How Do I Find the Right Interior Wall Color for My Home?

Finding that perfect wall color for your interior walls can become a very overwhelming job. For some, it has proven to be almost impossible! Especially if you have multiple household members, parents, neighbors, co-workers, or that friend who took a month of design school 10 years ago all voicing their opinions! Most of us have existing furniture, flooring, and lighting to take into account. Unless of course you are lucky enough to be working on new construction, but even then it can be hard!  So, before you begin wasting countless dollars on gallons of colors of paint (that you probably won’t ever use), there are a few ways you can narrow down your color options!

Here are a few tricks from the pros for finding that just so perfect wall color for your living space:

  1. Use Sample Colors: We always suggest painting color options on multiple sections of walls to see how that color works in the room and to your taste (even better is onto 2×2 foot square sample pads, you can now bring into multiple rooms.
  2. Think of Places You Have Been (vacations, hotels, friends homes): Think about colors you have seen that you enjoyed, a vacation rental? A new restaurant you visited? A friends work or home gathering? You may have seen a combinations of hues you may not normally consider, how did they make  you feel? Recall the colors that surrounded you, and picture them in your home.
  3. Think About the Lighting of the Room: Natural daylight is ideal for viewing the paint’s true hue, but will look entirely different on cloudy day, at dawn, at dusk, or with lights on at night. Move your color cards about the room at different times of the day, in different lighting.  Incandescent lighting casts a warm, yellow tone onto walls. Fluorescent lighting creates a sharp blue tone, carpet or flooring is reflected up onto walls, many things to think of!
  4. Always Take Into Account “Mood”: Color makes us all feel a certain way. Some colors can create a sense or calmness while others will elicit energy. So you certainly would not want to paint your child’s bedroom with any shades of red if you plan on wanting them to sleep.
  5. Colors Will Change Rooms In Many Ways: Darker colors will shrink a larger room, and lighter colors will make a small room appear larger. Then colors also influence emotions, Red is a power color, it will influence spending, and increase appetites (Think Chinese restaurants, Red evokes hunger). Lighter greens can have a calming effect or balance, darker greens give a sense of stability and affluence! Blue hues can also give a sense of calm, serenity, and this all plays into the rooms overall vibe. Darker purples represent royalty, while lighter purples evoke romance or nostalgia, ultimately, what do YOU feel? Because this is all about you, color is very personal!

Selecting your paint color is important. You want it to reflect a piece of you, and those who live with you. It will create a sense of balance and harmony in the home, and let the world know who you are! Plan accordingly, you don’t want to have to repaint your walls in a year because you made a bad decision, or have to change carpet or window treatments! Or you can always contact One Stop Painting & Renovating for your interior wall color design consulting. We are very well versed at helping you select colors! And we also have access to decorators who can help you as well if you need a more in depth consult! One Stop Painting and Renovating Inc, we are your ONE STOP for Award Winning Quality & Service for Over 32 Years!