harmonizing factor.

If you choose darker shades, it will make the room look smaller. However lighter shades have a sense of space and this makes the room look bright. Dark marble son the floor along with lighter ceilings and walls will create an illusion that the ceiling is higher than it seems to be. If you want to have a clear idea, about the room while you experiment with different shades, you can consult books or take help of a professional.

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