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Improve Your Expertise Regarding the Right Color for Your Furniture!

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If you are someone who observes furniture a lot, then you would realize that the choice of colors can make a huge difference! A specific piece can be reduced to a nondescript one, or it can stand apart from the rest. It is all up to your abilities to “mix and match”!

Surprisingly, few people are really aware of what looks good on furniture and what does not. They just rely on instinct to let them get by, whether it is to do with purchasing new furniture or getting old pieces refinished. And for someone who set out to educate oneself via a decorator or a painter, the terminology utilized would leave the head whirling! So for the benefit of you and all the others out there, here is a short article on colors.

Let us take “Primary colors” first. Red, blue and yellow are the toppers on the list of colors. Without them, we would not be able to get all those varied hues. For the primary colors combined with white or black produce different shades. It is but natural to assume that the shades or combinations of colors are referred to as “Secondary colors”. For instance, combining of red and blue would result in violet; green would come from blue and yellow; and red and yellow would produce orange. Thus, you can attempt all kinds of permutations and combinations. In case you want lighter colors, add white; for darker, add black.

Another term that is popular in the world of colors is “Complementary colors”. They are directly across from each other, such as red and green, for example. Theory states that complementary colors should result in black when they are combined, but practice says otherwise. Try out red and green—you get a dark-brown shade.

Let us move on to “Warm colors” and “Cool colors” now. They are very important for artists as well as decorators. If a particular theme or perspective has to be emphasized in a painting, the painter would go in for warm colors such as yellow, red and orange. Portraits come out well with cool colors such as violet, blue and green used as backgrounds. As far as interior decorators are concerned, they make the best use of both to either accentuate portions in a room or tone them down.

Do you think colors are equally vital for furnishings too? Of course, they are! Considering that each species of wood comes with its own color, there are limitations to how much of color you can splash onto your furniture—walnut, maple, mahogany, pine, oak, etc! After all, these are “living grains” you are dealing with! Walnut and mahogany have a natural “rich” look; the other types are more sober in comparison. Thus, it is this specialized knowledge that aids a conservator in refurbishing antique furniture.


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