Picking the right color of paint for your house can be a challenging task. After all, you’ll be living with the paint shades you choose for years! It’s important to make the right choices and avoid poor colors that will clash or cause other problems. This quick guide can help homeowners who are ready to paint but aren’t sure where to begin when choosing the right colors.
Start with a Color Wheel
A color wheel is designed to show how different shades of color work together, what shades complement each other, and what color pairings work — or don’t work. When picking out the right colors for your house, it’s a great idea to start with a color wheel and learn the basics of choosing colors. This is particularly important when you are choosing brighter colors, but color wheels can help all kinds of painting decisions — especially if you have a good idea about your primary color, but also want a secondary color that matches it.
Choose a Color Scheme
Try to choose a color scheme early so you know all the colors you are working with before you start picking where exactly those colors will go. For example, you may want to choose a monochromatic scheme, which means picking a base color and a few different shades (lighter and dark) of that color that you can mix and match to various effects. Or you may want to pick one more neutral color and one more vibrant color, and find interesting ways to combine them that will benefit your decorating choices.
Limit Your Options
As you are picking colors, work to limit your choices. If you pick too many colors, all you will create is a distracting mess. Even in playrooms and kid’s rooms, it’s better to limit your color options to only a few complementary colors. Stick with two or three choices and work on innovative ways to use them.
Plan Around a Particular Part of Your Home
If you are still struggling to pick the right colors around your home, try to pick a focal point. This focal point could be a part of the home you are really proud of, like wood floors, new countertops, or beautiful window treatments. Then use the colors of that focal point to pick the colors for your walls and ceilings. This will help draw attention to the focal points in your home while making sure that your colors complement them.
Choose the Right Finish
Finish or “sheen” refers to how shiny the paint is, usually ranging from flat to high gloss paints. You can pick your finish in a variety of ways, based on how reflective you want your paint to be. High gloss paints tend to work better in more active, lively rooms that benefit from lots of light. Flatter paints often work better in quieter areas. You don’t have to choose your sheen for each room, but you should give it some thought!
Use Neutral Colors Where Possible
When in doubt, use neutral colors. It’s an easy choice that will help your décor stand out, and hard to go wrong with!
We know, there’s a lot to think about when choosing the right paint color for your home. If you still have questions, or you’re in a situation where you could use some more advice on paint options, give Tarheel Painters a call! We’ll help you make the right decisions for paint that will last for years!