You just purchased your first home and are all settled in. Now it’s time to make it yours! If the colors in your home don’t mesh well with your personality or lifestyle, change them! Choosing paint colors can be fun. Here is our guide to make choosing paint colors a breeze.
If you’ve never painted or chosen paint colors before you might want to start with a bathroom. This is a great way to get your feet wet. This way you can start small and since it’s small you see results faster. First you’ll want to head to your local hardware store and select paint chips. You can also get a sample of paint colors and paint a small spot on the wall or you can paint a poster board and hold it up to the wall. Then when you have selected a color, get to painting. Bathrooms are small so it shouldn’t take too much time. Once you see how new and fresh your bathroom looks you will be so inspired to spread great color around the rest of your house.
When selecting a color you will want to think about what kind of light is coming into the room. Colors look very different depending on what type of light they are in. If you have a room with lots of natural light, the color will be the truest in there. If your room has incandescent light, the lighting will bring out warm tones and yellows. If your room has florescent light it will bring out blue tones.
Another thing you want to consider is the type of mood that you are trying to create for the room. Red has been known to increase appetite, so if you are on a diet keep that out of your kitchen! If you need to have better concentration in your office, check out the greens. Yellow is a good color for entryways because it inspires optimism. Blue has always been known to be calming. Neutrals are always a good way to go if you want more of a quiet feeling.
A great way to pick out colors is to pick up a home decorating book, or a furniture catalog. You can find rooms that you want to re-create in your own home. Most hardware stores have color matching technology so they can make a paint color from anything you bring in. Find a room in a magazine that you like, bring the magazine to the hardware store, and bring that very color home with you.
Now that you are thinking about great paint colors, head out and pick up a magazine to inspire you, and then head to your local hardware store. Painting is lots of fun and you will be so glad that you invested time and money into a new paint color. Whether you are just painting one room, or painting your whole house, choosing your own paint colors truly makes a home uniquely yours.