Selecting a specific hue or color family for a space is a good starting point. But, what if I told you that ANY color could work, aesthetically. It is more a matter of selecting the best value and saturation levels that will take it from ordinary to professional results.

Color itself is relative to its context, it is dualistic by nature. The logistics of the room or space are key to the success of the color rendering.

The natural light, the type of artificial lighting and the adjacent walls will influence how a color is perceived.

If the values are too distant or the saturation levels are off, the ‘perfect’ color will be the wrong color. When selecting a color for adjacent walls, consider the value of the color, the saturation of the proposed color AND how the shadow will read. It is most important in the corners for a color to be a smooth and logical transition. Compensation for these factors must be considered for a multi colored room or open space to be successful. How to accurately compensate for these factors? There is no magic formula, wisdom and experience are the best guidance.

Color relatedness creates a space that is coherent, makes sense and is comfortable to be in, regardless of the tasks associated wth that space.

Successful color relatedness comes from selecting the best nuetrals to connect the parts of the palette that are most opposing. This can be done with paint color or with fabric. For the purpose of simplicity in this post, I will stick to its use in paint colors. Fabric and visual mix, will come later.

Selecting nuetrals from a chromabridge are the easiest ways to ensure color related


A chromabridge is when two hues are selected and equal amounts of each other are added to the other. This is a type of desaturation that is a foolproof way of making sure the color palette is coherent and supporting the focal elements that you intentionally want to stand out.

For example, Orange and Blue. Starting with 100% blue and 100% orange at each end of this spectrum we are creating. add, 1% of orange to the blue and 1% of the blue to the orange
. By adding the opposite color, the child color is less contrasting and has a more fluid transition toward the opposit parent color.

This percentage increase can be accelerated or diminished in any increment of choice. It just depends on how many steps you want to get to the middle. When the two parent colors are mixed 50% to 50% a true nuetral is achieved, it is to the parent color what gray is to black and white.

By selecting any of the colors created in the chroma bridge and then adding black or white to it to alter the value, the best nuetral for the space can be achieved.  Understanding how to recognize the chromabridge in a color specification tool is achieved best by experiencing the magic of color mixing for oneself.