So you want to paint a room in your house, but not sure where to begin. Even if it doesn’t seem like it, there’s a lot that goes into choosing paint colors behind the scenes! Paint colors have a dramatic impact on how your space looks and feels. The wall color serves as a backdrop to all of the furniture and elements that fill the room. It can be obvious when the wrong color was chosen. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing paint colors for your space.
Consider The Mood You’re Going For
Among all of the different color choices available, there are groups of colors that you can focus in on depending on what mood you’re going for. If you’re painting a bedroom, you may be aiming for a relaxing palette, which would lead you to look at lighter hues. If you are renovating a playroom, bright tones might be more appropriate. Nailing down the mood for the space will help you begin to narrow down the color families you’re looking at.
Pull Inspiration From Textiles and Art
If you have a few items that will be used in the room that you’re painting, draw inspiration from those pieces. Patterns are usually good for this purpose because they often have a few different colors in them. You can pick one of the colors in a patterned throw pillow to use on the walls. Or you can pick opposing colors to make sure the patterns pop in the room. For example, if blue and purple patterned throw pillows are going to be used in the room, you can pull out a light blue color for the walls OR you can paint the walls white to make sure that pattern stands out. You can use this same logic for art pieces, rugs, or other elements.
Coordinate With Other Colors In Your Home
When painting rooms in your home, don’t forget about the rest of the house! It’s ideal for the rooms to flow together for a cohesive look. Having a chopped up vision won’t get you the end result you’re striving for. You can achieve a cohesive look by using the same color throughout your home, using multiple shades of the same color, or sticking to a color palette of 2-4 colors.
Get Chips And Samples
Don’t rely on selecting paint at the store! It’s really important to see paint chips and samples in your own home. You want to see the color in the correct lighting of your space to make sure it is what you want. Have you ever heard designers say things like “that color has a purple tint” or “this color has green undertones?” It’s true! There are a thousand different white paint colors, but they all (or most all) are truly different because they have different undertones. This is true for most colors and certain lighting can influence how they appear.
If you’re struggling to select a color or figuring out how much paint to purchase once you find a color, here are some resources!
You can schedule a virtual consultation with a Sherwin Williams expert through this link.
There are a few apps that you can use to match paint colors to things in your home and visualize what your space would look like in different hues. Sherwin Williams Colorsnap Visualizer, Benjamin Moore Color Portfolio, and Valspar Colorwand are great resources to download on your mobile device – you can even use a couple of these on your desktop.
Use this calculator from The Spruce to figure out approximately how many gallons of paint you’ll need for your project (scroll to the bottom of the post for the calculator).
Last but not least, here is a Sherwin Williams coupon for $15 off a $75 paint purchase!
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