4 Paint Color Tips that will Take Your Home Interior from Drab to Fab

by Gail Brumfield
4 Paint Color Tips that will Take Your Home Interior from Drab to Fab

When you enter a house, what’s the first thing you often notice? Right—it’s the colors. Studies show that color elicits majority of a person’s reaction to a place. So it pays to give your home’s color scheme a careful thought in your home remodeling project. Here are some paint color tips to make your home an impressive one for your family and guests.

Consider the mood of the room.

Dining room – For a formal atmosphere, use neutral colors such as gray, white, brown, and beige or deep blue-greens. If you like inviting guests over dinner and lunch, use warmer, contrasting colors to create a more sociable effect.

Bedroom – Go for cool and soft colors if you want to create a relaxing and calming effect. But if you like a dramatic and intimate mood, use stronger or darker colors.

Consider the lighting in the room.

Your choice of color should match the prevailing light source of the room. Keep in mind that fluorescent lighting leads to a blue tone, while incandescent lighting shows yellows and warm tones. On the other hand, lighting that comes from the windows reveals the paint’s true color. Consider such lighting effects when choosing a paint color for areas near your windows and other direct or indirect light sources.

Refer to the color wheel.

When in doubt, consult the color wheel that shows which colors go great together and which ones are warm and cool. You’ll have fun experimenting with color palettes with the color wheel as your guide.

Go monochromatic with a twist.

To make your color choice simpler, you can opt for a single color. But how can you make it look interesting and appealing in a room? Use different paint finishes, closely related colors, or an accent color that will go well with your main color scheme.

Once you’ve decided on the perfect color scheme for one of your rooms, it’s time to get your paints and brushes ready!