26 Apr How to Choose the Right Paint Color for Your Home’s Interior
Choosing the right paint color for your home’s interior is more important than you think. It’s not just about painting every room with your favorite colors. Yes, the colors you love are a good starting point. But you need to decide which colors they combine well with and what type of ambiance they’ll give each room.
For example, your paint choices may cause a room’s ceiling to look lower than it actually is, causing you and your visitors to feel cramped and uncomfortable in the room.
With the right color choices, you can make your living room exciting and welcoming and your home office, relaxing yet serious. You can create powerful visual effects with simple colors and create a truly personalized look for your home.
The tips below will help you get started:
Create a Color Scheme
There are thousands of interior paint color options to choose from. So, if you visit a paint store without preparing, you will get overwhelmed. The first thing to do is pick 3 colors you like. It’d be nice if these colors matched some items in your home; furniture, curtains, paintings and so on.
From these 3, you can get 15+ more paint colors by using a color wheel. Use the wheel to create the color scheme you want to adopt for your home. Choose what paint colors you’ll use for the walls in different rooms, the colors for the crown moldings, and what the fixtures in each room will be painted. Remember: to foster a pleasing visual experience, the colors must complement each other and the items/appliances in the room.
Find external inspiration
For many people, creating a color scheme is too much work. Thankfully, there are hundreds of interior design magazines to draw inspiration from. You could buy a hard copy of these publications or visit their websites. Look through the pages and find interior painting ideas you like. Add your own twist to create a unique look for your home.
You can also find inspiration from Pinterest. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of interior design pages on the platform. Other external sources of inspiration include online applications that let you select colors and visualize how your room would look with different paint options.
Pick the right paint finish
Once you’ve decided on the colors you’ll be painting your home’s interior with, the next step is to determine the type of finish. Different finishes have their pros and cons. For example, a matte finish doesn’t shine at all and it’s hard to clean. So it’ll be ideal for ceilings or low-traffic rooms (like your bedroom).
Eggshell enamel is easy to wipe and is shiny without being distracting; it is mostly used in living rooms and high-traffic rooms. Satin enamel is somewhat shinier and has some water resistance; many use it for kitchens and bathrooms.
Semi-gloss shines brightly and is water-resistant, making it perfect for cabinets or fixtures in areas with high moisture content (kitchens and bathrooms). High-gloss produces a glass-like sheen and is mostly used for furniture, railings, and the likes.
After picking the right color and finish, you shouldn’t just buy the paint and start coloring away. You need to test your choices and see how they look in real life. Paint brands provide sample sizes that customers can use to carry out test runs. They’re not very expensive, and it’s safer to spend a couple of bucks on them than buy gallons of paint only to find that you don’t like the colors you chose.
Finally, you can avoid all these rigors by working with contractors that provide professional interior painting. These companies will work with you to decide on the right colors to combine, show you a mock-up of how your rooms will look after the painting, and handle the logistics involved in buying the paint and completing the project.
If you live in the Algarve region of Portugal, TJ Projects provides specialist interior and exterior painting services. For more information or to discuss a potential project, send a quick message to email@example.com.