If you’ve just purchased a home or your current home is in need of a major makeover, one of the most important questions you’ll have to ask yourself is, “What colors should I paint each room?” This is a huge decision as the whole look and feel of your room is based around the colors you choose and you’ll likely want to keep the walls painted these colors for many years.
Before you even try to choose colors for a room, you’ll need to make a few decisions first. You’ll need to decide the mood that you want the room to convey. For example, if you’re painting a bedroom, you may want a restful, calming feel so pairing two neutrals together such as tan and ivory, or grey and taupe, can create that soothing feel you’re going for. Or, say you’re painting your living room and really want to add that pop of color to bring out your bold style, you could use bright color combinations or even create an accent wall!
Once you figure out the mood you want for the room you’re painting, the next step is to figure out the colors you want to use. Soft, cool colors convey a calm and soothing feel, while warm, brighter colors bring more energy to a room. You should also consider how lighting will affect your room color. Natural light reveals the truest color, while incandescent lighting brings out warms tones and fluorescent lighting brings out blue tones.
Tips to Avoid Common Color Mistakes
We also wanted to give you a few tips so you can avoid making common color mistakes before you start.
1. A common mistake people often make is that they try to find a paint color that matches an object in a room exactly. Instead, choose colors that make that object stand out! Also, don’t go safe, by choosing white or cream.
2. Make some extra effort when you’re choosing paint colors and choose a few color samples (no more than three or four), brush them on the wall and observe them throughout the day so you can see how the light affects the colors. Trust us, this extra effort will be worth it!
3. Another common mistake is choosing a color that is just too bright for the room. Often, it’s best to keep colors more subdued, especially when you’re looking to blend with the rest of the house.
4. Finally, you’ll want to avoid the mistake of choosing colors that are not appropriate for the space. For example, warmer colors tend to make people feel good, so they are usually the best choices for dining rooms or powder rooms. Cooler colors convey a calm, restful feeling, so those are great for living rooms and bedrooms.
So before you give a room a makeover, take some extra time to consider the paint color you’ll be using. It will all be worth it in the end when you are happy with the color you choose!