Choosing interior paint colors for your home doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it sounds. Make it easy by following these 5 tips!
5 Tips for Choosing Interior Paint Colors
1. Prints & Patterns Inspiration
Are you a print and/or pattern person? If so, look to your favorite area rug, comforter, or throw pillow for paint color inspiration. If you want to create an accent wall, choose the boldest color in the print or pattern.
Want to go more subtle? Look to the small details in your fabric to pull a color from. This works well when painting large spaces.
Pro Tip: Take a piece of fabric to the paint store and get paint strips to view at home before buying.
2. Use Artwork or Other Home Decor
Artists are pros when it comes to creating color schemes for their artwork. Interior designers often use this as inspiration when choosing paint colors for a client’s room, which means you can too.
If artwork isn’t the only thing hanging on your walls, use those other decor pieces to begin creating a color palette that will compliment the entire room.
Pro Tip: Look for complimentary colors in your artwork or decor to create a color scheme.
3. Look to Nature
Nature has always been filled with rich colors from green grass to the various colors found at a beach. Colors replicated from nature are said to have a grounding effect, which can be the perfect addition to any space.
Blues and greens are said to offer a casual and relaxing feel, making it a perfect selection for the walls in a bedroom.
Pro Tip: Look at colors next to each other on a color wheel that both compliment and contrast.
2. Keep it Neutral when choosing interior paint colors
Although today’s most trending neutral color is gray, you can never go wrong by considering white, beige, or a soft khaki. These colors typically offer the most versatility and play when it comes to adding rugs, furniture, and wall decor.
Keep in mind that grays often work like a chameleon, allowing colors to appear either warm or cool. It pairs beautifully with pastels, poppy colors like hot pink, or citrusy shades.
Pro Tip: Add a striped wall in neutral colors to add style but still keep a relaxed feel.
4. Go Back in Time
If there’s one thing memorable about history, it’s the way their homes were decorated. Think Victorian, Craftsman, Spanish Revival, or even Mid-Century. Homes in these eras offered bold colors with undertones that were often painted halfway up the wall through the ceiling.
These paint color palettes may be rooted in the past, but they look just as fresh today as they did in the past.
Pro Tip: Give a historical paint palette a twist by choosing a lighter shade in the combo.
5. Before you paint, remember when choosing interior paint colors…
In your excitement, you may be ready to rush to find colors and instantly begin painting.
That’s all fine and dandy until you realize the color you chose looks differently when it dries, or that you’re not quite settled with how it pairs with your furniture.
Before you paint, remember these quick (but powerful) tips:
- Do your homework before shopping. Collect items to take to the paint store and grab samples swatches to take home.
- Sample paint colors before committing. This will give you the best view of what a color will truly look like.
- Calculate how much paint you’ll need to keep from running out and minimizing waste.
With the tips offered here, you’ll be well on your way to choosing interior paint colors you can be happy with.
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