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How to Select a Color for Interior Painting

Home renovations and remodeling projects have skyrocketed in popularity throughout COVID-19.

Heck, professionals in the industry reported a 58% increase in potential clients since the pandemic began! Clearly, stuck in the house with time on our hands, we’ve decided to upgrade our interiors, fix household flaws, and create our ideal living spaces.

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How to Select a Color for Interior Painting

Have you been doing something similar to your property? Well, when the major work’s complete, the final job on the to-do list often involves repainting the walls. First, though, you have to select a color that’s right for each room!

And that key task can be easier said than done. After all, different colors have an almighty impact on the mood, vibe, and visual impression of a space. The last thing you want is to pick a pallet that does your renovated rooms a disservice!

Want some help choosing the perfect color for indoor painting? Keep reading for our top tips on doing exactly that.

Search for Inspiration

We recommend starting this process with some good old-fashioned research. Trust us, seeking inspiration from other people and places will make it much easier to select a color for your own home!

Use design magazines, Instagram feeds, and the websites of interior painting services to a) see what’s possible, b) identify tones that go well together, and c) settle on ones you like (or dislike).

You could even curate an ideas board while you’re at it.

Any time you spot a color scheme you like in a magazine, for instance, cut it out and pin/stick it somewhere. Or, for an online alternative, browse sites like Pinterest and pin everything to digital boards instead.

However you approach the task, you’ll end up with a visual resource of inspiration to refer back to whenever it’s time to make the final decision.

Use a Color Wheel

Don’t forget to look at a color wheel either! A classic tool for choosing a color scheme, these contraptions showcase every shade under the sun.

Divided into primary, secondary, and complementary colors, you can fan the wheel out, distinguish between tones, and pinpoint the most appealing ones.

The best part? Without knowing a thing about color theory, you’re able to see which colors work well together and witness the visual effects they create in conjunction with each other. Here are a few basic insights on using these wheels that might help:

  1. Combining two primary colors creates a secondary color.
  2. Two colors that are opposite each other on the wheel tend to work well together.
  3. Using two shades within the same color (e.g. blue) has a calming effect.
  4. Brighter colors will have vibrant visual effects on a room.
  5. Cooler colors (e.g. shades of green) will create a sense of space.

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Leverage Prints and Upholstery

The upholstered surfaces in your house can be another useful reference point when you plan to paint your rooms. Take a look at the printed fabrics on your sofa or bedding, for example.

The colors used in them could form the basis of the scheme you use for the walls.

Imagine that a primary shade on the throw pillows in your bedroom is a deep navy blue. From an aesthetic standpoint, you might not want to paint the whole room in such a dark tone. But it’d make complete sense to paint a single accent wall in it!

An added bonus of this approach is the level of cohesiveness it’d add to your living space. The colors will complement each other and make visual sense to an observer.

By contrast, taking a color scheme straight from an interior design magazine and applying it to your house risks creating a disjointed aesthetic (unless your furnishings match what’s on the walls).

Speak to a Salesperson

Paying a visit to your local paint store or checking out their website can be a daunting experience. You’re confronted with stacks upon stacks of different paint colors! It’s easy to feel bewildered; unsure how to pick one from the crowd.

Know the struggle? Well, try talking to a salesperson in the store or over the phone. Professional painting gurus, ’ll listen to your ideas and guide you to an appropriate color pallet.

As a bonus, they’ll point out the correct type of paint too. Not all paints are made equal, with some that are designed for exterior work and specific surfaces.

A bit of direction from the experts will stop you from buying the wrong one (saving you some money in the process!).

Consider the Future Sale

Some people decide to paint their house in preparation for selling it. After all, a coat of paint is one of the cheapest and most effective renovations you can make!

Do it right and you’ll transform the space, give it a new lease of life, and impress would-be buyers with a fresh new look.

Color considerations deviate from the norm in this scenario though. Remember, you’re no longer picking a color for your benefit and/or tastes. You’re doing it to increase the perceived value of your property and appeal to prospective buyers.

A neutral pallet’s usually best for the job (e.g. white, off-white, or cream/magnolia). These colors appeal to a wider group of people, creating an attractive sense of cleanliness, space, and light.

You stand to attract more interest and sell your house quicker as a result!

Time to Select a Color for Interior Painting

Huge numbers of people around the country have embarked on home upgrades over the last 12 months. And you can bet your bottom dollar that many of them have repainted their interior walls as a result.

After all, this simple and cost-effective step is can revamp a room and put the finishing touches to more serious renovations.

Before you can start the painting process, though, you have to select a color that’s right for the job! We hope the tips in this article will help anybody who’s been stuck on this particular decision.

Keep them in mind and you should be one step closer to picking the perfect color scheme.

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