Choosing the right interior paint color for your home’s rooms can be intimidating. You’re going to be living with it for years. Although you can repaint if you don’t like it, you’d rather not spend the time and money on choosing the wrong color. The impact of colors on a room and your mood are powerful. Having an understanding of how colors affect a room, and a strategy behind your selection will help you choose the right color with confidence.
What is the Room’s Mood?
Every room will have a certain mood, related to the things you do in it. The interior paint color you choose for the room will heavily impact that mood. For a bedroom, for example, you don’t want to choose colors that promote energy. Your bedroom is where you go to rest at the end of a long day. You want calming and relaxing colors like blue or green. A living room would also benefit from calming or neutral tone colors.
Consider the Light
The interior paint color or colors you choose for a room will look different in the paint store than they do at home. A color that you like under bright lights might look entirely different if you want to use it in a room that doesn’t get much light. Take your color samples home and see how they look in the room’s lighting before making a choice.
Mix in Neutral Interior Paint Colors
Using neutral interior paint colors is usually considered a “safe” option. However, it doesn’t mean that your room needs to be dull or uninspiring. You can incorporate more vibrant colors on a room’s ceiling to add a new dimension without totally overwhelming the room. For example, if you have neutral gray walls with a seafoam or sun yellow ceiling that room will have energy, but still retain the benefits of balance with the neutral colored walls.
Consider Other Rooms
When you’re considering an interior paint color for one room think about the impact it will have on the adjacent rooms. A room might look great on its own with a particular color, but when you walk into the next room the contrast may not work. This is particularly important if you have an open space layout for your home. If your living room flows into the kitchen you can use different colors, but the transition should be calculated and flow nicely.
Just Change the Paint Shade
You can repaint a room and give it a new color and feel without going too big. If you like the existing interior paint color but just want a slightly different mood you can easily adjust the shade. Look up and down the color spectrum to change the color a little bit. At first, the change looks subtle when you start the project, but when the room is complete you’ll feel the difference.
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