Matching The Carpet Colours

How to select the matching carpet colour?

Carpets are a traditional and good way of decorating the home and covering the floorings. Carpets have been around for centuries and come in a variety of different colours, textures and designs. There are literally thousands of different patterns and designs available in the market and it can make the selection a very difficult task. Most of the buyers, when selecting a carpet, are concerned about the colour of the carpet; which is primarily due to the decoration and other reasons. The selection is somewhat difficult because mostly the buyers are trying to match the carpet colour with the interior of the home, like the colours, furniture and interior decoration which are already in place. The selection of carpets solely on the basis of colours, can result in the selection of a product with a lesser quality. A low-quality carpet will more likely cause problems for cleaning and maintaining and will deteriorate swiftly with time. The first thing to consider and think about, while selecting a carpet, is the endurance of the carpet. If the carpet is strong, robust, it will keep you happy for a long time. After deciding upon the strength and robustness of the carpet, you can choose the colour, based upon the color hues available and present in the market. With this in mind, you can select the carpet colour based upon the purpose you wish to achieve with your new carpet installation. This article explains in detail regarding the matching of carpet colours for your home. It can be a difficult task to select carpet and then match the colours but this guide will help you through and ease the process of your selection.

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Adjacent Room Colors

Make sure you evaluate how carpet color in one room will affect transitions to other rooms. During the 1960s before carpet production advances made carpet affordable for everyone, my family could afford only carpet remnants. Our home was a polka dot of carpet colors. During the 1980’s fashion trends changed to using the same carpet color throughout. Today, we have transitioned back to targeted color schemes in each individual room. Make sure you evaluate how that beautiful green carpet will look when it butts against the blue in your family room.

Size matters, “What do you hope to accomplish with room decoration. Darker colors make a large room cozier, while lighter hues expand room size. Darker carpet, medium shade walls, and white ceilings tend to balance your room size. If you want to lower your ceilings, try tinting ceiling paint color to 25% of your wall color and lighten your carpet color. Lengthen a room by painting one wall lighter than the side walls. In theory, dark walls and dark carpet make a room appear smaller. Light carpet, white ceilings, and mid tone walls make a room seem larger and airier.

Color Theory

We all view color differently. What our eyes see as color is actually a combination of three factors. 1. Light reflectance value (LRV) 2. Hue, 3. Chroma. So essentially, when I’m trying to match socks each morning the sock on my left foot has a different LRV than the sock on my other left foot. I should thank The Glidden Company (ICI Paints) for their assistance in writing this section. Their color work over the last 100 or so years is the basis for many color pallets in the carpet industry, as well as the paint industry.

Hue – Hue is actually the color or color family. Blue, green, yellow, and red are the four primary color families, though it has been said that all colors originate from Red, Yellow, and Blue. Blue + Yellow = green, Red + Blue = Purple, Yellow + Red = Orange, etc. All colors can be assigned to these four primary color families.

Light Reflectance Value (LRV) – LRV is the measure of reflective lightness or darkness of a color. Colors within the same hue (color family), such as light green and hunter green, are perceived as different colors because of the amount of light that they absorb or reflect. Lighter green reflect more light than darker greens. Since darker greens adsorb more light they appear darker.

Texture also affects LRV in both carpet and paint. If you were to paint a wall using a 1/2-inch nap paint roller, it adds texture or stippling to the wall surface. This stippling redirects light to alter the perception of color. If you were to touch-up an area using this same 1/2-inch nap roller, it would add additional stippling and may produce a color change, which produces a color change. The LRV change would magnify the area that was retouched and the repair would stand out. This may sound elementary, but this may help explain carpet foot prints, trackless carpet, and some carpet color variations.

Chroma – Chroma is actually the saturation or intensity of a particular color. A bright color such as lemon yellow has much more intensity than a creamy yellow.

All color theory is based on the principle that color is light. Chemicals (colorants) used in carpet dyeing have the property of selectively absorbing or reflecting certain areas of the light spectrum.

So what does all this have to do with matching carpet color? A color wheel can help.

The Color Wheel

colour wheel

The color wheel is an ingenious invention for those of us who are color challenged. Its makes color matching a lot easier, unless you still have to match the little grr animals. Sir Isaac Newton invented the color wheel shortly after he was thumped on the head with an apple and discovered gravity.

Complementary colors are any two colors that are directly opposite one another on the color wheel. In theory, two complementary colors mixed together in equal amounts will produce gray. Picture all colors all positioned on a globe, such as the earth. The north pole would be white. The South Pole would be white, while the equator would be gray or gray-like. All other colors fall somewhere in between. This is a theoretical hypothesis, since the Glidden Master Color Palette displays reddish grays, greenish grays, etc. What this indicates is any color may be softened or will lose intensity by adding its complementary color. All colors transition to gray.

Author: Michael Hilton

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