How to Choose the Perfect Paint Color for Every Room

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How to Choose the Perfect Paint Color for Every Room

Perfect Paint ColorChoosing the perfect paint color can sometimes me a difficult task, especially if you are starting with a room that is already decorated with furnishings, accents like pillows, wall art and more.  So how DO you pick the perfect paint colors?  Is there some sort of a science to this?  Below, you will see a few ideas on how to go about this and a few tips on color choices for certain rooms.  If you have additional questions about paint colors you can always talk to a top interior painter in Summit for advice; and when you are ready to paint the interior of your home the painter you talked to will be able to do the job for you.

Color Psychology

Many people believe that certain colors DO certain things to your body or mind.  For example, sunny – a sunny disposition, yellows colors, tend to make people happy.  So this might be a good room color for a living room.  On the other hand, green makes you sleepy and relaxed, so this might be a good color for the bedroom since it helps you sleep better, longer and more soundly.  On the other hand, blue tends to really relax you, but not to the point of sleepiness.  Every color has its own psychology.  But, here are a few picked from Wikipedia:

Red – Lust – Anger – Love – Excitement

Yellow – Competence – Happiness

Green – Relaxation – Tiredness

Blue – Relaxation

Pink – Love – Sophistication

Violet – Power – Sophistication

Brown – Ruggedness

Black – Expensiveness – Sophistication

White – Purity – Cleanliness – Happiness

Not only are these colors going to be present in your home, but if you look at everyday colors such as brand logos, brand product packaging, display colors, etc they are “colored” a certain color and there is a reason for that as most believe that these colors make you hungry (red and yellow for example – McDonald’s) or certain colors make you want to buy something (black signs for example).  It might sound like a fluke, but there has to be a reason why SO many businesses use color psychology right?  Might be something to consider trying in your own home.

Mood Colors

When you are selecting colors think about how you want to feel in that room.  For example, in a bedroom do you want to feel love, seduction and sexuality (red) or do you just want to sleep soundly (blue).  Or for a kitchen, do you want to make people hungry when you are cooking food (red, orange or accents of green). Or maybe you have a formal dining room and you want it to appear formal and quiet, you could consider warmer colors or brighter colors that will achieve those feelings.  Again it has a lot to do with color psychology – there are books on this topic, many many books, so if this is something you are interested, consider purchasing a few books about it or looking online for more articles like this one.

Light Is Important

If you’ve ever wondered why a paint store has lighting by their paint swatches, it’s because they want you to see what those swatches of paint look like in artificial and natural lighting.  Paint colors are always going to look deeper – bolder and brighter or darker in different kinds of lighting.  One thing to consider is to take a few of the samples home, put them on your walls, and see how the color changes as the sun comes up, the sun goes down and you begin to light the room with lamps and overhead lighting.  Do you still like those colors or would you change it something else?  Figuring out the lighting effects will also help you understand if you would really want that paint on ALL the walls, or just accents or just as an accent wall.  Definitely something to consider.

Taking It Further

If those small little swatches aren’t enough, you can also buy really small samples of paint can samples – paint a wall about 2×2 or 4×4 depending on your space and do so in a few places – in that long narrow hallway for example, going up the stairs, by a big bay window you might have in the living room and see how the color LOOKS on the walls with the different lighting options.  If you don’t like it, paint over it to the original color and try again with a newer color.

Pull Color In

Another good option to paint your walls is by choosing pre-existing colors in the room.  Don’t pick something that there is a lot of – for example, if you have a lot of red, don’t choose red walls.  But, if you have a pillow you really like or a minimal color in a throw rug you have – pick a color from that and consider painting the walls that color.  It helps to pull everything together and tie in those colors, without having it be overbearing or overwhelming.

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