Choosing Paint Colors for Your Home That You Won't Regret

We know that choosing paint colors for your home can be a daunting task. There are hundreds of hues and shades to sift through, and what if you regret your decision? It could ruin your home's ambiance and be expensive and/or time-consuming to fix. No pressure, right?

Here's some advice from the pros on how to choose paint colors for your home that you won't regret!

1. Know what 'mood' paint colors exude

Light colors make spaces feel bigger and brighter. Dark or intense colors make spaces seem smaller—however, these colors do have their place and purpose in a home. Another consideration with your paint is whether it exudes "warm" or "cool" undertones. This can severely impact the overall 'mood' of the room and could give off some heavily unwanted vibes that could upset your rooms energy.

2. Match Colors to the space

Make sure you are taking the type of room into consideration when choosing your potential colors Certain types of rooms tend to look better one way or the other. "Bathrooms tend to look better with cool colors, both because of the connotation of water as cool and the color in nature is blue or blue-green, says Amy Bly of Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors.

3. Let a neutral paint color anchor your home

Including a "neutral" shade, such as white, gray an beige is key to the color dynamic of your home. "It often looks best to have a main neutral as your base to carry throughout the home," says Dessie Slickers of Slick Designs. Keep your base color in the common areas, and add coordinating colors and accents as desired. This color should cover at least 60% of your home, leaving 30% for secondary colors, and 10% as the accent colors.

4. Consider your furniture, carpet, and floor

There are a million paint choices, but you have only one Oriental rug and a single settee. So if you're stumped on what colors to choose, check your furnishings as a starting point.

"By looking to your textiles and furniture, you can build a foundation for the room, which allows the paint choices to become more obvious," points out Toombs.

5. Consider adding secondary and 'accent' colors

Once you've pinpointed your main neutral paint color and its overtones, you can choose secondary colors, ideally in the same temperature range: warm goes with warm, cool with cool. After you have your secondary color sorted out, it's time to get bolder! Add a fierce 'accent' color that livens the place up a bit. 

One more helpful tip to carry out the other, test your paints! Get a small batch and test them out together before throwing all of it on your walls. This will give you a piece of mind knowing you crossed all your T's and dotted your I's before going full-speed ahead. Enjoy these tips and tricks


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