Once everything is in its place, it’s time for the fun part of decorating your home: choosing the perfect paint color for your walls. There is really no absolute method to finding the perfect color, but I can–and I will–give you several ideas to help choose something that will work with your interior decor. Keep in mind that there are dozens of ways to find the right color for your home, and there may be several colors that will work in your situation. How will you know which to choose? It all comes down to personal preference. Here is how I narrowed down my choices.
1. Analyzing your style. While some people prefer bright, bold colors to go with an outgoing personality, others might tend to stick with what they know. As for me, I’m a little of both: I ended up choosing two accents for a pop of color, but I used a neutral beige to tie everything together. Neutral colors are safe. First of all, take a look at your current decor; what do you see? Are there mostly neutrals (tan, gray, beige) with some black or white? Then a bright color will probably stick out in your home like a sore thumb. If there is a lot of color going on, don’t just add another to the mix; pull a color out of a rug or piece of furniture and bring it to your walls. Whichever color you choose has to make sense.
2. Looking at each room individually. Keep in mind the style of your house as a whole, but take into consideration that the color you choose for one room might not work for another. Do you have something different going on in each room? The color I chose for my main living area is a light beige, but my bathroom shower curtain, cabinets, and counter top have the yellow tones going on. Fortunately, the walls were already a light cream color, so I didn’t have to change anything in there. If you want to use the same wall color throughout the house, just make sure it is a neutral color with undertones that complement each room individually. And if you want to switch it up from room to room, consider how they are going to look when you see it from an adjacent room.
3. Coordinating with furnishings. I already mentioned this briefly, but let’s take a closer look at your existing furnishings. Use them to inspire a paint color for your walls. Keep in mind that it is best to choose everything else before you paint; this way, you can make sure the wall color(s) you choose coordinate with everything else throughout the house. For example, I took the teal in my sofa and transferred it to an accent wall in my living room. Is there a small amount of red in your rug? If you are brave, pull that color out of the rug and bring it to the walls. Warning: Don’t take a color that is prevalent throughout the decor and spread it to the walls. It will be much too similar, but will never match exactly.
4. Taking samples home. I am astonished at the number of people who go into a paint store, look through the samples, and decide on a color without taking one home. I have sold gallons of different colors to people who painted their walls and decided they didn’t like that color, after all. You probably don’t want to spend a ton of money–or a lot of time–painting your walls over and over. So take a color chip or a small paint sample home. Then put it on your walls.
5. Looking at color in a different light. Don’t just take the paint samples home; put them on the walls and see how they look. Check them out in different lighting. It is simply amazing to see how much a color can change once it is on the wall, much less from morning to night. It often looks vastly different later in the day than it did that morning. Then once you have decided you still like a color after a day or two, go back to the paint store and buy the paint in the amount you need.
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