How to pick colors that work well with natural wood trim.
Beautiful wood, however that color is all wrong.
The wall color is a variation of orange, just as the mugs are variations of blue. They work well together. The blue in a way calms the brightness of the orange, creating a kind of balance since they are opposites.
Since there are those like me who like the beautiful texture and grain to not be covered by paint, but picking colors can be more of a task than previously thought.
Case #1: When we bought our house and started moving I made a trip to the store and bought a lot of paint, there simply were too many existing colors I hated. I already knew what colors I wanted each room to be. A sunny kitchen, a neutral living room, and a green dining room. The whole first floor was absolutely drab. I picked out great colors too. I just didn't take into account the green I picked for the dining room. The green I choose looks great with expresso and white. However all my wood work is oak, and a orangy oak like that picture, complete with exposed beams and built in buffet. The green clashed. Sad Face.
So I felt the need to make this page.
First we know in color theory it is stated that colors opposite each other compliment each other. So Orange and Blue, of course it sounds odd, but its very general. A variation of blue works well with a variation of orange, and there are plenty of both.
Second, we can use colors in the same family, Warm/Cool.
My credentials, I took Color Theory in college. Yes, a whole semester in school learning about color, how they make you feel, what they represent historically and culturally. But I'm a designer, so it is important.
Recommended Do's and Don'ts of finding your color.
The Blues: Light or Dark, it really doesn't matter, but a less saturated (muted) looks great.
See, not so great.
A blue based green is less attention grabbing and jarring.
This yellow based green is fighting mor attention against the orange wood. Using them together can be a bit brash.
The color is warm and works really well with the trim without competing.
Although this color does have a bluer base, its a neutral, warm neutrals work better..
A blue based Violet. Darker colors recede allowing the trim to pop more. The light violet compliments the wood and opens up the room and works great with the dark violet.
This soft yellow is warm like our wood since they are in the same color family. Since it is light and muted they can exist together without being too much.
A red based violet. Again its competing with the wood, neither one can stand out on thier own.
Nice shade of orange, however our wood is orange. They are competing with each other to the max and looking super brash. A color like that looks great with white, to calm it down.