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.
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