A revamp in the office or at home can quite an exciting but confusing task. Whether you want to change the appearance or general mood of just one room or an entire house, your best start is to change the paint color. But how do you choose the perfect paint color when there are so many to choose from?
Paint color is often overlooked when it comes to both aesthetics and the effects it has on a space. It should best reflect your personality and what you want the room to feel like whenever you step into it. Paint color can dictate whether a room feels intimate and soothing or loud and happy and it is best to determine your goal beforehand. An easy-going personality might choose neutral colors that are cool, while a more upbeat personality one might go for bolder colors. But don’t feel like you have to choose certain colors, especially if you don’t care for them! The same applies to different rooms in a house; you don’t want to feel restless in a room where you would like to unwind and relax, or gloomy in a room where you entertain.
Start by matching the paint colors you have chosen to the furniture or décor of the room you wish to paint. It is much cheaper to paint a room than it is to redecorate, so it goes without saying that you should choose paint colors to compliment your decor and not the other way around. A room which has flowing colors between the furniture and color on the walls is a beautiful and inviting room.
A very common mistake many people make is choosing a paint color without first getting samples and considering what it would look like in different lighting (i.e. natural light from the sun during the day and artificial light during the night). Ask an interior painter or decorator to walk you through different shades of a color and swatches before you settle on one to avoid expensive mistakes. You may end up with a color that you thought you liked but don’t care for how it looks once on the wall. Choose a color and test it out on a poster board taped to different walls in the room at different times of day.
Combining colors reduces the chances of getting bored of one color too fast, and a color wheel will help you achieve color harmony. Consider color combinations carefully to avoid a monochromatic scheme that will suck the joy right out of a room two months after the exciting revamp. Get a small color wheel and toy with the different combinations to make sure they complement each other before settling on a color scheme. It is always important to consult and compare notes with a professional painting contractor for expert advice on selecting the perfect paint colors.