by RONAMAG on Saturday, March 24, 2012

Colour Zoning to dress up a room
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Colour zoning is a technique that creates a geometrical division of different paint colours on walls. This is an inexpensive way to dress up a room or to frame decorative elements such as paintings, mirrors or photographs. It creates striking vignettes, contrast and dramatic impacts.

When considering colour zoning, think geometrical shapes, whether they be vertical or horizontal lines, circles, rectangles or squares. Colour zoning can also be done using high or low contrast colours, depending on the desired effect.
[Photo via InspiraciOnline]

Inspiration can be drawn from many places; for example, from a fabric pattern or a painting. The effect drawn from using monochromatic tones in a particular colour family is more subtle and soothing. On the other hand, the use of high contrast colours creates an interesting and impactful effect.

Keeping it simple can also create a beautiful effect. To create a strong focal point, choose a different paint colour to highlight a featured piece of furniture or architectural element, such as a bed or fireplace.

[Photo via Kakonged]

Once the desired look is established in your mind’s eye, it is helpful to create a stencil, either by sketching it on paper or designing it on the computer. Make sure the design is well balanced and creates a visually pleasing, aesthetic arrangement. Depending on the degree of difficulty involved in the design, a paint brush and painter’s tape may do the job. For more complex designs, drawing out the pattern or projecting an image on the wall may assist in giving the project a finished, professional touch.

[Photo via Best Home Designs]

[Photo via LA Times Blog]
[Main photo via Donna Magazine]
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