The Dos and Don’ts of Picking House Paint Colors
Choosing colors for your home’s interior and exterior paint can be intimidating and overwhelming at the same time. You may have all the inspirations you need, from magazine images to pinterest posts, but still feeling lost when it comes to putting those ideas together. Let these simple dos and don’ts be your guide for your repainting project, and have the confidence to put together a color palette that would look nice for your home.
Do consider the floor color
When choosing a paint color, we have the tendency to ignore one of the largest surfaces in the house and overlook its existing color. The wall—the largest surface you have at home—will only look good if its color complements the floor color. Therefore, make sure to consider this portion of the room when picking an interior painting color palette.
Don’t ignore the existing decor in the room
Just like the floor color, the existing colors scheme of your decor should matter when picking home paint colors. Your artworks, furniture, rugs and carpets, and other elements inside the house, especially those that are seated next to the walls, should be considered when deciding on interior home painting colors.
Do learn what warm and cool colors are
Being able to identify a color’s temperature will make it easier for you to decide. If you have ever tried bringing a color swatch or decor in neutral color that doesn’t seem to look right on most hues you currently have—which is quite unlikely for a neutral shade—then it probably is because of the color temperature.
Don’t skip sample tries
When your initial color decision is done online, your paint hues are only as accurate as the resolution quality of your monitor. If you are in the paint shop, you are seeing the colors under their lighting condition. And even if you are holding a paint strip against your wall or taping it on the wall, it still won’t give accurate results of how a particular color would actually look like when painted. Your best bet? Properly sampling the paint. Paint a small section of your wall with the paint color you want, so you’ll be able to see how it would look like under your home’s lighting and next to your existing home decor and colors.
Do stick with neutrals
We are not saying avoid colors altogether. Colors add interest to the room, but identify first which element of the room you want to standout. If you want it to be the walls, then go bold with your choice of color for wall paint, and leave the floor, ceiling and decor in neutral shades. This will help balance out the aesthetics of the room, and ensure that there is nothing too much going on visually in the space.
Don’t take sheen for granted
You might think a subtle sheen won’t do any harm to your home’s interior look. But mind you, the type of sheen can either accent or camouflage flaws. Here’s a guideline for the different paint finishes.
- Matte (Flat): No shine at all. This finish is perfect for areas with low traffic, like the bedroom. Also ideal for ceilings and in areas where there’s lesser chances of getting stained of scratch, since this type of finish is not as easy to clean like the other types of finishes.
- Flat Enamel: Almost no shine, but easier to clean than the matte finish. Also ideal for low traffic areas.
- Eggshell Enamel: Has a bit of shine and is ideal for moderate traffic areas. In case of mild stains and scratches, you can just a damp cloth to wipe them off.
- Satin Enamel: Has more sheen and works perfectly in high traffic spots with presence of moisture, such as the bathroom and kitchen.
- Semi-Gloss Enamel: this finish is shiny but isn’t glass-like. This is the type of paint you want for the trims and cabinets, or anywhere else with high moisture.
- Hi-Gloss Enamel: Super shiny! This gives off a glass-like gloss and is ideal for highly used surfaces, like the railing and some furniture.
Do create a color theme for your interior
This does not mean you have to paint the entire house with only one color. We mean consider how each room of your house would look together if all doors are opened and you are able to see the interiors all at the same time. If you prefer to play safe and go for one color, try to play with shades. Go a few shades darker or lighter in a room. Go for the darkest shade in the middle wall and lighter shades on the rest of the walls. It’s a great way to add interest and depth to the room.
Don’t get overwhelmed, call a professional!
There may be endless of color choices, but if you work with a professional painting contractor like Ideal Colors, decision-making will be much easier for you. If you are going to tackle a repainting or redecorating project soon for your home or office, call Ideal Colors to help you create a color palette that suits your home, personality and style.
Now that you know the dos and don’ts of picking house paint colors, keep collecting those inspirations and consult a painting professional for the best colors to paint your home.