How to choose the right color?

A colour advice adapted to the space you want to paint.

The choice of paint colours is not so complicated. Follow our 4-step plan and create your own original and tasteful colour palette.

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1st step: warm or cold colours?

Colours emit a sensation of temperature, and by nature we perceive them as warm or cold. In the illustration, you see a division between warm colours (red, orange, yellow), cold colours (green, blue, purple) and neutral colours (brown, grey).

Are you moving towards wall paintings in warm or cold colours? First, it takes into account the function of space. In an active place (entrance hall, kitchen), you want to stay alert and dynamic and you will preferably use cold colours. In a passive space (bedroom, living room), you especially want to find rest and you will therefore use warm shades.

Also observe the entry of light into space. Is there much or little natural light entering it? The light from the North makes the hues colder, while the light from the South makes them logically warmer. In a living room on the north side of your home, you will probably apply particularly warm colours to the walls.

You cannot isolate the colours of the paints from other colours and materials in the room. Ultimately, your interior must form a harmonious whole. So also look at flooring, curtains and drapes and furniture. A wooden floor naturally gives off a feeling of warmth, while tiles or concrete give an impression of coldness, which can be balanced by a warm tint on the walls.

And finally, the level of gloss of the paint has an influence on the temperature felt. A matt finish looks warmer, while a glossy finish, although of the same colour, looks colder.

2nd step: how to choose your colour group?

Choose your favourite group of shades, for example Contemporary Blue.

The Levis Colour Mix colour wall is divided into two blocks of colours: Contemporary and Timeless. Contemporary shades are light and bright; timeless are soft and grey.

Step 3: How to choose your accent color?

The accent colour is the most visible and vivid in your combination. It is applied to the point in the space that attracts the most attention.

In the living room, it will be for example the fireplace mantle, or the place where you would hang a painting.

In the bedroom, you will emphasize the head of the bed or on a wall along the bed.

In the office, you will paint the wall along your office furniture in the accent colour, in order to avoid that your eyes meet a too bright colour while you are at work.

It is preferable to paint a wall with windows in a light or neutral shade. If you applied an accent color here, it would quickly appear as dominant. With light coming from the front, a dark hue is drawn inwards, and the whole space will look smaller.

Step 4: How to combine colours?

For each room, choose a combination of three colours. You have the following possibilities to complete your harmony:

A tone-on-tone combination: within the same group of colours, they are arranged vertically from the lightest to the darkest. To achieve a three-tone tone-on-tone harmony, choose a light, dark and intermediate colour from the same colour group.

A combination of neutral shades: combine your accent shade with a light neutral shade and a neutral, but dark neutral shade. The neutral tones are located on the far right in the Levis Colour Mix scheme. The brown group emits more heat, while the grey group gives more of a fresh feeling.

A bold harmony: combine your accent colour with two shades from another group, for example a bluish green with a light yellow and a darker yellow.