4 Steps to Choosing the Right Interior Color
March 1, 2018
Painting is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to transform the entire mood and look of a room. Most realtors and interior designers alike advise homeowners of the benefits of painting the interior of their home including: cleaning and refreshing the surfaces, altering the look of a dated room, and adding value to a home without the large price tag. Once you have decided that painting is the way to go, how do you choose the color that is right for your home? Here are 4 steps to choosing the right interior color for your home.
- Get Some Color Inspiration – Look to items and colors around you that you are drawn to or make you happy. For example, there may be a piece of artwork, a swatch of fabric, a rug, or a keepsake that has a color in it that you love. Go from there and find a paint color that matches! If you can not find something in your surroundings that inspires you, look online for rooms that you would like to emulate. Jerry Enos Painting has several inspiration ideas online that can help you get started.
- Choose Some Color Options – Too many of us go nuts looking at swatch after swatch in the paint store. Choose several colors that you like and bring either the swatches or a small sample home with you. It is always best to apply a small bit to the walls in the room that you plan to paint. This way you can see how it would look in the light that is available – unlike a store that may have dim lighting or, worse yet, fluorescent lighting.
- Choose a Sheen – Once you have decided on the color palette you would like to use, now it is time to consider sheen. The sheen of the paint can make a huge impact on how the color is seen. Glossy and semi-gloss reflect the light while matte and flat absorb the light. Be sure to take this into account when considering colors. Some people even test out the color they love in a few sheens to be sure they like the shine level. When choosing a sheen also consider what room is being painted. Rooms that get a lot of traffic and may have dirty or greasy hands touching the walls should go for higher gloss sheens as they are easier to clean.
- Think Like a Designer – Bring together all the textures, patterns, and colors that you hope to use in the room you will be painting to confirm that they coordinate well. Try out accent colors that will pop and coordinate with neutrals that you choose for furnishings or décor. Most of all, have fun choosing your color!
If you need help choosing a color for your interior rooms, call Jerry Enos at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.