Understanding Value

Welcome to our first blog entry for the Color Theory website!  As owner of the the company I've been a little reticent about starting a blog because sometimes they can become a little time consuming and quickly abondoned but since we are such a visual company and get to paint so many wonderful homes I thought it might be nice for past and present clients to see the progress on their homes and for future clients or inspiration seekers to see all the the great work we are doing on people's homes here in Indiana.  With any luck we'll be consistent and perhaps bring on some of the insight and inspiration from our talented painters to help people with painting a home full of future memories. 

My name is Torlando and I have a true passion for painting and color.  I started this company while I was in art school at Indiana University and bring a unique perspective to the painting business.  I consider it my personal art practice as well as my vocation and I'm excited to share it with you.  So let's get right into sharing about color and projects!  Today I'm going to talk about "value".  You'll definitely get a great value with Color Theory but that's not the value I'm referring to.  Value in terms of the study of color theory has to do with lightness and darkness.

Living Room

Living Room

The colors for this room are Annapolis Grey and Brownstone. I decided to make a couple of the photos in Black and White to highlight the way that value can work specifically with different architectural features and furnishings. Value is the range from light to dark of any color. In fine arts painting we use dark colors to push objects forward while light colors recede. As in a landscape painting a tree in the foreground would be darker than the mountains in the background. We can play with this in a home just as we did in this living room. We wanted the fireplace to become a feature where a nice work of art will be placed eventually. At first we tried a color that didn't have much shift in value from the walls. As a result you couldn't tell if the light was just hitting it differently or if it was actually a different color. My suggestion: go bold or go home. Our client, Heidi, loved the result after the shock wore off.

Using deep contrast to push elements forward

Using deep contrast to push elements forward

A wide range of value with paint, furniture and flooring

A wide range of value with paint, furniture and flooring

Add in a subtle splash of color with the dining area of the open living room and kitchen concept.

Add in a subtle splash of color with the dining area of the open living room and kitchen concept.

Can't forget abou Roxy being a sleepy pretzel while we paint!  The great thing about our paint products is that they are low-VOC which means they are safe for pets to be around.

Can't forget abou Roxy being a sleepy pretzel while we paint!  The great thing about our paint products is that they are low-VOC which means they are safe for pets to be around.