Colour Tools


Spring/Summer 2018 paint palette from West Elm

For those of us who may be new to the field of design or who are learning to decorate our first home for that matter, colour is such a daunting task. It’s a weighty decision. What if the colours don’t look good afterwards?

I once witnessed the outcomes of a poorly chosen colour. A rich dark chocolate brown for a powder room may seem like a great idea as you look at the sample paint chip, but after painting a small enclosed room from floor to ceiling with that same colour, it turned out looking like smeared disaster of poo all over the walls.

Thankfully, there are some colour tools that can be used to help make this process less daunting. First, consult an expert on your colour choices as colours come with psychological effects. For instance, orange gives a feeling of warmth, richness, excitement and stimulation. It is a good choice for gyms and other athletic centres because of its stimulating effects but a poor choice for spaces you want to relax in, such as bedrooms as it has a tendency to make people feel hurried or rushed. Where colours are being applied also matter as accent colours will play less of an effect than dominant or secondary colours.

With the help of an expert, here are some tools you will want to take advantage of to make the most of your small space transformation.

ColorSnap® Visualizer for Web

Explore the endless possibilities of Sherwin-Williams paint. Simply upload a photo or choose one of theirs, then drag and drop a color or use the brush to virtually paint your scene.

The Snap It Button

The Snap It button lets you instantly turn any image into a color palette made from more than 1,500 Sherwin-Williams paint colors; even your own desktop images can be uploaded to help you find your perfect colors.

Paint Calculator

Not sure how much paint to buy? As your paint expert, they have got you covered with the Sherwin-Williams paint calculator.



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