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For many of us, we have had to experiment with paint tones to determine which colors suit a particular style of apartment or home.  What works on the wall in one home, may not work in another.  So many factors come into play, such as natural lighting, furniture style, color tone and hue and of course the style of the interior the homeowner is after.   Sherwin Williams wrote a fantastic article which categorized which color hues look best where and why….  Here is what I gathered from their expertise……

Color Hues Around Blue Shades

  • Blue On The Ceiling:  Softer, cooler shades work on the ceiling quite nicely, compared to dark hues which can give the illusion of the ceiling advancing.
  • Blue On The Walls:  A pale to mid-tone blue shades can be quite soothing and give the impression of peace and shalom in a room.  Darker hues could provide a dramatic backdrop.

Sherwin Williams says that the shade of blue can have a tendency to be cold if applied to large areas.  Determine first if you prefer warm or cold tones.

Color Hues Around Gray Shades

  • Gray On The Ceiling: Gray on the ceilings can create a shaded effect.  Shadowing can be very dramatic in the room.
  • Gray On The Walls: Gray on the walls can be neutral and timeless, but on the other hand can be bland.

Gray paint tones can inspire people to become more creative, because of the lack of color.  Gray can makes things seem more exclusive.

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Veere Grenney Associates

Kelli Ford and Kirsten Fitzgibbons

Kelli Ford and Kirsten Fitzgibbons

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Carolyn Nehers Elegant Vendome Apartment- D Magazine

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Classic child’s bedroom A bed with a decorative walnut headboard is dressed with a mixture of textures, from Volga Linen Company bedlinen to quilted bedspreads and Jane Sacchi woollen plaid blankets. Dark-painted panelling provides a dramatic backdrop to a traditional painted table and chest, while a black sconce adds glamor. Found on housetohome.co.uk

Grand Lilac Painted Baroque Mirror

Grand Lilac Painted Baroque Mirror – Found on housetohome.co.uk

Color Hues Around The Black Shades

  • Black On The Ceiling:  Black on the ceiling should be avoided, except for when vaulted or exposed ceilings with open ductwork.  In this case, black can look rich in industrial environments.
  • Black On The Walls:  Black on the walls absorbs every inch of light, and needs a lot of natural light for compensation.  Black on the walls can be very dramatic, but also threatening if natural light isn’t available.   When black is used, a lot of natural fabrics, and furnishings, woods should be used to create warmth.

Color Hues Around The White Shades

  • White On The Ceiling: White on the ceiling can reflect light and reduce shadows.  White can open things up and is a natural color to pair with every other color on the color wheel.
  • White On The Walls:  White on the walls can give a home an open, larger appearance.  It can give a home a clean appearance, but on the other hand can give a home an empty look.

White On The Floors Can be intimidating. White can give the impression of delicacy, refinement and sophistication. White also might be too harsh as an interior color in some climates.

Hartwell House in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The House Was Built in the Early 17th Century and Was Remodeled in the Georgian Style in the 18th Century.

Hartwell House in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The House Was Built in the Early 17th Century and Was Remodeled in the Georgian Style in the 18th Century.

Salmon Red Paint Shades

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Musée Marmottan Monet.

Musée Marmottan Monet

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Genesee Country Museum – Seen On Black Creek Colonial

Color Hues Around The Red Shades

Red should be avoided as a ceiling color.  It can appear as though your ceilings are weighed down, and intimidating.  On the other hand red can look terrific on the walls, and can look breathtaking on the floors.  Red has always been a decorators choice for accent pieces which is often seen in home decor, throws, painted furniture, art work and larger pieces of furniture such as sofas or accent chairs.  Saturated reds that are brighter such as cherry can be used in modern styled homes, while brown-reds are often the choice for country styled interiors.  One shade is bright, while the other is warm and inviting.

Pink is a color that is catching on, and has been used for more than kids rooms.  Pink on the ceilings can give a home a softer hue that is comfortable.  Pink on the walls which complement skin tones can be soft in a room when pale.  Pair softer pinks with dramatic saturated and vivid tones as a contrast.

Color Hues Around The Orange Shades

  • Orange On The Ceiling: Orange can be energizing, motivating and refreshing.
  • Orange On The Walls:  Soft peachy tones can be warm and inviting.  Brighter tones can be energetic, where as warmer tones such as burnt orange can be rich and warm.

Most often orange is reserved for accent pieces.  Pastel oranges can be cheerful and lively on the eyes.   When this hue is close to the peach tones, it can enhance skin tones and therefore could be an ideal choice for the bathroom.


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Alexa Hampton

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Jeffrey Bilhuber

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Horchow Scroll Wall Foyer Mirror Gold- Ebay

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Veere Grenney – Veranda

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Carolyn Nehers Elegant Vendome Apartment- D Magazine

Photography by Stephen Karlisch

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Seen On Haute Design by Sarah Klassen

Vicente Wolf

Vicente Wolf

Color Hues Around The Brown Shades

  • Brown On The Ceiling: Brown tones on the ceiling can appear heavy.  When used on vaulted ceilings, or height and open ceilings it can produce a nice warm appearance.
  • Brown On The Walls:  Mid to dark hues on the walls can be very rich, and create a feeling of warmth and comfort.  The drawback can be that the shades produce a very dark environment.  Be sure to use this color when an abundance of natural light from windows are present.

The lighter shades of brown make great work environments.  The red-browns shades can bring warmth and comfort, which is why they have always been a popular interior color choice.

Color Hues Around The Yellow Shades

  • Yellow On The Ceiling:  Yellow on the ceiling can be reflective, energizing, reflective and luminous.
  • Yellow On The Walls:  Yellow on the walls can either be very energizing, and bright if shades are lighter and brighter, or they can be warm if the shade is more on the golden side.

Yellow can be ideal for rooms with poorly illuminated or dim spaces.  Yellow can open a room up and make it appear larger.

Color Hues Around The Green Shades

  • Green On The Ceiling:  Green on the ceiling can appear on the skin tone as being unattractive.
  • Green On The Walls: Green on the walls can appear calm.  Yellow based green paint colors can create warmth, where as blue based green paint shades tend to be cooler.

Green can be an excellent color for work or school environments when concentration is something that needs to be focused on.

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Blue Paint Shades Seen In House Beautiful

Lars Bolander

Lars Bolander

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Loire Valley, France

Steven Gambrel

Steven Gambrel

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YSL’s Marrakech house; Villa Oasis. Designed by Bill Willis & Jacques Grange

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Carolyn Nehers Elegant Vendome Apartment- D Magazine

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