For many home owners, it can be difficult to choose the colors that will be used to paint the rooms inside their homes. Brighter, bolder and more dynamic color schemes that are often highlighted in decorator magazines are inspiring, but can also be intimidating to those who have never experimented with bold colors. Concerns about how these bold colors might work with the particular architecture of the home or worries about selecting a shade that is too bright, cause many people to just stick with neutral colors.
There are four primary ways that people choose the colors that they will use in their home. The first is “by design,” meaning to choose colors that you are already using in the design and decor of your home. These are colors that are found in furniture pieces, linens, window treatments and art. The second is “by emotion,” meaning to choose colors that will help express or enhance the feeling or mood that you want to get our of a particular room. The third is “by architecture,” meaning to choose colors that will enhance the structure and style of your home. The fourth is “by size,” meaning to choose colors based upon the size of the room that you are painting.
- Color By Design – One way to choose new colors that are outside your comfort zone is to look at the furniture and pieces that you already have in your room. For example, carrying on the colors found in a vibrant bed covering or sofa to your walls can help to complete the look and bring the whole room together. Selecting colors that you have already chosen to use in other elements within the room is a great way to move away from white or beige walls without committing to a color you might regret.
- Color By Emotion – Some colors are said to work better in certain types of rooms because of the emotional response they can elicit. For example, bedrooms, bathrooms and offices will typically be painted in relaxing tones of greens, blues and even purples. Entertaining rooms, such as dining and family areas, work best with warm yet vibrant tones, such as reds, oranges and yellows. Rooms that have a lot of activity, such as kitchens and laundry areas, benefit from bright tones of yellows, reds and blues.
- Color By Architecture – Many of the homes in the Massachusetts and New Hampshire area incorporate an Early American or Colonial design. While neutral colors such as white, beige, gray, brown and black will always enhance this type of structure, home owners should also know that subtle, yet bold colors such as colonial blues, deep reds and pale yellows will work beautifully as well.
- Color By Size – It is important to consider the size of the room that you are painting when you choose your colors. For example, a very small room would benefit from a lighter or brighter color. Dark colors in small rooms can make them seem even smaller. The idea is to enhance the look and feel of the room, so it is important to consider all aspects of the room itself. Larger rooms can benefit from darker colors and use of strategic accent colors to draw the eye.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to interior paint colors. The suggestions above are merely guidelines that designers and decorators use to help their clients choose colors. That being said, it is important to consult with your painting company to discuss the colors you have in mind and get a professional opinion on your selections. Choosing a painting company that has years of experience working with both commercial and residential clients on a professional basis will give you confidence as you move forward with your color ideas.
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