Painting the wall: which color to choose?

True, the saying goes that can not be argued about taste, but some wall painting surprised in its impact then. When painting a wall, psychological aspects often play an underestimated role in the question of which color it should be. With an inappropriate choice the mind loses its coziness.

For intensive colors, use the color theory

Who wants to paint a wall colored, often has his favorite color in mind. The more intense this shade is, the less it is advisable to paint all the walls in a room with it. Brighter and more restrained colors are the right choice for uniform wall coatings:

  • White in different shades to cream
  • Light gray
  • Beige and sepia
  • Light little intense to "watery" mixed yellow, orange or light brown

The basis in color theory and the effect of colors is the color wheel. It is divided into six coarse color ranges. In the RAL color list, shades are mixed with 1625 standard colors. The six color areas or base colors are arranged clockwise from twelve o'clock in the following order: yellow, orange, red, purple, blue and green.

The color wheel as a planning aid

The color wheel divides two halves. The warm colors start with yellow and lead through orange interspersed by red orange to violet. The cold colors start with bluish violet and lead over blue to green. Neutral colors outside of the color wheel are brown, gray, black and white.

When painting walls, contrasts should be taken into account, for example through the furnishings, curtains and curtains. Colors in the color wheel complement each other most attractively. These complementary colors can be created by two-color brushing, neighboring walls or equivalent equipment.

Frequently felt psychological color effect

  • Yellow: stimulating, friendly, intrusive, restless
  • Red: invigorating, warm, spiky, aggressive
  • Orange: warm, balancing, disturbing, intrusive
  • Green: calm, natural, passive, poisonous
  • Blue: calm, deep, passive, cold, distant
  • Black: extravagant, noble, factual, depressing,
  • Gray: elegant, restrained, boring, monotonous
  • Brown: soothing, comfortable, dirty, stuffy
  • White: bright, pure, neutral, cold,

Tips & Tricks

In the so-called wiping technique in wall design, you should only combine complementary colors, which also affects the background.

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