Deciding on the right paint colors for your walls is not an easy task. Once painted you will have to settle with your decision, so it becomes important to choose wisely before you start. The paint colors for interior walls usually comes down to personal preferences, rather than trying to impress your neighbors. But if you are about to sell your home it is advisable to rather choose neutral colors so that you do not scare away potential buyers due to your choice in colors.
If you want to save money and hassles, here are a few useful tips you can use before you choose paint colors for your interior walls.
1. Consider Your Decor and Furniture
If you are sticking with the same decor and furniture, look for the colors that will compliment them. It is much easier to select colors that match up to your decor and furniture than choosing paint colors and then trying to match decor and furniture. This will also give you a basis or idea on the color range you should be going for.
For example, bright blue couches will usually go better with neutral color paints for your walls. While beige curtains and lounge suites would go better with a bolder paint color.
2. Design A Mood Board
Don’t expect to visit your local paint store and think that the perfect colors are just going to magically appear. It is important to do your homework. Use a site like Pinterest to browse through images with rooms that have wall colors that you like. Once you have collected at least 10, you will have a better idea about the colors you are attracted to.
3. If You Are In Doubt, Stick To The Neutrals
Neutral paint colors don’t have to be boring, and it is also the best option if you are about to sell your home. Grey neutral or warm white tones, provide potential buyers with the option to swap out decor and furniture with brighter patterns, colors, and fabrics.
Choosing to paint your walls all white can be slightly clinical, yet it does come down to what makes you feel comfortable. If you are living in a modern, minimalist home, this may look stunning and match up to the aesthetic.
4. Use Tester Pots
Tester pots are one of the best ways to find the colors that you really like. Buying small samples of the colors you are interested in will allow you to assess how they look on your walls, eliminating the risks of buying the full product only to discover that the color is wrong. Paint colors often look different once they dry. The way the color looks at night and during the day might also come as a surprise to you.
If you are interested in bold colors for your bathroom vanity or accent walls, choose a few darker or lighter shades on that color strip. Once you have chosen your color it is easy to paint over the tester areas with either a lighter or darker shade.
5. Stick To Interior Decorator Rules
The standard advice when it comes to decorating involves light colors for ceilings, medium colors for walls, and dark colors for floors. Another option involves using the color-ratio of 60 – 30 – 10 (walls – furniture -accessories) to maintain balance.
Interior decorators will often ask their clients about the colors they often dress in. This approach then makes sense when it comes to decorating rooms in your home in colors that flatter you and make you feel good.
6. The Paint Sheen That You Choose Can Make A Difference
The sheen that you decide on for your paint is also another important factor. A semi-gloss or satin enamel for the walls in your lounge may show up flaws. However, this sheen is perfect for kitchens and bathrooms, making it easier to wipe dirt and marks away. If you are unsure, talk to one of the professionals at a paint shop and they will suggest the right paint sheen according to the walls you want to paint.
7. Add Interest And Depth With Color
Deciding to paint all the walls in your home one color is definitely easy, but it can also make your house look boring. By choosing a shade or two darker or lighter for focal walls or in different rooms in your house will add more interest and depth. Also think about classical pairings like white and black, that you can accent with metalics or other colors.
If you have planned to use different colors, your palette should be limited to a maximum of 4, to stop your home from appearing too busy.
When it comes to paint colors for your interiors it really doesn’t matter what other people have to say. You will be the person to live with these choices. If you love the colors, who cares if anyone else has something to say. Call Varsity Painters today and we can work with you to determine the right colors for your home.