One of the earliest steps in any
is choosing the
color you want. While there are many ways to find the right color, it’s common
for homeowners to feel paralyzed by the number of choices they have, especially
for indoor rooms where surfaces can be nearly any color they can imagine.
To help out,
we’re going through our favorite tips on how to finally pick the right color
for your plans! Try these methods and see if any of them help out.
Start with a Piece of Inspiration
In many rooms,
you may already have a favorite piece or color that’s important to you. This
could be a view out the window, some beautiful kitchen tile, a piece of art, a
beloved dining table, or nearly anything else. One of the easiest and most
effective options is to build around that object by choosing colors that complement
Use the Color Wheel
should spend some time with a color wheel. Color wheels are easily available
online and show you what colors work well together, with complementary colors
on the opposite side of the wheel and analogous colors beside each other, among
other choices. There’s a lot you can do with a color wheel, especially if you
already have one color to start with, so we advise taking a look!
When In Doubt, Stick to Neutral Colors
by definition, go with almost anything and they are a good choice when you
already have a lot of colorful furniture or art and want something calmer and
more subdued. Popular neutral colors include off-whites, grays, beige, black,
brown, olive, and some shades of blue. Keep in mind that natural materials can
Check Out Monochromatic Pallets
scheme means you pick only one color for a room but use warmer or cooler
versions of that color or lighter and darker versions to help add variety. This
is a good choice in rooms where you want to subtly highlight certain sections
without clashing with another color.
Don’t Choose Too Many Colors
Inside a house,
you should usually keep colors in a room limited to two or three at the most.
Unless you’re painting a mural on the wall, more than three colors quickly
becomes confusing, difficult to plan, and jarring to the eye.
Remember to Choose a Finish
paint also has a finish as well as a color! The finish describes how shiny and
durable the paint is. A high finish will be reflective and relatively easy to
clean. A matte or eggshell finish will be very flat, unreflective, and more
delicate. There are other levels of finish to consider if you want a
compromise, too. Consider how dirty your walls get, how active the room is
(kitchen vs. bedroom), and the lighting in the room when choosing the right
Still, need help
deciding between colors or choosing the right kind of color for your space?
Call Tar Heel Painters
for your color consultation! We can
provide advice and quotes so that you have the best information to act on.