7 Considerations When Choosing Color

Created on Thu Oct 15, 2015
1. Pick what you like
When considering color changes for your home or space, be careful to not get too caught up in the latest color trends. You need to love the space you live in, and realistically, some colors just don’t appeal to everyone, whether they are in style or not. Use your favorite colors! If your color of choice is fuchsia pink, it might not be the wisest decision to paint every interior wall in your home that color, but know that you can still get your fix with accents or accessories.

2. Start with a vision
It can be overwhelming to select paint colors, especially for several different rooms. If you are painting more than one room, be sure to make all of your color choices at the same time. Don’t get stuck painting one room without knowing where you are going with the rest of the project. Consider what look you are aiming for, save photos you love and incorporate ‘your own style’!

3. Think about your mood
When selecting a color, consider the mood of a room. In a bedroom do you want the feeling to be restful and soothing or dramatic and intimate? Soft, cool colors and neutrals usually create a quieter feeling while stronger colors suggest drama, energy, or passion. Do you want a dining area to feel sociable and stimulating or appear formal and quiet? Warmer, contrasting and somewhat brighter colors add to a sociable atmosphere; deeper blue-greens and neutrals will give a more formal ambiance.

4. Follow the Color Wheel
A small color wheel is a great reference tool for modifying and intensifying two or more colors. For example, red and green, which are complementary (opposite) colors, are most intense when used together. You may be surprised at how many combinations function beautifully together, and you may even become attracted to entirely new color palettes.

6. Consider all other finishes
Time and time again we see homeowners selecting their paint colors while standing in the paint section of a home improvement store – under fluorescent lights with no samples of their existing flooring, cabinets or countertops in the home. It’s so important to select colors that compliment the more permanent finishes in your home.

7. Don’t examine a paint sample against a white wall
Color is affected by what surrounds it, and putting a sample on a white wall will cause it to seem unusually dark. Instead, put the paint sample up against a sofa, wood furniture or flooring for a better perspective. Fold up a piece of white paper to give the perception of baseboards and casings (as your paint color is usually framed in by these trims).

8. Bonus tip! Don’t be afraid…
Yes, it can get costly if too many mistakes are made, but do not be afraid of paint colors! It is the easiest fix, especially if you catch the error in the early stages. Paint can change your entire mood, boosting your spirits, or calming you at the end of a long day. It is the quickest, most affordable way to freshen up your home. If you are not happy with what you are seeing on your walls, and the feelings that they evoke, then maybe it’s time to get out the paintbrush.