All About Choosing a Paint Color for Your New Home

Admin on 27 October 2021

Choosing paint colors for your home might be quite challenging. You may also feel overwhelmed with so many color choices, and might not even know where to begin.

In this blog, we will be sharing tips to select the perfect color that’s right for you and your space.

First, let’s take a look at the psychology of color and how you can use it to make color selection easier. A color palette has warm tones and cool tones in it. Warm and cool tones evoke certain moods that are good basic rules to consider when choosing color.

Warm tones include reds, oranges, and yellows. These color tones are energetic, playful, and full of life. Red is the hottest of the warm tones is more passionate. Orange is a conversation color. It is used in kitchens and dining spaces. Yellow is a bright color that livens the dull room.

Cool tones are the opposites. These colors inspire relaxation and meditation. They include greens, blues, indigos, and violets. Green is a natural color. It is a calm color that suits bedrooms and baths the best. Blue, people’s favorite color, and the color of the ocean bring out thoughts of spas and calming places. Purple and indigo are more spiritual and thoughtful. These hues are great for meditation rooms. White represents purity, peace, and intellect. These are great for office spaces and places where you need to sit and think. Blacks and browns are grounding colors. These colors are present in different shades all over the home.

Now let’s have a look at how a function of a room influences choosing colors. The basic rooms include living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens, or bedrooms and bathrooms. And some larger and future homes will have home offices.

There are several concepts while selecting colors. Your decision can be influenced based on several factors. For example, the climate - warm colors suit cold climates and cooler colors suit warmer regions.

Activity is another factor. Warmer colors tend to favour activity and stimulation, while neutral and cooler colors favour calm and contemplation. These effects increase in proportion to the intensity of the color used. Individual preference is another important influence, too. Rooms used by one person will most likely show that particular person’s taste, while rooms used by several people need to meet a variety of preferences. So many people stay from intense colors in these rooms.

Remember, these are just general tips and not strict ones you must live by. Always have fun with choosing colors and go with your instincts.

Basic Rules to Build your Color Palette Confidently:
Rule 1: Do your research

Look at magazines, pull out paint swatches, and match the colors for all the existing pieces in your home, from artwork, rugs, sofas, fabrics, and drapery. Determine what features are already in your room that are permanent. Example: Floor, cabinet, tile, and large pieces of furniture. Note the main color in these features and use them as a guide.

Rule 2: Consider the Lighting in Your Room

Lighting plays a major role in choosing the right shade of color. If a room gets a little natural little, you may want to lighten up the room and paint it a light, cool color. If your room gets a lot of sun, and you want to make the room more serene, consider painting it a deeper, richer color.

Rule 3: Don’t Assume

The color on the paint chips will not look the same on your walls. Also, don’t assume that the color that you see elsewhere will look the same as yours. You may have different lighting, flooring, furnishings, all also architectural details.

Rule 4: Use Paint Samples to Test

Live with the color on the wall before committing to a full room of the color. Visit the paint store and select from hundreds of color chips, that are in the color range you want. Don’t just test only one or two, they may differ while you use them at home. Once you pair down your color choices, you will want to select at least three to four colors in that same range, to test the paint before you paint the entire room.

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