Choosing the Right Interior Paint Color

Before you go out and buy a gallon of paint or even pick up a paint brush, stop and take a moment to assess the interior area that you want to paint, and decide a plan of action before you head to your local paint shop. There are a variety of different styles and their related faux paux that you should consider before you settle on a design.

Interior color can either make a room shine or scream. Jumping into any project that could potentially impact the value of a home needs careful consideration and perhaps even a quick visit to some local painting contractors to discuss options and get the best idea and price for your painting needs.

What Is the Purpose of a Room? Color can say a lot about the mood of a room, and choosing the right mood to fit a room’s intended (or emotional) purpose will help make the colors flow more naturally. Neutral colors and softer blue and green hues can instill a sense of calm or quiet; brighter colors and warm hues can create a sense of activity or energy.

With this in mind, you may not want to pain a bedroom a bright red-orange, as it is likely to keep you up at night or otherwise affect your sleep. In the same way, it may be best to avoid too soft of cool hues in a dining room or entryway, as it may make visitors feel tired or worn-down. Understand what you want each room to “say” before you start applying paint. If you are struggling to decide, you can always consult with a professional house painter who will have a better understanding of what colors will work best, as well as which paints will work best (such as the variety of colors offered by Sherwin Williams or Kwal Paint).

Consistent or Diverse Color Scheme?

In terms of painting all the rooms in a home, it can be difficult to determine just how different you want each room to look. From a design standpoint, continuity is king, and will provide a sense of natural flow throughout the house. Diversity can most often come in terms of accent colors (brands like Sherwin Williams will have palette ideas that you can use for ideas) or perhaps a mural if someone close to you is artistically inclined.

This does not mean you have to paint every room the same color, but rather choose a color scheme, and as you move from room to room, slightly adjust the darkness or lightness of the shade to create a fluid look. If you paint your living room a medium brown, perhaps paint the next room a softer brown, and the next a slightly darker brown. It is a simple concept, once you get the hang of it, and in this way, the paint scheme still allows for a plenty of room for creativity within reason. Always make sure that you have the right paint so you are assured a quality sheen.

Do the Walls Match the Drapes?

Or, in this case, do the walls match all of the furniture and decor? If your home is laid out in just the way you like it, with the perfect furniture and accents to make it feel like your home, then take the color and placement of furniture, drapes, and wall hangings into consideration when choosing your interior colors.

Most often, you will have your furniture either in place or at least owned before you begin painting. This is a good way to start, as it is much easier to “replace” paint than furniture. Model your paint scheme around the general tone and color scheme of your furniture. If you are not a natural decorator, do not panic; the primary person that decoration in your home should matter to is you. If you need some guidance, you can find easy-to-access decorating tips online at the click of a mouse.

Should you DIY or Hire a Professional?

There are merits to both DIY and Professional work, and in the end it is up to you whether or not you have the time, money, skill, or desire to paint the rooms of your home or business, or to put the job in the hands of professionals.

DIY

Advantages:

* Can be therapeutic

* All decisions are up to you

* Greater degree of creative license

Disadvantages:

* Exhaustive task

* Requires a great deal of specialized tools

* The burden of every decision may cause undue stress

* Have to keep an eye out for uneven lines and stray spots of paint

Professional House Painter

Advantages:

* Experts at working with hard-to-paint materials (like stucco, brick, popcorn ceilings, etc.)

* No need to purchase equipment

* Expert advice on color schemes and designs

* Each room will get painted quickly and professionally

* Avoid frustrations and complications that come with the painting process

Disadvantages:

* May be more expensive

* May have to work around the professionals’ schedule (shop around and you will most likely find companies that are willing to work around your schedule instead)

* Having to work around other people in your home

Hiring professional painting contractors can save you a great deal of time and the big headache that comes along with tackling such a large project as a full interior paint job, while still allowing you to play a role in the creative design of the work. You are in the driver’s seat either way, it just depends on whether or not you want to get out and start painting or find a reliable expert to do it professionally.

Conclusion

As with all good things, there is no exact right answer; the interior paint of your home is your decision in the end, but it often pays to consider the advice of experts in the field to better understand what will look good in your home, which includes quality paint brands that will make your walls shine. Choosing an interior paint scheme can be a daunting task, but it is not an impossible one. No matter what, have fun with it, and seek out help when you need it.