Choose a Color Palette Like a Pro!

Painting Like a Pro!

From your ceiling, to trim, to walls, paint is an easy and inexpensive way to give your home a fresh new look. But we know choosing the right paint color can be a daunting task, so we’ve gathered some of our best painting tips to help you make color choices that fit your style.

Color Choices

There are a couple of key things to consider when choosing your colors. Your paint color should be the last thing you select when decorating a room. To get started, pick your favorite item from the room – artwork, a rug, a piece of furniture – use this as the main color or accent wall to tie it in with your decor. Decide what your focal point is and if it’s the wall color let your furnishings support it, not fight it. There can be too much of a good thing with paint.

Next, consider the mood of the room, relaxing and soothing or exciting and energetic? Soft, cool colors and neutrals usually create a quieter feeling while stronger colors are for drama. Warmer, contrasting and somewhat brighter colors add to a sociable atmosphere; deeper blue-greens and neutrals will give a more formal ambiance. Bright colors can encourage creativity and excitement. Keep in mind, some bright hues can lead to restlessness or irritability, so they might not be a great choice for kid’s rooms.

Lastly, don’t pick a color that is too bright or saturated. Using bright cobalt blue or orange is on trend right now. Bright colors like these look great on accessories that have depth to them, like a decorative pillow, but when you put that color on a wall, it is a lot stronger. If you do decide that you can’t live without orange walls, accessorize with neutral tones or white.

Start Small

This is especially important if you are a DIYer – experiment in a powder room, a hallway, or an accent wall. Starting small allows you to get results sooner and if you hate the results (which hopefully if you are reading this article you won’t!), it’s less space to repaint.

Holistic Home

Open floor plans provide ample space for entertaining, but can make it difficult to transition from one paint color to the next. It’s important to consider your home as a whole and to consider the walls planes of color and see how they interact when viewing adjacent rooms. You can achieve color flow by using lighter and darker shades of the same color throughout your home. A paint fan deck is a great tool to help with this. If you want more contrast, consider choosing a few colors and alternate which is the primary, secondary, and accent colors. Perhaps the main wall color in one room becomes the ceiling color in another and an accent color in another. Then coordinate things, such as window treatments, artwork, and accessories, to make the room unified and pulled together.

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Happy Painting!

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