In the average home, one decent piece of furniture will outlive several rounds of interior paint. Of course, that is a good thing, since a decent piece of furniture also costs more than several rounds of interior paint! That being the case, we want to make sure our redecorating choices don’t end up clashing with our furniture. How can we choose interior paint colors to fit well with our furniture?
Neutrals Make It Easy!
Neutral colors match almost anything, so it is really hard to go wrong with them. The most common neutral colors are black, white, gray, tan, and brown. If your furniture is a shade of one of these neutrals, then you are safe to choose almost anything for your interior paint colors.
On the other hand, if your beloved couch or your shabby-chic armchair happens to be a unique, decidedly non-neutral color, then you may want to go with a neutral color for the interior wall paint.
Neutrals Are Not Your Only Option!
Let’s say your couch and loveseat set are a bold, beautiful color, and you want your walls to be bold and colorful also. You don’t have to limit yourself to neutrals. Here are a few options to consider:
A lighter shade of the same color. For example, if your couch is a striking blue, you could paint your walls a lighter shade of the same blue, tying the room together without making it monochrome.
Analogous colors. When you look at a color wheel, you can see what colors are on either side of the furniture color you are working with. These neighboring colors are called analogous, and they pair nicely. For example, an analogous color for yellow would be orange or green. An analogous color for blue would be indigo or cyan.
Complementary colors. They say that opposites attract, and with colors, that can definitely be the case. Complementary colors are those that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel. These colors, when paired together, make a bold, striking contrast, which can work well in some decorating schemes. Some examples would be red and green, orange and blue, or yellow and purple.
Ask a Local Painting Company
When in doubt, ask an expert! Your local house painter has seen thousands of rooms in hundreds of houses, and can give you wise advice about how certain color combinations will look in your particular home. Another way to experiment is to ask for paint samples to try out a color on a small section of wall before you commit to painting a whole room (or house!) that color.
For homeowners in central Connecticut, Southington Painting is the local house painter you can trust for good advice, exceptional customer service, fantastic painting, and beautiful results that may just change your mind about how fun it is to watch paint dry!