A Guide to Determining the Best Colors to Paint Your Home

decoWhy do you find one place appealing and another off-putting? Why does one product attract you more than another product? Color can change your perception of the space around you, turning it relaxed and energetic, spacious and comfortable. The effects of color are complex and significant; color accounts for 60% of our response to a place or an object. The whole situation makes committing to a new color a bit scary. If you have decided to paint your home but are not sure of what color to go with, follow the below steps.

  1. Start by small experiments

If you are doing the painting yourself, pick a small area of your home, can be a bathroom, an area between rooms, or a small hall. Select an area that you can manage to paint quickly so you can check the results sooner and decide if it impresses you or if you need to change it. Ensure you have picked amongst your favorite colors and take the whole process as an adventure.

  1. Think about your mood

Consider the feeling of a room when selecting a color. For example, in the living room, do you want it to feel comfortable and relaxing or formal? How would you like the dining room, sociable and stimulating or formal and quiet? What about the bedroom, do you want it dramatic and intimate or soothing and restful? Would you like your kid’s room to be orderly and peaceful or create an active and exciting energy?

  1. Pay Attention to Lighting

Consider different lighting situations; Natural daylight shows the truest color. Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone. Incandescent illumination draws out warm tones and yellows.  So be careful where you put a strong color if used next to a large window it can be too bright.

  1. Use key elements in your home

Key elements in your house include things like carpeting, modern or antique furniture, hardwood floors. The color of these elements is important when considering the paints for your wall because it anchors the room and it can impact the color on the wall due to reflections.

  1. Test your color choice

Be confident about what you have chosen by testing it on larger areas like poster boards and walls. Consider both strong and soft colors. Test with stronger colors on the ceiling. Deep neutral colors like olive green or chocolate brown as an accent or main colors.

  1. Use decorative finishes

paintBurnished metal/mineral finishes and layered color gazes add depth to the overall appearance of the home. They can help transform flat dull walls into interesting personal spaces with dramatic or subtle visual texture and broken color.

  1. Walk around and view other rooms

Check out walls in other rooms, the paint and how they combine when viewing one room through to another with different paint.

  1. Play up Monochromatic schemes

Create bold and unique variations within one color group using contrasting paint finishes. You can use closely related colors, or use a single color in different finishes. For accent colors, choose warmer colors more towards reds, or cooler colors more towards blues to complement your main color group.

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