Colour selection

GMP Painters offers a  complete colour consultation as part of our service to you..


Choosing a colour is not as simple as picking a swatch at the paint store and crossing your fingers it will look good. Glenn is an experienced colour consultant and knows there are many ways to create different effects for your home.

You have to take into consideration the size of your house, colour schemes of surrounding houses and colour of furnishings when choosing colour.

Instead of struggling on your own work all this out Glenn will ask you the questions to determine your needs and devise a scheme for you. 

If  you would like to get more of an understanding about the  colour scheme that will suit your tastes and your home before you talk to Glenn, read on for some more info.

 Choosing a Colour Scheme

 to give my Home the Wow Factor?  

Colors enhance and effect mood, work and play habits and contribute a subliminal role in influencing our desires; like hunger, passion, anger, peace and calm and more. A few of the following ideas will help you understand and implement successful color schemes in any environment.

 Creating Harmonious Color schemes:


Residences are often are designed with a color scheme that that is calm, comfortable, and harmonious. They are often inspired by nature, that is to say, posses a gently harmonious, natural and generally neutral color palette. Look to nature for prime examples, walking on the beach you can pick up shells randomly. Carefully matching these colors to a paint color chart, one is often left with sand tones, light grays, beige and umbers. Pale greens, reds and blues may be introduced, adding variety, but the overall tone (chromatic value) of the colors tend to remain consistent.

Picture a 10 step black and white color chart. Black is on one end while white sits at the opposite. 8 colors gradate from black to white, creating a variety of light to dark grey tones.


Each tone represents a chromatic value, or color tone. When comparing colors to the tonal chart, dark red will have a tone corresponding to a dark grey, while pale beige is equivalent to a light grey. Choosing colors that have the same chromatic value (staying within one or two ‘grey’ tones on the tonal chart) will work harmoniously together, creating a consistent color value throughout an environment, even if you choose different colors to work with. Let's return to the sandy beach where you may find a variety of different colors when examining the stones, pebbles and sand independently, but from a distance, all the tones have approximately the same color value (or tone). This harmonious color approach works well in residential environments, allowing a variety of colors to act independently, but, viewed as a whole, impress a consistent and harmonious approach to our understanding of color, space and personal  identity.

Neutral Colors Schemes – Plain and simple

 A calm, neutral color scheme, allows natural elements like wood, stone and fabric to impart richness and contrast into this cozy interior.

Neutral colors primarily consist of a selection grays, beiges, tans, creams and taupe. These colors generally work with most other colors making them excellent choices as background colors for walls and ceilings. In this manner, more vibrant color choices can be executed in  the interior in the form of fabrics, draperies and curtains, rugs and carpets, objects, furniture and accessories like throw-pillows, lamp shades and pictures or paintings.


Color Effects on emotions mood and desires:

Color plays an integral role in defining our perceptions, whether it is of us, our environment or our perceived notions about space and design.


Red is a warm color, exciting our perceptions and warming our desires. Red is often associated with hunger, anger, passion and vitality. This color is particularly well suited for environments that serve food, such as dining room. Often red can invoke excitability so it is not typically well suited for bedrooms or areas for relaxing.

Red is a bold, dominant color, overshadowing most other color tones by its intensity, therefore, when considering red as a part of your color palette, be creative. A room all painted in red can be dark and very atmospheric, even moody. While this might be perfect for your intimate dining room, larger rooms will most likely be oppressive in all red. Consider painting one wall only in a red, with the remaining walls white or off white. This will add a lively, colorful and festive feel; generate interest as a visual space, while staying approachable and palatable. 


Blue is generally a calming color.Though an intense, rich cobalt blue may be stimulating and vibrant, the energy created is still one of calm, happiness and comfort. Pale blues remind us of the ocean and sky, expansive colors and relaxing. When you think of your beach holiday, umbrella drinks aside, blue sky, warm sun and clear waters often jump to mind. The image alone is calming.

Blue is also a fresh, crisp color and is considered a ‘cool’ tone (just as red is a ‘warm’ tone). Variations of blue values work well in bedrooms and areas set aside for relaxing. When using neutral blues (blues that are almost grey in tone) one can utilize the advantages of integrating color under the Neutral Color Schemes approach mentioned previously.



Yellow is a warm, vibrant and clear color. In its pure form it is intense, hot and generally unpractical in use as an interior color tone. Though this is not always the case, as can be seen in many interior environments from Mexico to Provence to Africa.

Yellow can work extremely well when muted with white to a paler tone like butter or cream. In these instances yellow becomes a very useful interior design element in  your home environment. A warmer yellow will be lively and can add interest and vitality to a space, white a softer yellow can inspire feelings of sun drenched walls, antique linen and cool spring mornings.


Green, a combination of blue and yellow in its purest form, offers many characteristics of both blue and yellow. Green can be vibrant, crisp and lively as well as muted, soft and calming. Examples of this are Grass Green for strong colors ; Lime Green ; and Celadon Green and Sage Green, calming and neutral colors evoking images of Italy’s Venice, and the earthy palette of the Arts & Crafts movement.


Earth Tones – Browns, Umbers, Sienna’s and terracotta’s

Earth tones are just that, colors we see in nature like browns, umbers, terracotta and brick tones. These colors tend to be harmonious, rich in color and depth and impart a feeling of solidity and permanence. Used well, earth tones complement most other color tonalities (except perhaps the vibrant, pure primary colors of Red, Blue and Yellow – suited more for open, uncluttered contemporary spaces). We see earth tones all around us, wood flooring, natural stone and tile surfaces, fabrics and wovens such a sisal and Hessian grass cloths.

Integrating earth tones into your environment creates a sense of approachability and connection. These tones are part of our everyday existence, they are familiar and comforting. In addition, incorporating earth tones into your environment by using materials other than paint (like stone, plasters, natural fabrics, etc) not only introduces new color schemes, but integrates alternate elements into your living or working space. Diversity, however harmonious, adds interest and uniqueness to any environment. From the most minimalist contemporary interior to a sumptuous, over stuffed and darken Victorian setting, blending of materials from wood, fabric, stone, metal and glass, results in a myriad of solutions that create unique, impressionable interior spaces. 


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