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 by reflecting light in a way that entirely changes a room.
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 wanted. The furniture in the room, the size of the ceilings, and the amount of light can all have a strong affect on the way a wall color looks. Main message: wall colors don’t exist in a vacuum—consider them in relation to the rest of the space.
Setting a Mood
What mood do you hope to create in each room? Every color has its own personality, which works to instill an ambience in the room. Vibrant colors have a vitality that livens a room, 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 simply the color family, while the value describes the brightness of a color, and saturation relates how vivid a color is. Changes to these qualities can make even shades of the same color entirely different, allowing you to personalize your chosen color to perfectly suit your home.
Lighting the Space
While making the final tweaks to your chosen color, think about the room’s lighting sources. Different shades of lighting can make a rainbow from a single color, with each lighting source causing the color to take on a new look, much like a piece of clothing can look purple under incandescent store lighting and black when you remove it from your car 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 what the paint will really look like, 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.
With this advice in mind, your home will be freshly painted and personalized in no time.