Deciding what color to paint the interior of your home can be daunting! Choosing the correct color is extremely important and can make or break a paint job. If you are worried about choosing what colors to use in your house, we are here to help! Here is our nine-step process to help you decide what color to paint the interior of your home.
- Consider your own personal design style. You may think something looks great on a display or in a magazine, but will it work in your home? Think about what colors you gravitate towards and then create a color scheme based on that. Pick what makes you feel happy, warm and comfortable. This is your home, not someone else’s.
- Along those lines, take a close look at how you utilize each space in your home. Do you spend most of your time in the family room or kitchen? Do you work from a home office? Do you want a relaxing master bedroom to retreat to at the end of a long work day? These are the spaces you should focus on when you decide to paint.
- Now, look to see if the popular color of the time goes with your personal style. Grays are in right now but they might not go with the other tones in your home. If your trim is natural wood, it can be primed and painted to create a clean white finish. This would open up the option of a cooler color, like a fresh gray, for your walls. However, if you prefer a natural wood finish or have stone, brick, or tile with warmer undertones, then choose a warmer color. You could use a tan beige or greige to work with those brown undertones.
- Always keep in mind how much light comes into the room you are painting. A room without windows will naturally look dark, so a lighter color might brighten the room up. A room with more light will open up the option to use a darker or more bold color.
- When deciding what areas to paint, consider how you want your room to look. Do you want to give your room some “pop” or create a focal point? Then consider painting an accent wall. Accent colors are typically darker than the other walls, which makes the wall look more prominent.
- Are there any design elements that you would like to feature, like a fireplace, rug, or piece of art? Consider using a color from these features to enhance the room.
- Wondering about your ceiling? Most ceilings are painted with a flat white paint because it lets the walls stand out more. Ceilings can be painted a rich accent color if they are recessed. This is common in dining rooms and master bedrooms.
- Once you have decided on colors, don’t forget to look at the paint’s sheen. We recommend an eggshell or low lustre sheen because it is washable. This is especially important if you have pets or kids! This sheen also makes paint colors look sharper. If you dislike sheen, then flat is an option.
- Finally, consider using a color consultant, especially if you are trying to manage three or more colors. It is always better to get professional, affordable color advice before you paint. Otherwise you may be unhappy with the results and then spend more money repainting your walls. A great color consultant in the Denver metro area is Spiral Design Consulting. https://www.spiraldesignsinc.com