How to Choose Interior Paint Colors | Spectrum Painting

How to Choose Interior Paint Colors

Choosing interior paint colors is like preparing dinner. How? Let me explain! When you are cooking a meal, you can't just grab all the ingredients you like and throw them together in the oven. Instead, you need to understand your ingredients and how they work together. You begin by choosing a few base ingredients (flour, or noodles, or tomato sauce, or ham) and then you bring in other items that will develop and compliment your base (yeast, or cream sauce, or basil, or glaze). Interior painting works the same way.

If you begin choosing your interior paint colors by grabbing a bucket of each of your favorite colors, you are not likely to end up with pleasing results. Instead, you will want to begin with one base color, and branch out all your other choices from that. Your foundation color should be one you like, but it should generally be fairly neutral, as this will be easiest to work with. Residential painters typically recommend the lighter members of the tan and gray families, which can have either warm or cool undertones. While it is possible to choose another color for the trim, there is a very good reason that most people choose bright white or off-white — it always looks great!

Your foundation color is going to be the dominant tone in your connecting spaces, which generally means your entry or foyer, the hallways and stairways. If you have an open floor plan, you may also want the most open rooms to be primarily the base color. Now you are ready to begin branching out into the other spaces!

For self-contained rooms, which are normally not seen from any other part of the house, you are free to choose colors that differ greatly from other parts of the house, as long as it still works with your base color. Bedrooms and bathrooms are great places for diverging styles, as well as other spaces that are not visible once the doors are closed.

Kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms are generally not entirely closed off, and often it is possible to see into several of them from the same location in the home. When this is the case, you need to make sure that all the colors you choose coordinate well, not just with the foundation color, but also with each other. For smooth transitions from room to room, use the foundation color, or one close to it, on at least one wall in these kinds of spaces.

If you begin to feel like your foundation color is taking up too much visual space, which is likely if your home has a very open floor plan, then it is good to consider accent walls. Put a bright pop of color on just one wall, drawing attention and bringing vivid energy to that part of the house.

Beyond these general principles of design, there are many other factors to consider when choosing interior paint colors. A good painting contractor can advise you on color psychology, the effect of light on color, what will make your rooms feel bigger or smaller, how to match walls with furniture, and so on.

Spectrum Painting offers excellent interior and exterior painting services. From our hub here in Wayne, NJ, we service Ramsay, Clifton, East Orange, Livingston, Dover, Hackensack and all the neighboring communities.

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Margaret K. | Jul/19/2016
We used Spectrum Painting to paint our laundry room, kitchen, living room, office, powder room, sitting room, 2 story foyer and hall, 2 bedrooms, master bedroom, ceilings in kitchen, living room, and foyer, 3 car garage, shutters on 13 windows, and the front door with 2 sidelights. In addition to the walls being painted all doors, baseboards, window frames, crown molding, and other trim were included. Furthermore, we had a wallpaper border removed and crown molding added in the master bedroom. The paint job took less than a week and turned out great! We could not be happier with all of the colors we chose (with the help of Pam) and the way the it turned out. Overall, the sales team, including Rich Lauretta and John Mangiafreno, the project manager Rafael, and the design consultant Pam Steinhilber were all very professional and a pleasure to work with.
Simon R. | Aug/30/2016
This is the third project that Spectrum completed at our home, and it is with great pleasure to say that this was another PERFECT experience from beginning to end! We wish to thank the entire Spectrum team for their professionalism, knowledge, and excellent workmanship!! They are always courteous, reliable, and very experienced. Once again Rich was very helpful and attentive to our needs for this project. Pawel was our crew leader, and he was amazing! He was so meticulous, and he took great pride in his work. A job well done! Thank you again for your exemplary service. We definitely look forward to having Spectrum complete future projects at our home!
Rich and Phyllis Ulivella | Jun/5/2019
Our master bedroom and bath have never looked so beautiful- thanks to Spectrum Painting. Throughout the entire job the staff was professional, courteous, knowledgeable, honest and most caring of my concerns as a homeowner.
Marilyn S. | Jan/12/2015
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Mike W. | Jan/12/2015
We have been a customer for many years and have recommended Spectrum Painting to friends and neighbors in the past. Staff are courteous and polite and experienced. They are careful with maintaining cleanliness of the property. The work is professionally done and the company is well managed. They take the customer's concerns seriously and take the time to explain and alleviate those concerns.
Abe N. | Jul/5/2016
We hired Spectrum to paint, wallpaper, remove wallpaper, build a closet, remove popcorn ceilings, and other related jobs that came up. Each day I was greeted with a smile and handshake from the crew leader and his team. At the end of the day, their enthusiasm was as strong as it was in the morning. Just an amazing group of dedicated, hardworking people. They finished our condo in record time, covered our floors and furniture, what little we had. I am sorry that we have to stop at 5 stars. They deserve at least double that number! We moved into a condo and they were careful also about the common areas, putting down tarps and board to keep the dust off the rugs and not track onto the carpet. The building staff was so appreciative!
Elise T. | Oct/7/2016
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