Choosing the Right Color

Choosing the Right Color

Color is not the same Color: Quality, Ingredients, Opacity - all of these criteria are important if you want to choose the right color. Before painting, ask yourself more questions.

Does the color match? And how much color will you need? MyHammer has collected information for you:

  • Color Psychology: This means color for your well-being
  • Color Quality: You should pay attention to the color purchase
  • Health: Choose safe colors
  • Special colors: Dirt and
  • Color requirements: How many liters of color do you need?

Color psychology: That means color for your well-being

The basic colors red, yellow and blue are available in numerous variations today. From them, all other colors can be mixed and each has its own special effect: they arouse associations and influence our mood. Brighter colors are light, friendly and mood-enhancing compared to dark ones. We are given an impression of vastness. Dark colors are heavier in the perception of color and make the room visually smaller, but can also convey coziness.
Your home will only give a coherent overall picture, if walls, ceilings, but also windows, doors and their frames harmonize in color. Color tables help to define the numerous color variations exactly and to select suitable colors.

Color quality: You should pay attention to the color purchase

A study of the German paint institute (December 2008) has shown that the Germans especially when buying color pay attention to the price. More important for the result, however, is the color quality. When selecting interior wall paint, defined quality features (according to European standard) make it easier for you to decide:

  • Cleanability / wet abrasion resistance : There are five different quality levels for wiping dirt (especially for hallway, bathroom, kitchen or children's room). We recommend wall paints of class 2 or better.
  • Range or coverage: Specifies the number of square meters of wall surface that can be painted with one liter of paint. But be careful: Opacity also determines how much color you need.
  • Opacity : Indicates whether a color needs to be applied once or multiple times. There are four levels of quality - the differences are clearly visible.

Tip: Pay attention to the durability of the color: this is usually two years, but a sale beyond that is not excluded. Replace the paint bucket if the paint smells strange or viscous when opened.

Health: Choose safe colors

Organic solvents are important for consistency and ensure good and easy processing of paints and varnishes - but unfortunately can be harmful to health. From 2010, the so-called EU Decopaint Directive will tighten the limits for these volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in paints and varnishes. In general, do not use paints with a high proportion of organic solvents. For water-based paints, water is the main solvent used, these paints contain less pollutants.
More tips for choosing healthy colors:

  • Natural paints and lacquers are not always better for your health: look closely at the ingredients, often are terpenes included. These are so-called natural solvents from fir and spruce wood, which can cause allergies under certain circumstances (see results eco-test).
  • Pay attention to the environmental label "blue angel": paints and lacquers with this sign contain maximally 10% organic solvents .
  • Very important is also a good ventilation of the rooms during painting, so that volatile organic substances can escape.

Special colors: targeted treatment of dirt and molds

Modern colors support the moisture transport from the wall and can maintain a good room climate and even mold prevent. However, care must be taken with mildew: simply stroking the affected areas is not sufficient. You can find out how to properly remove mold in the MyHammer Guide Removing mold.
Other soiling such as nicotine, grease and water stains are annoying. Experienced painters know when which color best achieves the desired effect and protects it against soiling over the long term.

Color requirements: How many liters of color do you need?

To calculate the required amount of paint for a room, you must calculate the wall and ceiling areas in m2. The formula is as follows:

  • Wall surface = (2x room width + 2x room length) x room height
  • Ceiling area = room width x room length

For a room of 3m x 4m and a ceiling height of 2.50m a wall area of 35m² and a ceiling area of ​​12m². For an exact result, peel off window and door surfaces from the wall surface.

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