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5 Designer Tips to Help You Choose Paint Colors like a Pro

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While painting isn’t a big financial investment in comparison to a major renovation, it does play a key role in shaping the look and feel of your home. Paint color has the ability to completely transform a space from something bland and boring to something that sparkles with life. One coat of paint can change the look and feel of an entire room (without having to spend a fortune on new furniture or accessories).

Colors impact how we feel and the energy a room gives off. Therefore, carefully picking the color of paint for each room based on Feng Shui and the energy you need from your home is more important than most people realize.

Choosing your paint colors may seem intimidating because of the power paint holds, but it shouldn’t. Not only does paint offer endless possibilities for designing your dream space, but it also isn’t permanent. If you paint a wall and decide the color isn’t what you wanted, don’t worry! You can repaint the wall, and start again.

Here are 5 tips to help you choose the perfect paint colors for your home.

1. Pick Your Paint Last

This may surprise you, but picking your paint color should be the last thing you do when it comes to decorating a room. Why? It’s much easier to pick a color that coordinates with your investment pieces then to go shopping for fabrics and furniture that match a particular paint swatch. Find the pieces you love and that inspire you (beautiful artwork from a recent trip, a colorful woven rug, or your grandmother’s antique lamp) and then decide which color would go best with those pieces. Luckily, your paint color will practically select itself.

2. Look at the Light

Because paint colors are greatly affected by light, it’s important to see where and how the light hits the room, and how the color will change depending on the light. If a room lacks natural light, a color could appear much darker than it actually is. If there is an excess of light, colors such as reds could appear more orange-like. One way to figure out how light will affect your paint is to mount paint chips on the wall, or paint a small sample swatch. This way you can look at the color at various times throughout the day, to see how the different light affects it (and hopefully avoid choosing the wrong paint color!). If this isn’t an option for you, make sure that when you choose your paint colors, you look at them under bright full-spectrum light bulbs. If the color looks good under this lighting then it will look good in almost any environment.

3. Know When (and How) to Go Bold

There are many ways to go bold in your paint choices. But remember, it’s all about balance. You can definitely go with a bright bold color in a room where you plan have soft neutral furniture and accessories. If you’re looking to use more than one paint color in a room, an accent wall is a great option. When it comes to picking an accent wall or walls, just make sure you are being thoughtful and meaningful with your choices. If there’s something interesting you want to highlight, then an accent wall is perfect. If the room already has loud fabrics, and bright colors, adding an accent wall might not be a great fit. For example in a living room space, the mantel wall is a great accent wall. The mantel has already drawn your attention, so why not paint that wall a different color than the rest of the room? In a bedroom, the wall behind the head of the bed is also a great place to go bold. The bed has already distinguished that wall from the rest of the room, so adding a little pop of color there is a no-brainer.

4. Don’t be Afraid to Take a Risk

When it comes to painting, taking a risk doesn’t necessarily mean going with a crazy color like cyan or bubblegum pink. Instead think outside the box when it comes to your space. Trim doesn’t necessarily have to be white—maybe go for a dark grey or a soft blue. If you have nice moulding and trim, using a color instead of white will make it stand out, and give the space a more sophisticated look. Consider your ceiling “your 5th wall” and give it some attention. If you’re looking to elevate the room, and make the walls seem higher, choose a light color for the ceiling. If you want a more cozy and intimate atmosphere consider a darker color. Just like the ceiling, floors also offer an additional opportunity for color. Take the tattered wood floor on your screened in porch and paint it white or black to add color to an outdoor space.

5. Get Creative

Remember, paint isn’t permanent – so get creative. Want to add height to a room? Think about painting vertical stripes. Feeling really daring? Why not paint a diamond or checkerboard pattern on an accent wall. The secret to painting patterns is simple painter’s tape. You can use it to outline any pattern you want, just make sure all the edges of the tape are pressed down completely to avoid any colors bleeding through. Once painted, let it dry, and remove the tape to reveal your creation. If you want to add dimension without painting patterns, think about using textured or metallic paints. These kinds of paints add personality to a room, while hiding any imperfections that may be on the walls. When it comes to pushing the boundaries, go with your instincts. If you have an awesome idea, go for it!

These are just a few pointers on helping you choose paint colors…if you find you need help along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out – always here to help.

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