Choosing the right color of paint for your interiors can be difficult because there are so many factors to consider. Some things to consider are the mood you want to create, what colors work best with your furnishings and fabrics, and what colors you and your family like best. Also, get to know the basic colors in design to make the task a little easier.
Paint is available in almost any color you can imagine, so take your time choosing. You can go to paint stores and hardware stores and get sample paint chips and color strips, where available. Color strips will display several shades within the same color family. Even if you don’t want to use a particular color, familiarize yourself with the entire strip. Knowing the underlying tones of any color can be advantageous, it can help you know if you’re headed in the right direction as far as choosing the color you want.
With the paint chips, make sure you don’t just hold them up to the wall. Hold them up against your furniture, rugs, lamps, coffee tables, paintings, and any other accessories in the room to get a full feel of how that color would work. See if the colors compliment each other. Also make sure you examine the chips under different lighting.
If you’re really having trouble deciding on a paint color, try to pull one of the colors out of an already existing piece in the room (such as a piece of art, or a patterned fabric). Bring samples of your fabrics when you’re out hunting for paint. If you really feel lost and can’t decide, or if you already have a lot of color in the room, consider a neutral paint color. Neutrals are more accepting of other colors, so they are likely to work with whatever is already in the room.
And don’t forget the ceiling. Generally, lighter colors are preferred for the ceiling. It creates a lifting effect and makes the room feel more spacious. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be white. Something you may want to consider is matching the ceiling color to the room’s wall color by going a couple shades lighter in the same color family. If you have leftover paint from the walls and don’t want to purchase additional paint, add a little white to your leftover until you get the right shade. If you do this though, be sure to note the parts per gallon added, in case you need more.
And if you’re still not sure, ask the experts at the store for advice. They’re always happy to help.