Every year there is a new “color of the year!” by each paint manufacturer. While a color may be in and trendy now, will it look outdated in 5 years? How will it looks with your trim, cabinets, or vanity? Instead of just picking the most “in” color for your home, here are some tips to help you pick a color that will look best in your home, and make you happy for many years to come.
Look at the colors you wear
A big key to the colors that make you happy is hiding in your closet. While we all have our neutrals, look at your accessory items. Scarves, jackets, whatever pop of color that is hiding in there. While you may not want hot pink on your walls, you’ll start to notice a trend: Do you have more bold colors, Neutrals, or pastels? Are these colors in the warmer color pallet (Ie: red, yellow, orange) or the cooler side (Green, blue, purple)? Once you can answer that question, you’ll know what section to look at in the paint isle!
What color pallet is your furniture, cabinets, trim/molding and accessories?
If your furniture is super bold, it may not be best to also have bold walls. Unless you plan on replacing all of your furniture, we would recommend sticking with your favorite neutrals. And same is true on the other end! If your furniture is more neutral, looks like you have to go a bit more bold!
Now, if you’re scared to commit to a bold color, it is safe to do two neutrals and accessorize with blankets, pottery and art.
What are you trying to achieve with the space?
Just like there are different styles of kitchens, there are different styles in every room of the home. Keeping a general theme is good, but that doesn’t men everything has to match. Does the room plan to be used as a game room? A place to wind down? Zen room? Sit in the space and imagine how you plan to use the space and pick colors accordingly.
Great! I think I’ve finally picked out my colors, now what?
Bring multiple swatches home of varying shades before you invest in the paint. Brighter and darker than your “chosen” color preferably. Paint generally looks lighter on walls than it does on the swatch. buying samples may be a good idea so you can see exactly what it is going to look like in different times of the day.
And last bit of advice.
Trim and molding are high-gloss.
Walls are generally a satin finish, unless it is a bathroom.
Ceilings are always a matte finish.
At worst, if you don’t like the color you chose, you can always paint over it! Good luck and happy home refreshing!