Having the wrong shade and colors of paint in your home can wash down the overall look of your home. While you can have amazing furniture and décor, the right paint will bring out the best features of your home. Additionally, did you know that paint colors of your home can influence potential buyers' decisions if you are looking to sell? Painting the proper color on the walls of your home can transform your home from a tired pale-looking appearance to a high-end class real quick.
How then do you go about selecting the best paint color for your home?
Settle First On Furniture and Décor Accessories
Do you have your furniture and decor in place? Contrary to an unpopular myth, it is easier to choose the right color shades after buying your furniture fabric and accessories to complement the look. Thereafter, deciding on how different color shades accentuate the color of your throw pillows, wall hangings, and even seat covers become an easy task.
Identify Permanent Features Near Areas You Will Paint
The color tone of different permanent features in your home significantly influences the color code of paint you will choose. For instance, a bright color such as blue or pink is off near a fireplace. Thus, you need to select a toned-down color that will march with the mood and tone of the features.
Additionally, you should also consider how you will use the specific part of the room and who will mostly occupy the space. For instance, a study room will go well with a warm color that has a calm mood. More to that, you can have different color tricks that will make smaller confined spaces appear bigger than they actually are. To achieve this look it is essential for you to have bright colors for the long walls and dark colors for short walls to give the illusion of a bigger area.
Just as Rome wasn't built in a single day- so is the painting idea for your home. While it is normal to wake up and feel you want new paint for your home, doing it is a different story altogether. It is essential for you to identify where you draw your inspiration from. You can tap your inspiration from various elements, such as nature, ideas on amazing home designs over the internet, and even normal things around you.
Consequently, you can then begin to work from the Idea by implementing the different inspirations you come across. Do you desire to have a subtle relaxed look for your home? Having this in mind it will be the best fit to settle on colors that give a soothing ambiance. For instance, a baby room works better with light, warm colors that give the feeling of peace and rest for your baby. On the other hand, if your aim is to have an elegant polished look- neutral colors do the trick.
Blending different color shades can give you an attractive end result. However, if not careful, the wrong blending can give you disastrous results, to say the least. Another trick in achieving the best color scheme for your home is to go big on neutral colors. Additionally, by identifying the color scheme, you will be able to settle on the color theme that works best in your home. Shades lighter or darker in different rooms can bring about a significant difference that will accentuate your home's beauty. You can implement the use of virtual painting and color applications which will help you decide on the perfect paint color for your home.
Furthermore, identifying what will work for you best before heading out to the store will save you time in having too many options to choose from. A simple trick when using undertones is that the darkest color from the strip you choose is the true color identity of the choice of color. Color-sensing devices can also aid you in choosing the right paint for your home.
Be Willing to Have a Small Testing
Imagine painting the whole of your house and the color screams off upon drying. Bad color painted on your walls can be hard to live with. Not only will it disappoint you, but it will also waste time and money in rectifying the unfortunate incidents. How about getting smaller units that you can use to test on part of your walls before painting the whole home? How do the color shades reflect during the day or night? Lighting plays a significant role in the outcome of the paint. Additionally, does the blended color match with your decor and furniture?
How About Selecting the Perfect Sheen?
A thumb rule in painting is that the more sheen in the paint, the more flaws become visible. Therefore, it goes without saying that areas you need cover-up in your walls need less sheen in your selection of paint. For instance, the flat matte paint will look good on areas that have lots of flaws and possibly minimum human interaction which can make the area dirty, like the ceiling. On the other hand, flat enamel sheen is easier to clean and has minimal shine.
The eggshell enamel sheen is the best fit for areas that have an average frequency of contact with items or people. Such an area can be the living room or hallway. Satin enamel sheen is the best suitable for areas that tend to get wet and are frequently used as the bathroom. The sheen is easy to clean and can also work perfectly in the kitchen. Gloss enamel sheen can work perfectly on cabinets and high use surface areas.
Choosing The Right Tone of Color
This is the last step after identifying the main features that will complement your color choice. Everything else ranging from the furniture, décor, space, and even lighting should fall into place. What is the big picture after painting? Do neighboring rooms sync and communicate from the same wavelength?
Additionally, the flooring, walls, and even ceiling of the same room should enhance your home's beauty when put together. While mix and match works, be careful not to go overboard, distorting the beauty that you intended to achieve. A simple application that you can use is experimenting on undertones to obtain the best shade. Thus, sampling comes in handy in such a scenario. Additionally, rule of thumb to achieve the perfect outcome is to select bold colors first before settling on the complementary neutral colors.
Do not be afraid of testing, sampling, and experimenting before committing yourself to specific colors for the walls of your home. Are the shades perfect to your liking? Too light or too dark shades which deviate significantly from your desired look can give the rooms different appearances, not to your liking.