Color Choices for Your Interior Painting Project
Choosing an interior painting color can be tricky for homeowners who don’t have a natural eye for colors and decorations. First of all, if you’re in the process of selling your home, we straightaway recommend painting your interior walls with a white or off-white color. This will allow the buyer to easily cover the wall with their color of choice and will give your rooms a brighter and clean appearance.
For everyone else, there’re thousands of colors to choose from, and hundreds of color schemes you can take advantage of in order to transform your interiors. Before we share some color ideas for your interior painting project, take a quick look at what some popular colors mean and how they affect the painted space.
The Effects of Color
Before you buy gallons of paint in your favorite color, you need to understand how that color will affect the mood and appearance of the room.
Cool and Soothing Colors
The cool and soothing colors are located on the left side of the color wheel and they provide a sense of calm and feeling of trust.
- Blue: This is a generally a peaceful color. Deep blue creates a sense of dignity while light blue can make your room appear brighter and refreshing.
- Green: This conveys a sense of growth and renewal. Being one of the most prominent colors in nature, it blends effortlessly in any room.
- Violet: it combines the energy of red and calm of blue. When used in the bedroom, violet conveys a sense of serenity.
Warm and Cozy Colors
You will find warm and cozy colors on the right side of the color wheel, and they generally convey a message of strength and togetherness.
- Red: It represents energy, passion, and power. It has also been shown to stimulate appetite, which is why you will commonly find it in dining rooms
- Orange: it’s a little less aggressive than red, and it creates warmth and a sense of joy. It’s however very difficult to tone down, which is why you only see it being used as an accent color.
- Yellow: it produces different effects depending on how much of it you’ve used. Yellow is generally an uplifting and happy color –however, if you overuse it, you can easily create a distraction and overwhelm your space.
Neutral colors include shades of white, beige, gray, taupe, and black. They are the easiest colors to use because they blend easily with most surroundings. Neutral colors can also be stylish and dramatic. For instance, black and white are neutral colors that create a wonderful palette for additional colors.
Pastel colors are the result of adding a large amount of white to colors. They create a comfortable, airy feeling in any room
Interior painting color ideas
When faced with an interior painting project, color selection can be quite a daunting task to most homeowners. Here are some quick ideas on how to choose the best color for your interior painting project;
- Start with your favorite colors
The easiest way to pick the best color for your interior paint is to start with your favorite colors. Starting with the colors you love sets you free from the bounds of the traditional color schemes. You can simply use your favorite color as the base color and create a unique color scheme around it.
- Search for color inspirations
Catalogs and magazines have always provided inspiration for decoration and color selection. Today, you can access thousands of inspiration pages online. Retailer sites, company websites, and blogs show you lots of examples on how to color your interior. You can also get real-time color inspirations from social media platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest. On Pinterest, you can create color inspiration boards and keep everything in one place.
- Try a lighter or darker shade
When trying to find your best interior paint color, sometimes you may need to play around with the colors at hand to find a suitable match. So if you’re tinkering with a certain color but it’s not quite clicking, consider a lighter or darker shade of the same color. Many paint colors appear on a paint strip in gradual shades, and this should be helpful.
- Consider the 60-30-10 rule
After choosing your favorite color, consider using the 60-30-10 rule; use the dominant color(s) in 60% of the room; the secondary color(s) in 30% of the room; and accent color(s) in 10% of the room. Doing this provides your room with balance and aesthetic appeal.
If you still haven’t figured the best color for your interior painting project up to this point, feel free to seek a second opinion. If you’re hiring a repainting specialist for the project, you can ask them for some professional color advice based on the color ideas that you already have. They will be more than happy to offer free color consultation alongside interior painting.