After you’ve purchased your new home, the next exciting step is making the space uniquely yours. One of the powerful tools you can use in customizing the property is paint and color.
Using the right interior paint colors can alter your space. They can make it look bigger or smaller than it actually is. Colors can also influence its overall mood and look. If you’re in the process of renovating your home, consider the following tips on choosing paint colors.
Build an inspiration board
Building an inspiration board is a great place to start in deciding on the paint color. You can build your inspiration board from magazines, interior design catalogs, and pictures of historical landmarks and artworks, as well as retailer and paint brand websites. You can also use social media apps and websites, such as Instagram and Pinterest, for inspiration.
Create an overall theme for your home
In choosing a color theme for your home, consider how you want each room to feel and how all the rooms relate to each other. If you want to use a single color scheme for the entire house, consider using lighter and darker shades, depending on what the room needs. You can use color psychology to set the mood, as well as to add interest and personality in the space.
Use color theory to create a unified color scheme
Using color theory in choosing paint colors may sound intimidating, but it’s easier than you think. You can use a color wheel to help you figure out good color combinations. Color wheels are very helpful in determining how different colors match and relate to each other.
Get creative with neutral paint colors
Neutral paint colors are versatile and can be used for almost any type of room. This color palette doesn’t have to be boring, you just need to get a bit creative with how you use them in a room. For example, striped walls in neutral colors can add personality to a space while giving the room a relaxed feel. You can also add pops of brighter colors in strategic areas, such as the ceiling or an accent wall.
Use testers and samples
Before you commit to a room color, you’ll need to see how your chosen paint color interacts with the light in your home. Get testers and samples when available and paint them on small sections of your wall to see how they at different times of the day.
It’s also a good idea to test how a color interacts with your existing furniture, rugs, and upholstery. Your furniture and walls don’t have to match, but they do need to complement each other. Bringing a swatch of fabric to the paint store can help you choose the right colors.
Pick the finish
If your walls have imperfections or flaws, using glossy paint will only highlight them. If you want to hide these imperfections, it’s best to go with a paint color with as little sheen as possible. For low to mid-traffic areas in your home, you might want to consider flat, flat enamel, or eggshell enamel paint. For high-traffic areas, satin, semi-gloss, or hi-gloss enamel typically works best.
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