Choosing the best paint colors for your home is enough to make anyone mad! It’s only a simple question.
What color should I paint my living room?
How do I use unique colors in various rooms and still make it all look great together? How do I know I’ll like it when I’ve finished? How long will I like it? There are so many questions and even more choices to choose from!
All of this could be intimidating so most people just give up and choose a version of white. It’s a neutral, but generally it seems a little less than personable, right?
Well, I have a few suggestions which should help.
We want color! We are in need of color!! Rooms look more inviting because colour somehow seems more alive. Zillow published an article last week that mentioned how homes even sell better when they’re painted certain colors. There are a number of choices so we know we could find one that we like, but let’s plan it out.
First, gather choices.
There are several sites which will’help’ you decide on a color. They show you how many diverse choices they have and a number of them can even show you what it will look like in your room. This really is super helpful, IF you want to figure out how their program works. You can grab a handful of possibilities at a local hardware store, or you can look through magazines or online and save the colours that you like best. I’ll explain how you can narrow it down, don’t worry.
Secondly, consider the mood you want in the room. Relaxing? Energizing and uplifting? Socializing?
Then, have a second and consider what you’ll look like when you are in the room.
I know, this is just a little bit unconventional. But really, do you ever notice that if you choose a selfie, you look better with color in your background? Like the blue sky, or flowers, or a maybe a trendy red vehicle.
How many people run around the house, or even outside in the yard to have a fast selfie where the background color of a tree or the sky makes us look better than the dull white bathroom wall? When we feel we are at our best we’re more happy and recharge from the world much more quickly.
Fourth, figure out which colors complement you personally.
Some folks look great in colors of blue, and others seem best in shades of orange. It only requires a few minutes to find out which color looks best on you.
Some Actions to Help Choose the Best Colors
Step 1 – Figure out which skin tone and hair colour you’ve got and then get suggestions of colours that will look best with your specific skin tone. Yes, like cosmetically. These tips will give us a wonderful variety of colors that we can use as a palette to choose from.
Having this original palette is a fantastic start as it really narrows down the choices.
Step 2 – We know which colours make us look our best, we will need to take into account the purpose of the room we are painting. This is similar, but slightly different from the mood of the room.
It would be smart to also consider the colors that are already in the furniture upholstery and artwork.
Coordinating colors always look’put together’, like we know exactly what we’re doing.
Once you know the key colors that make you look best, and match with upholstery or drapes which you enjoy, Adobe has a trendy Color Wheel tool. You may take your colors to the wheel and then plug them in one at a time and it will show you which colors will complement or coordinate with the one you have selected.
On my site I’ve explained in a little more detail about color theory and how it subtly affects our moods. When you have your colour choices narrowed down to 3 or 4, you can take them to one of those websites which allow you to load pictures of your room and then examine out the color in pictures.
This will make it much more easy to decide which color to use.
If you like the idea I am sharing here, take a look at my site for a more detailed description. There is also a movie with more ideas and links to the cool tools that I’ve mentioned here.