How to choose the right paint for your home

Choosing the right color palette to represent your personality can be a throbbing pain. A certain color can make your room look big or concise. It can also accentuate your belongings in the room. The color may change according to the natural light entering through the windows. There are endless possibilities with infinite shades. So, how to choose the right one? Let’s delve into it.

Asking the right questions

Before jumping into the colors right away, we should question ourselves to understand what type of color we want.

  • Where is the room?
  • What is the function of the room? Is it the living room or the bedroom?
  • How many windows are there that allow natural lighting?
  • What is the view out of those windows?
  • How large or small is the room?

These questions will give you an idea of what the perfect color for your room could be. For example, while answering the above questions, if you realize that the room doesn’t get any direct sunlight, you can use light colors like white with an undertone of blue, or light peach. This will enhance the lighting of the room even if there’s no prominent source available.

Vice versa can be done if the room receives enough natural light, then one or all the walls can have darker shades like navy blue or brown. These colors are essentially best for bedrooms or bathrooms because they evoke serenity and calmness.

The Color Wheel

A color wheel is a graphical representation of color hues arranged in a circle. It illustrates the links between primary, secondary, and intermediate/tertiary hues and aids in the demonstration of color temperature. There are two types of colors, warm tones, and cool tones. Warm include the reds, oranges, yellow whereas cold ones are blue, purple, green. The cold ones give a little sophisticated vibe, and the warm ones are energizing, best for kids’ rooms or office rooms.

Neutral and Accent Colors

Neutral colors such as light gray, whites, light peach, light yellow, etc., act as an undertone to your room. You can apply a contrasting color to your furniture (with the help of the color wheel) or add elements like cushions, curtains, flowers in a contrasting color to accentuate the wall.

Accent colors are contrasting colors. For example, if we choose blue as our base color, it will be applied to most of the parts of the room. So, the contrasting color to blue is yellow, or orange (based on the shade of blue) and we can apply it to one of the four walls to give it a special pop in the room.

One thing that needs to be kept in the mind is that we have to add accent colors evenly to the space. If we have a single wall with an accent color, we can add a flower vase, cushions, lamps, carpets of the accent color as well. This makes our minds take the room in a united perception. It grasps in a satisfactory manner. This will make the place feel cohesive.

Tips to keep in mind before applying the paint

1. Start small

Before buying paint for the whole home, try using a small portion of the wall with the paint. It can be the whole accent wall or a small part of it. This will allow you to know that is the paint suitable for the room or not and do you like it.

2. Test it

Similar to the previous one, simply holding the paper over the wall will not let you know if it is applicable or not. Sometimes, the color of the paint differs after applying it to the wall. This can happen due to the lighting of the room or the base of the wall. Hence, test a small portion to see the behavior of the color that comes out after applying.

3. Placement of Color

To maintain the flow of the color from one room to another, we need to see the placement of the color as well. If the room’s door has a view of another room or the living area, we need to match it. The flow shouldn’t break or else it’ll look distorted and unsatisfactory to the eyes.

It might become expensive to call an interior designer and do all the color works for you. Once you understand even the basics of color scheming, you can easily choose the suitable color according to your personality and taste. Colors can enhance your moods and they generate a sense of home and coziness. All you need is a little can of paint, a brush, and a dash of artistry.

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