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Choosing Interior House Paint Colors

by: - October 23, 2018
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Written by: Garn Todd Joseph

When painting the interior of your home it is important to stick with a cohesive color scheme throughout the entire home (remember to keep the exterior in mind as well).

Before selecting paint colors it is also important that you consider what the individual rooms will be used for since color has been proven to have an effect on our mood. Certain colors can also affect the appearance of a room in terms of how large or how small it looks and feels.

Today we share a few tips to help you select the right paint colors for the interior of your home.

  • If you want the room to feel energized or comfortable use warm colors such as red, yellow or orange. Warm colors tend to work well when used in rooms that host a lot of activity, such as family rooms or living rooms. Muted shades of these colors would be best as the main color as brighter paint colors can make a room feel overwhelming when they are used too much and too often. Instead, use these brighter tints of warm colors as an accent.
  • Cool colors such as blue, green, and purple are ideally used to give a room a relaxing feel by creating a calming sensation. Cool colors are great options for bedrooms as well as sitting rooms but using darker shades such as deep green or navy blue can help the room feel more grounded giving the space a cozy feeling.
  • To give a room an open feel or to make it feel larger than it actually is, consider using lighter tints such as pale yellows, blues or even white. Because light colors have minimal visual weight our eyes are not drawn toward them as they would with more vibrant and darker shades. When painting a room keep the ceiling in mind. Using light colors for the ceiling can create the illusion that the room is taller than it is.
  • Since darker colors draw our eyes towards the walls they make rooms feel smaller and more intimate. If you have a home library or a study you might want to use dark colors to create a quiet, intimate atmosphere.