So, you’ve made the decision to paint the walls. Scared? Don’t be! And I’m going to tell you why. Selecting a paint color is like getting your hair dyed as opposed to cut. If you don’t like it, you can always change it! (And yes, waiting for a bad haircut to grow out is like watching paint dry. IT HURTS! LOL!)
Look for Inspiration
You may be trying to figure out where to start. Find something that inspires you. Maybe pictures. Or maybe it’s something outside. Take a look around. What colors do you like? Forget about color matching, palette, etc. Just ask yourself… if I had to stare at this wall for the rest of my life; what color would I want to look at.
The Rule of Three
Don’t use more than three colors in a room. Let’s not get wild and crazy. Stick to three or less. Or your fun colors could make your home look like a funhouse!
Bold verses Neutral
When selecting colors, begin with a bold color. Say an emerald green. Or bright blue. Something that draws the eye. Then, pick
coordinating colors that take it down. You don’t want loud colors everywhere. Your eyes need a break! For example, paint one wall bright blue – then the other walls a rich cream color.
Make your room look bigger
Light colors will make a room look bigger than it is. Avoid dark colors. That will make a room seem smaller. Try to choose lighter versions of your favorite colors.
The “Fifth” Wall
Should you paint the ceiling a color? Depends on the style. If your ceiling is higher than 9 feet, you could be daring and paint the ceiling a shade darker than the walls. This can create a very dramatic design and give the illusion that the ceiling is lower than it really is.
The Evolution of Paint
There are more choices than ever before when it comes to choosing paint. You already know about latex and oil; matte versus glossy- but there are now paints that can create a chalkboard in a room. Chalkboard paint is great for kids’ rooms, but don’t count it out on other items. Paint a chest using chalkboard paint, then use chalk to write what goes in each drawer. Like “jeans” or “shirts.” It looks really cool. Another new type of paint people are choosing is Odorless Paint. If you suffer from headaches from paint fumes, (or just can’t stand paint fumes!) this type of paint might be right for you. They are void of VOC’s. And many consider these paints to be ecofriendly. So you’re doing nature a favor as well!
Long story short- don’t be afraid to try something new. Remember, it’s easy to fix anything you may not like. And who knows? Your daring choices could bring out the interior designer in you!