Helpers Guide to Section 1: The Basic Touch

A Room Full of Color

To study color and color schemes in more depth, use a color wheel. If you don't have one, you can easily find color wheels on a variety of sites on the Internet such as the Graphic Design Lesson 9: Analogous. This site has lessons on color schemes, understanding color, and more. Another source of color wheels – particularly ones that use shades and tints used in common decorating schemes – may be found at quilt stores. Use the color wheel to learn how all colors originate from the three primary colors and how different color schemes are made. Ask the youth to compare color schemes in pictures to the color wheel and decide what type of color scheme was followed – Complementary? Monochromatic? Analogous? Triad? Split Complement? Other?

Walls that Say Wow!

There are other commercial sites that include video clips of faux finishes and paint techniques such as HGTV.com: Faux, Painting & Finishes

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The Bottom Line

A good way to help students learn about floor coverings is to see how different surfaces have held up over time. Plan a field trip to places such as a motel lobby, restaurant with carpeted flooring, shopping mall, museum, or a house or building that is on the National Registry of Historic Places, etc. Seeing how different floorings have held up or worn over time will help them see the importance of selecting the right flooring for each situation. Go to the World Floor Covering Association Web Virtual Room Designer. At the Virtual Room Designer, youth can choose paint colors and flooring options and see the effects on a layout.

Find videos explaining what to look for in carpet and flooring