Interior colour cards
Choosing a colour from the colour cardColour forms an integral part of its environment and is inseparably related to it . This is why it is important to view the colour in the lighting conditions in which it will actually be used. Colour is always relative to something – lighting and other coloured surfaces, for example. Variation between light and shade affects colour perception all the time, just like the roughness or smoothness of the surface being viewed.
The colours in the colour card are made with colour card paints. Colour card samples are usually semi-matt. When making colour cards, the colours produced by the tinting system act as a standard. When the same tinting system is applied to producing both the colour standard and the colour card, such as for Symphony pastes, the colour card sample will be as close to the colour of the final painted surface as is technically possible at present. At the Tikkurila Paint Laboratory, colour approval is always subject to examination under a standard-compliant D65 natural light source.
Colour cards are available for both interior and exterior painting applications. In the exterior colour card collection, due consideration has been given to paint durability and resistance to climatic stress, cultural preferences, and the suitability of paste tinting systems for various types of binders. For this reason, we recommend that exterior colour cards are always used when selecting exterior colours. The range of interior colours is much wider than that of exterior colours. With no climatic stress to consider, the range of pigments available is also much wider. Nearly all the binders used in interior paints are generally of the same type, meaning that there are also fewer chemical-related restrictions.
Lighting considerationsWhen selecting interior colours, it is worth remembering that different light sources have different colour rendition properties. Light emitted by fluorescent tubes can vary greatly and light from incandescent bulbs and halogen lamps may affect the perception of colour to a high degree. The amount and direction of light, particularly natural light, plays an important role in colour selection.
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