A Guide to Help You Choose Your Metal Color
The color wheel is a great tool to help you find the perfect color scheme for your project. Colors are separated by their hues. With cooler colors like blues and greens on one side and with warmer colors like reds and oranges on the other. Many people choose to stay on one side of the wheel to create cohesive palettes, while others look for contrasting schemes by pulling colors from opposite sides.
Adobe has an excellent color wheel to help you find analogues, complimentary, triad and other color harmonies to help you get inspired for your project.
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Choosing a color palette for your project is going to involve quite a few different options. The easiest way to get started in choosing your palette is to examine the property and surrounding area. What types of colors seem to fit best within the community? What types of colors will work best with the landscaping on the property itself?
Once you have a general idea of which color families to use, you can then start narrowing down specific color palettes using color harmonies from a color wheel, examining the latest color trends related to regions and choosing a balance between neutral and bright colors, depending on your personal taste.
Ultimately finding your color palette is about choosing the colors that best fit your landscape, your personality and your lifestyle.
Sometimes small details are overlooked, and we see those areas as opportunities to make a statement within a design. Using a different color for trim is a great way to add a little something different to a design. You can either use a contrasting color for a unique combination or stick to the same color palette with different hues.
Helpful Tip: If you choose to stay in the same color family, we recommend using darker colors at the base of a wall to draw the eye up.
Different times of the day or even times of the year can play a huge part in the appearance of your metal’s color. When choosing a color palette, you will want to think about how the color will be affected in different lights. Natural light can cause colors to look lighter in direct sunlight, while darker when the sun is casting shadows or when the sun is setting.
Helpful Tip: In interior spaces, you will want to consider how much glare you might see from reflections in both natural and artificial lights.
We’ve all been there, when we receive our product and it's not even close to what the picture online or in the magazine looked like. We don’t want it happening to you, especially with a major decision like the design of your home or office.
Don’t be afraid to order multiple metal color samples to test in your environment. Make sure to move around to test different lights at different times of the day to ensure there are no surprises.
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One last thing to remember is how important the finish of your metal is. From glossy to matte and textured to smooth you will want to look at all the options to find the best finish to complement your space whether it’s inside or out.
Matte – With a matte finish, you are getting a surface with little to no shine. This finish is popular for its natural, unfinished appearance.
Gloss – This finish is just like you would expect, a shiny, smooth surface. One thing to consider is the reflective properties of this finish when used on interior or exterior spaces.
Textured – This is unique with a little sheen, but not your typical smooth surface. Adding a textured finish can create visual interest when combined with smooth surfaces or with other building materials.