How to Choose Your Interior Paint Colors

We’ve talked about choosing your exterior paint color, but what do you do when you have to choose interior paint colors? The interior of your home may be hidden from the outside world, but not to friends, family, casual visitors, or even yourself. The fact is, we all want our homes to look good, inside and out, but how do you go about doing that? Here we go through some steps you can take to narrow down on the best paint colors for the interior of your home.

Use colors from existing piecesHow to Choose Your Interior Paint Colors

Take a look at your décor—what kinds of colors do they incorporate? Pieces such as rugs, drapes, bedding, or chairs are great to use as color inspiration. Just take one color from that piece and then match the rest of the room to it. You don’t even have to use the exact color; instead, find colors that complement that piece well and go from there.

Think about your favorite colors

Just because neutral colors are popular doesn’t mean you have to use them. At the end of the day, this is your home, so pick colors that you like.

See which rooms are visible to one another

Even if you don’t have an open concept design, making sure that the colors of adjoining rooms complement one another will ensure that there’s a general flow throughout your house. You can either paint these rooms the same color, or create a color scheme so that your different colors can work together.

Pay attention to lighting

The type and amount of light a room receives will shape how colors appear on the walls. Incandescent bulbs, for instance, make colors appear warmer, while fluorescents make colors appear cooler. Natural light, on the other hand, reflects the color in its truest form. Plus, if a room receives a lot of natural light, you should aim for darker colors to make sure the room doesn’t get too bright.

Use an app

If you’re really struggling, then don’t be afraid to turn to technology for help. Now-a-days, there are plenty of mobile apps available to you to help you pick your interior colors. Sherwin-Williams’ Color Snap app, for example, can create color palettes and match colors to a photo in your phone, while Benjamin Moore’s Color Capture can match colors to any photo while also showing the next four closest shades.

Start with the biggest room

If you’re planning on repainting your entire house, then start with the biggest, most centrally located room first and work from there. Even if you’re not planning on repainting your whole house, simply using that bigger room as a place of inspiration will help you narrow down on color choices.

Use shades of the same hue

Again, if you’re painting multiple rooms at the same time, an easy way to cut down on time is to use different shades of the same color for different rooms. This way, you’re really only deciding on one color, and you don’t have to worry about the other colors looking out of place.

Or use color collections

Many major paint brands will have their own color collections—that is, hand-selected color combinations. This will make your job much easier, as then you don’t have to make sure that each color in your house or room matches one another.

Sample it

Once you’ve narrowed down on a few colors, be sure to get a sample size and paint a section of your walls. Colors often look different in the room than they do in the store, so it’s always better to sample it before committing to that color entirely.

When you’ve finally decided on a paint color, it’s then time to get that color on the walls. To do so, consider contacting a professional painting contractor such as Richard Stewart Painting. With over three decades of experience painting residential and commercial interiors, we can help you paint your home with ease. Give us a call today at 1-818-951-1181 to get started.

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