Monday, May 8, 2017

How To Pick The Perfect Paint Color




One of the best ways to give your room a new look without spending a lot of money is giving the walls a fresh coat of paint.  Choosing a paint color can cause people a lot of anxiety since the walls can be seen throughout the entire space.  Here are 5 tips to help you pick a paint color that you will be happy with.

1.  Get Inspiration - Use colors you love.  You can pull a room's color palette out of a pillow, painting, or a rug.  Any accessory in your home can be a starting point for your color palette.  Websites such as DecorPad, Houzz, and Pintrest can also offer a ton of inspiration.

2.  Look for Popular Color Combinations - There is a reason why beige and blue looks good together.  They are colors that are found at the beach in the sand and the ocean.  You'll find that a lot of great color combinations are found in nature.  A lot of sports teams also use great color combinations.

3.  Use the 60/30/10 Rule - Three isn't a crowd when it comes to choosing colors.  Three is a good rule of thumb for formulating your color palette.  After choosing three shades, break them down into the 60/30/10 rule for a cohesive look.  60% should be the dominant color, 30% should be the secondary color, and 10% should be an accent color.   

4.  Complementary Colors - Complementary colors are any two hues that sit opposite each other on the color wheel. For instance, red and green, yellow and purple and blue and orange are all complementary colors. When creating a complementary palette, look beyond the primary colors. If you are afraid of having a wall color that is too bold, try using natural shades like sage green, dark olive and mustard yellow for a sophisticated look.


5.  Analogous colors - Analogous colors sit next to each other on the color wheel.  Neighboring colors create a striking contrast when used side by side in an interior.

If you are looking to evoke a certain mood in a room, check out the Psychology of Color chart below.




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