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How To Choose Interior Paint Colors

Sometimes redecorating your whole house just isn’t an option. Still, if you’re ready for a change, you can paint the interior walls of your home. Maybe you’ve had this idea for a while, and you’ve been procrastinating for one very important reason: you are afraid to choose new paint colors. It seems that there is so much at stake when you choose new colors. What if you don’t like a color after spending time and money on the project? What if your best friend walks in and says, “Wow. What happened in here?” And not in a good way. Luckily, we can offer some tips. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to choose colors for your home.

What do you love the most?

One of the best ways to choose colors for your home is by choosing some of your favorite things to offer inspiration. For instance a favorite shirt, throw blanket, piece of furniture or wall art. Pull out the color you are most drawn to and actually take that inspiration piece with you to the paint store. You won’t be the first person holding a favorite shirt up to the paint chips and you won’t be the last. Not only will you be able to find the best color for your room, you might also be able to choose a color pallet which will help you find colors for the other rooms in your house and create a cohesive look throughout your home.


You can also choose paint colors based on the size of the room. You have probably heard that lighter, neutral colors make a room feel larger and brighter while darker colors make a room feel cozier. However, you can also use a dark, rich color in a small bathroom to create interest and contrast or add an accent wall to a room with white walls to add a little drama.

How do you want to feel in your home?

You may have heard something about, “color psychology.” There has been little scientific research done on this subject but plenty of anecdotal evidence has made this a hot topic for designers. You don’t have to take someone else’s word for it, however. Try it out for yourself. When you are in the waiting room of your doctor’s office, at your favorite restaurant, or the home of a person you feel comfortable with, notice the colors in the space and take a moment to register how those colors affect your mood. You already know that choosing paint colors is an important decision. Don’t be afraid to spend a little time researching which colors evoke the sort of feeling you want to have in your home. Think also of the way you will be using certain spaces in your house and discover which colors encourage that sort of behavior.

Keep in mind that the paint store is not the place to choose a color, and take home paint samples to hang on the walls of your home. For example, we can order large paint samples from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams so you may study the colors at different times of day. Notice how the colors work with your furniture and favorite accessories. See if the colors belong in your home before you order multiple gallons of paint. You also may want to take advantage of our color consultant to help in your decision.

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