Ever walk into the paint store and look at all those colors? Going in you had an idea of what color you might want but all the choices can be distracting, daunting or unnerving. What if you don’t pick the right color? All that work for nothing. Not any more. Pick the right shade for your home with these six expert tips for how to pick paint colors. See more paint color tips here.
How to Pick Paint Colors – Six Expert Tips
From window orientation to how a room is used, many factors play a role in how color is perceived in a home. While choosing a room color is a deeply personal choice, it’s helpful to understand how certain influences can help guide paint color choice.
Noelle Parks, professional interior designer for Dunn-Edwards Paints, shares expert tips on finding the right hue:
1. Choose color based on desired mood of a room
From high-energy red to mellow blue, psychological responses to color inform effective and stimulating home design. Consider the ambience of the room before choosing a color – will it be a lively dining room, a peaceful study or a luxurious bedroom? Warm tones like red, orange and yellow evoke energy, playfulness and action – great for spaces for interaction like dining rooms or kitchens. Cool tones including green, blue, indigo and violet shades create tranquil and soothing environments. Try cool tones for places of relaxation and meditation, like the bedroom.
2. Use neutral colors as a base that can blend with other colors
Neutral colors pair well with many shades. White, the most neutral of colors, gets along with almost any other shade. Crisp and elegant, white opens up spaces and provides a clean, well-designed look. Brown keeps color schemes grounded with its earthy tones and works best with an accent color. Black adds drama and is often used as an accent to embolden other tones.
3. Consider how lighting changes the perception of color
Color looks different on a swatch in a store or on the wall at home at different times of day with different amounts of light. It’s imperative to test colors under the lighting conditions at home to see how the paint will truly appear. If a room gets a lot of sun, a light, cool color may brighten up a room. If there is a lot of natural sunlight, consider painting a deeper, richer color for a serene look.
4. Pay attention to the details in a room
Permanent features like the flooring, architectural trim, moldings and columns will affect how color appears and blends with the rest of the room. For example, dark flooring will go well with lighter wall colors as opposition creates interest and visual excitement. The design on a large piece of furniture may determine the color choice of the overall room.
5. Determine warm or cool tones based on climate and window orientation
Typically, warmer colors are more acceptable in cold climates and cooler colors in warmer regions. A south-facing window orientation suggests a cool to neutral color preference, while a north-facing window suggests the use of a warmer color.
6. Put colors to the test
Test how natural and artificial light will affect the color by painting a two by two-foot sample on different parts of the room that gets different amounts of light. Try sampling various shades of one color. Live with the colors for a few days and see which hue best expresses the original vision. Dunn-Edwards stores offer 8-oz. Perfect Palette Samplers – just the right amount of paint for a sample square.
Thanks to the folks at Dunn-Edwards for sending us these great tips to share with you!
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.