5 Tips to Choosing the Perfect Paint Color

When it comes to choosing a paint color, many people don’t know where to begin.  Color wheels can be over overwhelming, especially if you are trying to choose between five shades of the same color.  These five tips will help you narrow down the options and decide on a color that works best with the room—and with you!

Work Backwards
It is common to assume that the first step to home decorating is to choose a wall color, but accessorizing the room first may be the better approach. Find a rug or a painting that you can’t live without and use those colors as an inspiration. Own a set of decorative pillows with subtle blue detailing? Paint the whole room blue to make the pillows really stand out.

Focus on the Mood
The mood of a room is a key ingredient to choosing a proper wall color. For rooms with a more social atmosphere, such as a family room, use fun colors to keep the feel fun and lively. Rooms with a more private, calm ambiance, such as a study, should be painted with dark or neutral tones to remain consistent with the mood.

Play to the Size
When it comes to smaller rooms, lighter colors are ideal because they make the room feel larger and more spacious. Crèmes, light grey shades, and yellows work wonders for small spaces.  On the other hand, larger rooms should be painted with darker colors, like a taupe or brown. This will make a large space feel cozier and more intimate.

Utilize Lighting
Lighting plays an undeniable role in the overall ambiance of a room. In a room with few windows and limited lighting, it is best to go with lighter colors to help the room remain as bright as possible. With a room that is already bright with light, go with a more neutral color, and avoid bright color choices that make the room feel overwhelmingly lit.

Pick a Long-Term Color
Because re-painting is not something people do regularly, it is important to make a color choice that you will still enjoy a couple of years down the road. Sticking to neutral colors is a safe bet, especially if you plan on changing the furniture or décor. For instance, painting a nursery light grey is a gender-neutral decision; you can pair it with pink for a girl or blue for a boy without having to touch the wall color.