There are few decisions that will so heavily impact the feel of your home as much as choosing the right paint color for your walls. The right color can open and brighten an area, reflecting light in a way that entirely changes a room. On the other hand, bold colors can limit your ability to hang art and decorations without the appearance of clutter. Read on for our tips on what to consider when deciding which colors to paint the walls of your home.
Consider the Space
It’s important to consider the specific space you will be painting, rather than thinking about the paint colors by themselves. You may love Electric Blue, for example, but if your room lacks natural light, the color may wind up looking darker than you want. The furniture in the room, the size of the ceilings, and the amount of light can all have a strong effect on the way a wall color looks. The main message here is, wall colors don’t exist in a vacuum—consider them in relation to the rest of the space.
If you love a darker color, but ultimately decide you don’t have enough natural light to support it, consider using the color on an accent wall. You would paint one wall the bold color, and paint the other three walls white, or a similarly light shade. This allows you to experience the color your heart desires, without darkening your room too much.
Think About Art
Do you like to hang pictures on your walls? When you close your eyes and envision your perfect living space, do you see paintings and photographs all around you, or are the walls mainly empty? If you’d rather not hang a lot of pictures (for example, if your building doesn’t allow you to make holes in the walls), some fun colors can bring a lot of personality to your space, without the need to add decorations. On the other hand, if you have several large images that you want to hang up, you may be better off with a neutral wall color, which will allow the pictures you hang to shine.
Setting a Mood
What mood do you hope to create in each room? Every color has its own personality, which works to instill an ambiance in a room. Vibrant colors have a vitality that enliven, while darker colors can add dramatic depth. With both, the lighter the color, the subtler this effect becomes, as the room grows tranquil. Deciding what your ideal mood is will make it easier to narrow down the options.
Finding the Right Tone
Having chosen the right color family is only half of the battle—selecting the precise shade is just as important. Hue, value, and saturation are subtle differences that can have a powerful effect on the overall impact of your accent wall, room, or home color. The hue of a paint is it’s color family, the value describes the brightness of a color, and it’s saturation relates how vivid a color is. Changes to these qualities can make even shades of the same color entirely different, allowing you to really personalize your ideal selection.
The Latest Trends
It’s fun to look at the year’s paint trends and see if any of the colors call out to you. This year, popular colors range from cloud-like neutrals to inky black. Although many cool-toned options are in vogue, there is also a variety of warm colors to choose from, such as warm, golden yellows and rich reds. Use these colors as inspiration, but in the end, gravitate to what you love best!
Lighting the Space
So, you’ve finally chosen the ideal color for your home. Did you know that a room’s lighting sources can entirely affect it? Different shades of lighting can make a rainbow from a single color, with each source of light causing the color to take on a new look. Think about how clothing can look purple under incandescent store lighting, and then look black when in broad daylight.
When you are ready to buy paint, be sure to test your paint sample in the provided light boxes. These will allow you to preview the color, whether the room is lit by natural, incandescent, or fluorescent lighting. For further reassurance, take home the samples to hang on each wall. This way, you will know exactly what to expect, without the added hassle of returns and wasted money. To be even more cautious, buy the smallest available container of paint and paint a corner of your wall. You can sit with the color for a few days before committing to an entire room’s worth of paint.