One of the most challenging decisions concerning décor is choosing paint colors. The color of your walls can either be a focal point of a room or an understatement and shading and lighting can instantly transform the hue of your paint color, for better or for worse.

Before settling on a paint color for your room or residence, there are a few important guidelines and considerations to observe.

The Challenges of Selecting Paint Colors

Finding a color that you will enjoy for years can be a perplexing endeavor.

Colors appear different in cans of paint or on paint swatches than they do on the walls of your residence. You may think that you found the perfect color, only to be disappointed once you apply it to your walls.

For example, light colors can display darker on surfaces and bright colors can appear darker and more intense on large surfaces. Once painted, certain colors can turn flat, while others can convey movement.

Certain colors are also more difficult to assess than others. Once, when choosing a yellow paint color for a bedroom, the Founder of C Color had the room painted three different times.

The first time, the yellow paint appeared as an ashy yellow color and the second time, the yellow paint glowed green from the room, similar to a neon bulb or a “Ghostbusters” scene.

On the third and final occasion, that the yellow paint was applied to the wall, white paint was added to the yellow color to dilute the hue. For all intents and purposes, the color was made custom and virtually impossible to replicate at a future date.

Fortunately, now paint colors can be assessed at paint stores and matched with relative ease.

When selecting paint colors, be aware that superior paint appears differently in different areas, even though, the paint color is identical. Shading and lighting affect color as well, making the paint color selection process even more problematic.

Additionally, people confuse the temperatures of colors. Designers, interior decorators, artists, accessory stylists and most others, categorize blues, purples and greens, as cool colors and reds, oranges and yellows, as warm colors and nothing could be further from the truth. All of the colors mentioned can be both cool or warm, as there are 16.7 million identified colors in the world.

Below are examples of how each of the four C Color Spectrums can utilize the color yellow in various areas of a home.

Notice the differences in the four C Color Spectrums;

C Color Spectrum 1 Yellow is Cool/Blue Based, Less Saturated, Appears Rubbed with Ash

C Color Spectrum 2 Yellow is Cool/Blue Based, More Saturated

C Color Spectrum 3 Yellow is Warm/Yellow Based, More Saturated

C Color Spectrum 4 Yellow is Warm/Red Based, Less Saturated, Appears Rubbed with Earth

Paint Color Tips

There are standard rules of thumb when choosing paint colors and those rules apply to all colors.

Choose Light Colors For Small Rooms

To increase a room size, utilize lighter colored paint and larger furniture, as that creates a feeling of spaciousness.

Select Darker Colors To Minimize The Size Of The Room

If you desire to create a cozier feel in an oversized room, employ darker or medium hues.

Below are examples of how each of the four C Color Spectrums can utilize the colors purple, charcoal, violet and gray in various areas of a home.

Notice the differences in the four C Color Spectrums;

C Color Spectrum 1 Purple is Cool/Blue Based, Less Saturated, Appears Rubbed with Ash

C Color Spectrum 2 Dark Charcoal is Cool/Blue Based, More Saturated

C Color Spectrum 3 Violet is Warm/Yellow Based, More Saturated

C Color Spectrum 4 Gray is Warm/Red Based, Less Saturated, Appears Rubbed with Earth

Choose Paint Colors That You Are Inherently Drawn Toward

There are 16.7 million colors in the world and C Color has classified hundreds of thousands of these colors into four C Color Spectrums. Each C Color Spectrum has a base that was created with one of the primary colors of blue, yellow and red.

The C Color ideology is based on a color gene within your DNA. You are born with innate preferences toward colors. When you choose the colors from your C Color Spectrum, you are following an inherent genetic/DNA trait.

If you are a C Color Spectrum 3, the colors that you are inherently attracted to will have a Warm Yellow Base. If you choose paint colors that are created with the base of Warm Yellow, the colors will always appeal to you. Essentially, the colors will stand the test of time.

The above is true for the three remaining C Color Spectrums, as well. The base of C Color Spectrum 1 is Cool Blue Ash, the base C Color Spectrum 2 is Cool Blue and the base of C Color Spectrum 4 is Warm Red Earth.

