Picking Paint Colors for Rooms

Picking Paint Colors for Rooms

The painter Hans Hofmann said "Is not the form that dictates the color but the color that highlights the way". Although Mr. Hofmann is referring to art with this statement, this principle also applies in interior decoration. When we enter a room the first thing we notice is the color of the walls, furniture, details. We all have very different reactions in relation to a color. The great challenge that takes place when we try to incorporate a color in a room is to find the right tone that adheres to the general appearance that we wanted. Certainly you have come into rooms where the color choice has created an electrifying effect or it caused a pain in the eyes. A color that can be ideal for you, can become horrible in the eyes of another person. Therefore, it will not be possible to please everyone in color choices for your home. But you can avoid some of the most common errors by using the tips that we leave here.

Analyze Your Space

The division is your screen, use it wisely. First consider where you'll want color. On the walls? Only in some walls? Only in the corners? On the ceiling? In the furniture? Our instinct is to grab the roll and start painting the corners in a dominant color. This technique can work well in some areas but can be a disaster in others. Then you must pay close attention to the lighting in the division which you are working. For example, a room with little light will benefit more with a light color then a dark color.

Another important consideration is choosing a color palette that is compatible with the style of the house. Do not try to use the same palette of colors that you saw in a house with a rustic style to your city apartment. It is normal to try to incorporate color schemes we like in our own space but we always meed to take into account the style and architecture before starting to open cans of paint.

Color Catalogs

The number of possible shades for a certain color are virtually endless. The color catalogs are a useful tool to analyze and test different hues in your room before you decide on one. Take some samples home and attach them to the wall in several places in order to analyze the color with different lighting and at different times of day. The brightness and hue of a color you saw in the store, may not be the same on the wall of your house with the midday sun entering through the window. Study samples for a few days and try to vary the different shades you chose to find the perfect combination. Remember that the color you choose may dry differently and the end result may be slightly darker or lighter than seen in the sample.

Walls and More Walls


Despite the wall be the obvious choice for the color you chose, it doesn't need to be the only option. There are other elements in your home that can greatly benefit from a touch of color. Ceilings, vaults, doors and baseboards are elements which, when painted with another color, completely transform a room. In fact, you do not need to paint anything to get a colorful environment. Simply introducing to a new division a couch cover and some pillows, a new set of mats or even some potted plants will make a color change of the division altogether.

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