How to Choose the Right Paint Color for Your Home

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How to Choose the Right Paint Color for Your Home

If you're like many people who decide to have their house painted, you may be a little confused about what paint colors to choose. Fortunately, there are a number of useful tips that can help make the process smooth and enjoyable. In fact, you may even want to look at your painting project as a great way to give your home a face-lift.


Before you go out and buy a ton of bold paint, or hire a professional painting contractor to paint your home from top to bottom in that lovely shade of yellow, you might want to experiment in a hallway or bathroom. If you're like many people, there's little more frustrating than thinking you have found the perfect paint color only to realize that it is simply not at all what you imagined for your home.

Consider Your Lighting

Although you may wish to paint your home the same color throughout, you may find that your selection looks significantly different from one room to the next. Usually this is because of the varying amounts and shades of lighting in each room. So, before you settle on only one color, take a good look at the effects of different lighting in each room.

Determine the Mood

It makes sense that your bedroom may feel a bit cozier than, say, a bathroom. That's why it's essential to take the mood of each room into consideration during the selection of your desired paint colors. For example, if you are looking to paint a kid's room, you may want to go with an exciting primary color. On the other hand, you may prefer a warm color to create a formal ambiance in your dining area.

Use That Color Wheel

A small color wheel can help you gain a clear picture of how your paint colors will interact with each other. For example, if you plan to paint an accent wall in your living area, you'll want to be sure that it compliments the rest of the room. In addition, a color wheel can provide you with an excellent illustration of the visual temperature of each color as well as intriguing your adventurous side. In fact, your color wheel may even inspire you to choose a color scheme you never before would have considered.

The Finish

Although painting each room can create an interesting dynamic within your home, there are a number of other ways to achieve a similar result. Especially if you are looking for a monochromatic color scheme, creating dimension with different paint finishes may be exactly what you need to achieve your desired result. Perhaps a combination of eggshell walls with semi-gloss trim is the perfect fit.

Regardless of your specific color scheme or finish selection, you can rest assured that a fresh coat of paint is a great way to refresh the look and feel of any room. So, get out your color wheel and couple it with your own style and imagination. Who knows? You just might love the transformation.

Melissa P.

Melissa P.

Spencer, Oklahoma, United States

Melissa is a freelance writer, photographer and painter with many years of experience helping individuals and businesses attract clients using art, photography and engaging written content. She specializes in writing about research topics that include health, business, self-im...

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