8 tips to help you choose the right paint color
Blue works well in a bedroom, study, or child’s room
Are you selling your home and want to give it a fresh look? A new coat of paint is one of the quickest and least expensive ways to make your home look and feel brand new.
It’s important, however, to choose your paint color with care. The wrong color could be a deal breaker as buyers who don’t approve of your color choices may not want to do the extra work of repainting.
Consider these tips in choosing the right paint color for your home.
- Go natural
Stick to earthy, natural colors like browns and tans. They give off a warm, inviting vibe and blend well with most color schemes. They’re especially suited for homes with traditional designs and features like hardwood floors and wooden cabinetry. Perhaps add touches of red or orange, or relaxing shades of blue or green, to brighten up some spots.
- Jazz it up
Many homeowners make the mistake of painting their homes all white or beige to keep the color neutral. While these are generally safe colors, too much white or beige can make your home look like an apartment instead of a high-end property. Spice things up with an accent wall or two in rich or complementary colors, such as a warm shade of yellow or a deep shade of green.
- Avoid bold colors
On the other end of the scale, avoid using bright, bold colors, especially in the living and dining rooms. Many people are averse to these and immediately think of repainting – something you’d want to avoid.
- Add color in the right places
If you want to give your home a touch of whimsy, try the bathrooms and kitchen. Soft shades of yellow and green work well in kitchens, giving them a sunny, inviting appeal. Brighten up the bathroom and kitchen with colorful tiles and backsplashes in complementary shades. Smaller rooms like the laundry or powder room can also benefit from brighter colors like orange or red.
- Choose warm gray
Gray is widely popular now and is the choice of many interior decorators. It gives your home a chic, sophisticated look, especially when combined with bright accents and contemporary furnishing and décor. However, it may not work well in homes with traditional designs, except perhaps in the bedroom, with a light shade that’s close to blue.
- Refresh with blue
Blue has a soothing effect that invites rest and contemplation, so it works well in bedrooms, a study, or a child’s room. Blue also looks good in a room that gets plenty of sunshine, conjuring relaxing images of clear skies or the beach. While darker shades can work on accent walls, buyers may find them too gloomy, so it’s best to stay with lighter hues.
- Matte or glossy?
For interior walls, matte finishes like flat, eggshell, and velvet are the ideal choices. More sheen will work well in the kitchen or bathroom, though. A glossier finish makes a surface more dirt-resistant and easier to clean, which is perfect for the kitchen or bathroom.
- Try it out first
Before committing to a color, test it first on a small wall section close to the floor, cabinets, and other permanent features. Check the effect during the day and night, against different light sources.