How can I choose the right paint color for the walls in my home?
Real Mom Problem
“I am in desperate need of paint ideas. I just can't think of the color that I want. Please help!”
- 1. Be sure to choose a color you like since you have to look at your walls every day
- 2. Bring home color swatches and tape them to your walls to get an idea of how the color will look with your lighting
- 3. Consider using more than one color in each room
- 4. Take into account furniture and floor coverings when choosing your paint color
Real Mom Solutions
A coat of paint can work wonders in a room. But how do you choose the right color? Try these great tips from the moms of CafeMom!
I would base it around the furniture. Like you wouldn't want a red couch with green walls, and that sort of thing.
It's got to be colors you like. You have to live there and look at the walls every day. Just pick what you like. Then pick your furniture to match. That should be fun.
As far as your walls go, I would think you might want to go do some pre-shopping for furniture. That way it would give you a direction to go for wall colors. Dark colors will make a room look smaller; light colors will make it look bigger. If you find a dark color you love, use it for an accent wall. Nothing says you have to paint all four walls of a room in one color. My living room has four colors on the walls. My dining room has two.
Go to bhg.com (Better Homes and Gardens), they have something called My Color Finder. It will ask you questions about your interests, favorite colors, the type of room, etc.
What colors do you like? Every room in my home is pretty much one of my favorite colors. Go get paint swatches and tape them in the room you want to paint. Then stand back and see what might work. You will instantly not like some, so take those down and keep going until you decide. It could take a week but it helps.
What does your furniture look like? What is your style? Favorite colors? So much depends on these answers.
Get a book called Can't Fail Color Schemes by Amy Wax. It will help you pick colors that match not only the items in the room, but also your own personality. The colors should be ones that make you and your family happy. Do you prefer neutrals, earth tones, whimsical colors, bright and vibrant, or maybe soft romantic colors? The book will make the deciding much easier, and then you can just take it to the paint store to get the perfect shades. I would recommend always getting samples to makes sure the color still appeals to you when it is applied to your walls and subject to your particular natural and artificial lighting.