Everyone should love walking into their homes. You should feel comfortable and relaxed when you step foot in the front door, and you should enjoy what you see in terms of ambiance and décor.
Paint color has a lot to do with how we feel when we walk into a room, so it’s essential to select the right colors for each room in your home and not just haphazardly picking your favorite colors hoping they look good. If you tend to have trouble with choosing paint colors, allow us to walk you through how to find the right paint color for you.
What Colors Do You Love?
The first thing is first: you’re allowed to paint your home – every single room – exactly how you want to. You probably already have color preferences, so go with it! The main problem comes into being when you don’t consider hues, tones, and overall brightness in terms of the color.
Let’s say your favorite color is green – there are thousands of green options to choose from, ranging from almost white to almost black, so you want to make sure you pick greens that work for each room.
Maybe you don’t have a favorite color or one in mind that you want to use; in those cases, go ahead and eliminate your least favorite colors to narrow things down. From there, focus on general options – do you like light or dark colors? Warm or cold? Neutral or vibrant? These answers may change per room, so take inventory and write everything down. You may find that you narrow things down significantly when you start to spell it all out.
What’s the Function of the Room?
Now that you have a few colors in mind solidify your choices (and possibly weed some out) by taking it room by room. Most people have one color throughout the common areas of their home (living room, kitchen, hallways), and select varying hues and shades for other rooms. If this is what you’d like to do, consider it this way: what’s the general feeling you want to have in your house? Light and airy? Dark and cave-like? Warm? Crisp and modern?
Narrow down your selection for the common areas with these questions, and pick that color first. Once your standard area color has been selected, you can choose colors for bedrooms, offices, and other rooms in the house.
Rules are slim these days, make sure that the colors don’t clash; in other words – if the bedroom color is similar to the color in the common area, continue with that color instead of introducing a new one. Otherwise, consider the function of the room. If it’s a child’s bedroom, find a soothing color that they like.
If it’s an office, think about colors that promote productivity and steer away from any sense of boredom or laziness. Feel free to use your personal preference for these items, but bear in mind that scientific research has been conducted to link colors with feelings – so, when in doubt, do your research and pick colors that adequately coordinate with the function of the room.
How Big is the Room?
A general rule of thumb is to steer clear of dark colors in small rooms as these will make the room look smaller and will scream “wall color” above anything else in the room.
The only exception will be if you’re interested in creating a statement and wanting to notice the wall color immediately upon entrance. Otherwise, think of the wall color as something that should accent the rest of the room, not as something that should distract from it. Typically, light colors are great for rooms of any size. They create the illusion of a more prominent place in smaller rooms and make larger rooms feel bright and airy.
How Much Window Light Do You Have?
The last thing to consider is natural light. Keep in mind that whatever color you select will seem much darker on the walls without much window light. If you’re in a townhouse without windows on either side of the home, keep in mind that darker colors will cause the house to feel more mysterious, since darker colors absorb light rather than reflect it. Bright colors reflect light and will lighten the room significantly with what little window light you do have. Therefore, if you live in a home with low window light and you’re striving for a bright residence, steer clear of dark colors, even if they are vibrant.
Once you start to ask yourself these questions, selecting paint colors for your rooms is not so overwhelming. If you still need help narrowing down beyond what you have, it’s always a great idea to purchase samples and to try the color out before committing to it altogether.