Picking the right paint color for a room requires careful research, analysis, and planning especially if you are inexperienced in home design. You may get excited about the endless amount of color choices, paint types, and palette combinations, however this can also leave you feeling overwhelmed. Latex or oil, sheer, gloss or flat? Take photos of the spaces your would like to paint, and show them to a licensed professional in the paint store or a decorator to recommend the type of paint to use.
If you have painted before, you probably know there are times when we put a color on a wall and it ends up looking strange, darker and somehow different than what we saw in the paint store. The main reason is light.
Light has the power to make a color look different, depending on its intensity and temperature.
For example, natural light will give you the brightest and most accurate color, whereas incandescent lamps will give you a warmer tone resembling yellow or orange. Fluorescent lights are great for colder tones, which will give the room some bluer tones.
Before you go on buying different colors of paint for your home, let’s go over some tricks you can use avoid painting the wrong color on your walls.
Analyze the Current Situation
Before you go on a shopping spree of paint, have a clear plan of action and figure out what type of emotions you are trying to evoke. If this is a property that you are remodeling with a plan of an immediate resale for profit, you should stick to neutral colors like whites and beiges. By doing this, it will be easier for your potential buyers to have a clearer vision of what they want to use the rooms for or how they want to decorate it.
If you are going to be renting or changing the colors of the walls for your own home then you can start thinking about bolder colors and accents to give each room its own identity and purpose.
Scan the Room’s Light
Does the room have windows? If it does, then you must be aware of the following:
- The window wall is the darkest of all, because light passes through it.
- The opposite wall is the one that receives more light and will make colors look even brighter.
- The corners of the room tend to be lighter than darker, because the light that reflects on the opposite wall, bounces to the corners, therefore creating more illuminated areas.
Use Existing Furniture for Guidance
Existing furniture is a great guide to choose a color scheme. Observe what you already have furniture wise, and then choose colors that will complement your furniture.
Keep in Mind the Room’s Size
Once you have an idea of what colors best match your furniture, next step is to evaluate the size of the room. Smaller rooms benefit from lighter shades of paint creating a larger appearance. Big rooms benefit from bolder colors to make them feel more cozy and comfortable.
What’s the room’s mood and function?
Another element to keep in mind when choosing paint color is the mood and the objective of each room. High activity rooms benefit from warmer tones like reds, oranges or yellows simply because they add energy. While using colder tones like blues and purples will help create a quiet and relaxed environment perfect for relaxation.
Don’t forget about the paint sheen
Paint sheen comes in different categories and characteristics. They vary from flat, eggshell and gloss and can have a huge impact on the performance of the paint.
Flat or matte: No shine and has the ability to darken a room.
Gloss: Higher shine and has the ability to brighten a room.
Eggshell, satin, semi-gloss: give an in-between finish of flat and gloss.
Consider it like this:
- Flat → Matte → Eggshell → Satins → Semi-Gloss → Hi-Gloss
- Less reflection of light → More reflection of light
- More-subtle appearance on wall → Higher shine
- Lower scrubbability → Greater scrubbability
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You don’t need to be an expert to do your own redecorations. All you need is time and patience to learn and investigate before doing anything. Take your time, it’s best not to rush yourself and ask friends and professionals for help and advice.
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