Someone has told me that “the paint of the house is like the skin of a woman”. Indeed, paint décor can instantly transform a faded room and make it look cleaner, brighter, and more elegant. If you know how to choose paint colors, you will become an expert for your own home.
Let’s see what is necessary to choose a beautiful paint color for your house.
How to choose paint colors for your home exterior and interior?
1. Create a color scheme that matches the furniture in your home
If you are wondering “what color should I paint my house?”, please take a look around your house furniture first.
Every house is a combination of many counterpieces such as architecture, home appliances, or the division of space. Knowing this, you will easily choose the right color for your home.
First, you can try choosing paint colors based on the furniture in the house. Take a look at the main color of the objects in your home. From there, choose the three main colors that are most suitable.
Out of those three colors, choose the one you like best or make you feel comfortable to paint the main walls. You can use two other colors to paint the sub rooms or combine them as the highlight for your home.
This way will help create harmony for your entire home. Everything becomes unified and follows a certain theme. This is the style that many people now prefer to use.
2. Choose a paint color to create an appealing visual effect
Usually, we just paint flat on the walls inside the house. The new paint overlaps the old one after it dries. In addition to conventional paints, many people choose anti-fouling paints to easily clean and conceal defects in their homes.
If you are creative, love novelty and perfection, you will definitely want to create special effects for your home. So, you can try to combine these paint colors.
Paint one wall in a flat and the adjacent one with semi-gloss paint of the same color. When light hits the walls, it produces a velvet effect, which gives the impression that the walls are of a different shade of color. The choice of you is up to your desire, i.e the yellow or orange color makes it look like the sun is spreading while the green feels like in a forest or the blue makes you feel like you are near a large beach.
In the same way, you can paint one wall and gloss over the ceiling. This will create a soft contrast. It makes your ceiling look taller. If you know how to coordinate colors with appliances, it is also the highlight and makes your household items more beautiful.
So, the problem of how to choose paint colors that go together no longer bother you, right?
3. Match the color to the feeling you want
The home is where you return to after hours of work or study. To create the ambiance you want, choose a suitable paint color.
For a subtle and soothing look
Soft color choices like soothing blues, blues, pinks, and golds are great for creating a romantic, peaceful, and relaxing feel in a room.
If you’re looking for a quiet atmosphere in your bedroom, choose brighter tones or cool or warm colors. Use different textures on your bedding and accessories to make the room more attractive.
You can combine different shades of colors in one room. For example, you can choose blue to add sophistication and lightness to your bathroom room. Then, combine items such as forging doors or towels with other shades of blue to create harmony.
For an elegant look
Neutral colors bring elegance and flexibility to the room. Neutral colors are not simply white or beige. You can make a simple living room luxurious by choosing different shades of neutral colors, such as almond-colored walls with sepia tones on the décor.
Neutral colors give you more flexibility in quickly changing the feel of a room. You can easily change the feel of a neutral room by adding accessories of different colors or decorating a new color.
You can choose a lighter or deeper neutral color to change the look of the room. Remember, the brighter the color you choose, the more spacious the room will be.
For a vibrant look
If you want a room with a standout style, choose vibrant colors and their respective shades like orange and yellow, red and dark purple. You can complement these colors by choosing two colors next to each other such as yellow and orange or two opposite colors on the palette such as yellow and purple colors.
Alternatively, you can also choose black and red for a contrast that really stands out and looks reminiscent of an oriental style. Select two colors side by side on the palette for a visual contrast as one will stand out more than the other.
For a cozy look
When the weather is winter or people in places with a cold climate, they will definitely want to choose paint colors to make the space cozier. There are a variety of color options that will instantly warm your home, from plentiful and intimate red colors to warm and neutral beige color.
The favorite colors for this purpose are cream-white, mustard yellow, moody green, shades of gray, rich red, soft blue, tangerine.
4. Using color architecturally
One of the most effective ways of using color to transform a room is to accentuate its architectural features. For example, painting a mold or doorway one step lighter or darker than the main wall will add subtle accents to your room.
Rule of thumb in choosing paint colors:
- The room and the door surface (the side that faces the room when closing) must have the same color.
- The door’s edge has the same color as the room’s interior paint that it sticks to.
Keeping paint colors consistent in adjacent rooms with entrances will provide a feeling of cohesion, comfort, and uninterrupted. Consider painting the entire home decorations in white, even if the wall color is different to create this cohesion.
Paint Color Selection Mistakes To Avoid
1. Being afraid to explore interior paint color options
The world is divided into two colors: brave color and cowardice color. Cowardly colorists will choose safety and stereotype with the most classic and popular colors. People who like brave colors live in their own colorful world.
The best way for you to boldly choose paint colors is to start with your favorite color. Use that color for items like rugs or pictures. Then try it on the walls. If the color is too strong or blinding, you can blend it in a lighter tone or tone it down by adding gray color.
2. Putting too much paint on the walls
Everything in moderation is the best. You should not paint too many colors on the same wall. House painting color combinations of too many tones without harmony will create a contrast between the colors and create an unpleasant feeling for the viewer.
3. Putting too little paint on the walls
If you paint only one color for the whole house, it looks very boring. If you want to add an accent to your home, try the 60-30-10 rule.
Rule 60-30-10: 60% of the color in the house space comes from the walls, 30% from the color of windows, carpets, or upholstery, the remaining 10% comes from other works like decorative items, paintings.
Knowing this rule, choose at least 3 colors and mix them to create accents and beauty for your home.
4. Rushing the paint selection process
Choosing a paint color for your home is a long-term decision, so don’t rush to choose without careful consideration.
Many industry experts recommend that everyone should live with a color between 24-48 hours. This will help you to determine whether it is your favorite color for many years.
Currently, a lot of companies sell small paint cans as prototypes. Choose the color you like and paint on a board or pattern 4 meters long on the wall. Try living with it for a few days to see if it matches or responds to the materials of the objects or the lighting in the room.
5. Forgetting about primer
When you choose a paint color to change your wall, don’t forget to use a primer (white or mixed color). This is very important as it will make sure your wall won’t be affected by the previous color. In this way, your wall will have the most realistic color that you have chosen.
Choosing the right paint color will decide more than half of the look of your home. Hope you will get the correct choices after reading this article. The house is the home of everyone. So, let’s adorn your home with beautiful and harmonious colors to get inspired by everyday life.
I am a licensed architect who is passionate about all things home improvement industries, I have been doing DIY painting projects and have developed lots of experience around home improvement over the 10 years.