Back away from the paint chips until you consider our Top 5 Tips for picking the perfect paint color. The first impression of your home is greatly influenced by color. In fact, humans have an actual physiological response to color which is known to influence emotions. Get it right with our easy guidelines and capture the ultimate feel-good at home!
- Think about the mood and feeling you want for each space. The color scheme of your home can lead you through the day with bright colors for high energy areas or subtle colors in relaxed spaces. This brief overview on Color Psychology & Your Moods will help you decide with colorful room images.
- Every great artist works from inspiration. Begin with something you love and expand on the idea to create a color palette. Develop a harmonious flow from the exterior to the interior and throughout your entire home with an appealing common thread. You can even use a home from the Lowell Custom Homes Gallery as inspiration.
- Hold on to your paintbrush, these three spaces are all painted with the same color, Benjamin Moore #962 Gray Mist. The difference is lighting. For this reason it is critical that you choose your color in the actual room where it will be used, or at least in a space with identical light. The following are key factors for how color is perceived.
- natural light
- artificial light
- room size and
- Our Interior Detail Gallery has wonderful examples to demonstrate the interplay of natural and artificial light in a variety of spaces.
- There is no such thing as “just paint it white”. White is actually one of the most difficult colors to get right. Trim and ceiling colors must have compatible undertones to the wall color. While you’re thinking about undertone, be sure to also apply this concept to the stained finishes in every rooms.
- If you are searching for the whitest white possible, take a look at the recommendations from Land of Color.
- You know the drill, paint swatches on sections of your walls around the room. Check the swatches out at various times during the day and be sure you can live with any variation caused by changes in natural light. *Time Saving Tip – Often a designer or the paint store will be able to order larger paint sample sheets that you can tape directly to the walls.
- Be sure to test the color sample in the finish you will be using. Matt, eggshell or gloss finishes all reflect light differently and will influence the final color impression.
Don’t be afraid of color, but respect the pitfalls of a rushed decision. Start with these 5 Top Tips. If you need extra confidence, definitely rely on the opinion of experts.