5 Tips For Choosing Interior Paint Colors
1. BE AWARE OF THE COLORS AROUND YOUR SPACE
The number one thing you should know is that color is like an optical illusion and color perception can be tricky. What looks good in one space, might look completely different in another, depending on the lighting, and what other colors are in the room. That’s because color is perceived in context. A white living room overlooking a row of brick buildings may take on a reddish tint, for instance, while a master bedroom facing a cool blue pool is likely to look a little blue at some point during the day. Look to find colors that compliment or balance out other hues that may be in your space.
2. VIEW YOUR COLOR AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF DAY
The amount of natural light in your space, and the direction it’s coming from can also impact the way color is perceived. Make sure you love your color both under daylight and in the evening when the sun is down, and the artificial lights are on in your home. The picture below shows the difference that lighting can make on the color you choose.
3. ENSURE A COHESIVE DESIGN SCHEME
Before applying brush-outs or sticking samples onto your wall, hold it up alongside the furnishings and other decor elements in your space to make sure they are cohesive and complement each other. As a rule of thumb, warmer colors (like beige or golden hues) are a good fit for more traditional styles; cooler colors (cool neutrals or grays) are worth considering if your style is more modern.
4. MOVE IT AROUND!
Move your paint swatches around to see which color resonates most and how each one will look both in the brightest and dimmest parts of your rooms.
5. TRUST YOUR GUT
Ultimately, go with your gut. Color is all about creating a mood and being thoughtful about how you want to feel when you come home each day.
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