You will never tire of the colors within your C Color Spectrum. Rather, you will feel energized and alive in your living spaces. 

Below are examples of how each of the four C Color Spectrums can utilize the color blue in various areas of a home.

Notice the differences in the four C Color Spectrums;

C Color Spectrum 1 Blue is Cool/Blue Based, Less Saturated, Appears Rubbed with Ash

C Color Spectrum 2 Blue is Cool/Blue Based, More Saturated

C Color Spectrum 3 Blue is Warm/Yellow Based, More Saturated

C Color Spectrum 4 Blue Teal is Warm/Red Based, Less Saturated, Appears Rubbed with Earth

Take The C Color Quiz To Identify Your Innate Color Preferences

To determine your C Color Spectrum take the five minute C Color Quiz. The C Color Quiz is simple, quick and effective and determines to which of the four C Color Spectrums you belong.

The goal of the C Color Quiz is to select the color quadrant that immediately catches your eye. In doing so you are following your innate color preferences. Thinking about your color choices will skew your results.

C Color is the first and only company to quantify intuitive color preferences. Quantifying intuitive color preferences is the specialty of C Color and that ideology and the C Color methodology will assist you in living life in your optimal color environment.

Subsequently, the C Color App aids you in identifying your optimal colors.

The objective of C Color is to offer a unique and superior experience with color and to remind you of the colors that you preferred as a child, prior to being influenced by outside sources.

Following your intuition can be counter intuitive if you have not been taught that you were born with color knowledge.

Choosing the perfect paint colors can be effortless and the C Color App will assist you by confirming your choices, as hundreds of thousands of colors within your C Color Spectrum are in the C Color database.

Select 3 To 4 Colors For Your Palette

Once you have the results of your C Color Spectrum, choose colors that you intuitively prefer, rather than focusing on trends. Decide on 3 to 4 base colors for your home interior palette, as once those base colors are determined, you can expand to other colors from that vantage point.

Verify Your Colors Using The C Color App

Whether you understand the base of your C Color Spectrum or not is irrelevant.

The C Color App will aid you by confirming your choices, as hundreds of thousands of colors within your C Color Spectrum are in the C Color database.

The C Color App is programmed to your C Color Spectrum. In other words, the C Color App is your 21st Century Palette/Color Consultant that does the work for you. When shopping at your local paint store, utilize the C Color App, once you have found swatches of the colors that appeal to you.

To make use of the C Color App, snap a photograph at a distance, of an item that appeals to you, adjust the lighting and filters features of the photograph to match the color of the item that your eye sees, choose a zoomed in section of the pure color, even if blurred, to match and the C Color App will confirm whether or not the color is within your C Color Spectrum.

The C Color App, as your personal C Color Consultant, makes it simple for you to live in your optimal color environment.

Test Paint Swatches In Multiple Areas Of The Room

A large, bright window or a dark crevice can change the appearance of your paint color. Apply paint samples to areas that receive different levels of lighting to ensure your satisfaction.

Below are examples of how each of the four C Color Spectrums can utilize neutral colors in various areas of a home.

C Color Spectrum 1 White is Cool/Blue Based, Less Saturated, Appears Rubbed with Ash

C Color Spectrum 2 White is Cool/Blue Based, More Saturated

C Color Spectrum 3 Cream is Warm/Yellow Based, More Saturated

C Color Spectrum 4 Tan is Warm/Red Based, Less Saturated, Appears Rubbed with Earth

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The Power Of Color In Your Home And Everyday Surroundings

The optimal colors not only enrich your living environment, but, can enhance your appearance, can enable you to think more clearly, can produce feelings of well-being, can motivate you to act your best, can facilitate in absorbing new concepts more readily and distinctly and can aid you in healing.

Be color fearless by utilizing and surrounding yourself with the colors from your C Color Spectrum and Look, Think, Feel, Act, Learn and Heal your best.

Download the C Color App and take the C Color Quiz.

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