Trying to pick paint color for your house can be a daunting task, not to mention stressful and intimidating at the same time. However, there are pointers you can follow to make this task a little easier and while at it, have some fun even.
- START AT THE BEGINNING
Start off by looking around your home and take an inventory of the permanent features surrounding you. Do you have dark-stained wood or marble floors or exposed beams? The hue and tone of all of these elements should be strongly considered before you move forward with your design unless you are planning to make changes to the permanent features in the near future.
- DESIGN YOUR ROOM FIRST
Your design process should always come first before choosing the paint color. Select your fabrics and furniture first, and then consider how they all come together. You may end up limiting your choices of furniture and fixtures if paint color is what you have decided on first.
- USE A COLOR WHEEL
To find colors that complement your chosen fabrics, finishes, and furniture, use a color wheel. Hues opposite each other on the color wheel are complementary. So, blue complements orange, and red-orange complements blue-green. This gives you a better guide on how to mix and match the colors in your home.
- STAY AWAY FROM TRENDS
Following trends may put you in a tough situation as the name suggest, a trend is a current thing people are crazy about but will eventually die off. Though your walls can be repainted, it’s not something you’ll want to do once a year. It is therefore, safer to go with something timeless and/or subtle.
- UNIFY YOUR COLORS
One of the biggest mistakes people make when painting their homes is not considering adjacent rooms and how the room works as a whole. The colors in your home—especially on the same floor—should have a cohesive palette and should complement each other. Always look at the color of your home as an overall to avoid such mistakes.
- CONSIDER THE MOOD
Before you begin thinking of colors, you should ask yourself how you plan to use the space, as well as the person occupying the space. These are both important factors in color choice. For a workspace that needs to feel energizing, you may want to select a warm color, which has a stimulating effect. While for bedrooms, you may want to consider cool and calm colors to allow you to rest better at night. Dark moody colors can also be considered for bedrooms to create a nest-like effect.
- ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR LIGHTING
Lighting is one of the most essential factors to consider when selecting a paint color. Natural daylight shows the truest color, so if you have big, bright windows, your paint should turn out true to the swatch. But be mindful of what time of day you tend to use each room. Incandescent bulbs tend to bring out warm tones and yellows, and fluorescent lighting can cast a sharp blue tone, best is to test your swatches with the lights in your home before you commit.
- TEST IT OUT
The cardinal rule of painting is to test, test and lastly, test again. If you don’t test your paint sample, you’ll very likely wind up wasting an afternoon or weekend spent painting. Buy a sample pot of paint and test them near all the sources of light in a room. You can also do it on a piece of wood or drywall and hold them up to your flooring, your tile, and other permanent fixtures to see how they complement each other.