Some Factors to Consider When Choosing Colors for Your Home

When the walls start flaking off paint, it may be time to give it a new coat. Though it seems easy to just go to the hardware store and pick any can of paint, there are still a few things you should consider before you do. For instance:

Natural Light
Consider the amount of natural light that you get in the space. The interior should replicate the exterior as much as possible, as the environment is generally darker at your feet and gets lighter the further you look up.
A good rule of thumb is to think vertically – darker values for the floor, medium colors for the walls, and light ones for the ceiling.

You should also watch out for eye-popping hues. If your living room or bedroom can’t carry it, the color will simply create visual clashes that can overwhelm your eyes. Think of vibrant hues last when you’re bringing in the furniture, rugs, and pillows.

Tip: No one color can make any room instantly brighter, especially if that room is small. Though lighter colors can make a small room look and feel big, it still won’t work if the room isn’t well-lit. In some cases, whitewashing rooms can make them look depressing.

Sample Swatches
Or, more specifically, don’t count on them too much. Though there are many apps for preliminary testing colors for your walls (you can even test out your redecoration ideas in Photoshop – simply take a picture of the room and start editing), you can also take the time to actually see what it looks like with your own two eyes.

Apply a small dab of paint on a small section of the wall for a day to see how the light plays with it. Colors often look darker on the paint chips of walls, so opt for lighter hues if you’re not sure.

Color for Demarcation…
A good way to use paint creatively is to apply it in blocks to mark different areas. This is good especially if you’re planning on having a divider to separate a large room to make space for two smaller sections.

…and Variation
Some color-coordinating is good, but when your walls, furniture, and rugs are all of the same shade, they can look boring. Instead, consider using lighter and darker shades of the same color to bring some variation to your walls.


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