The days of white walls are over. Adding color to a room can bring serenity to your home and enhance your wellbeing. If you are planning on painting a room in your house it is important to know what color palette suits you and your family. Do you like warm tones or cool tones? Are you trying to make a space look bigger or cozier? Are there windows and if so which direction do they face? How do you want your room to feel- peaceful or energetic?
Once you answer these questions it is time to visit the paint store and look at swatches. Don’t be afraid to pick several in the same family. When looking over paint chips at home, try laying them out on a white surface, this will show its color tone very clearly.
Tape your swatches to a wall for at least a week to see what looks good during different times of the day. The shade you thought would be perfect may look horrendous at sunset, while the shade you thought would never work might be just perfect.
You can even go a step further and buy a small can of paint of the shades that you like. Paint a swatch on the wall or use a white board and see how it looks. This will help you to be sure that the color you choose is compatible with your furniture, carpet, lighting and artwork.
You can also customize a paint color. If there is a particular shade that you love that you can’t find at the paint store, bring in a sample and you can get just the color you were looking for, although keep in mind that custom tints make it difficult to match up the paint color for any future touchups.
And finally, don’t be afraid to color your ceiling. The old rule of thumb that white ceilings make a room feel brighter and larger doesn't always hold true. Designers recommend that the paint store mix paint for the ceiling, which is 50 percent lighter than the wall color.
Posted:9/16/2013 4:17:27 PM