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Helpful Tips For Picking The Right Wall Color

Why is color so important? Because it's not "just a color". Colors impact the way we think and feel, too. The science behind this phenomenon is called"color psychology." Wherever we go, we respond to color whether we consciously realize it or not. Often times, the importance of color is underestimated. We know how important choosing the right color is for each room in your home!

Start Small

You don't need to start with your great room when considering color choices. If you're not sure where to begin with color, try starting in a small area like a closet, hallway, laundry room or even accent wall.

Let Your Mood Move You

When selecting a color, consider the mood of a room. The mood of your master bedroom will be quite different than the mood of a playroom or kitchen. Think of how you want the room to "feel"? In a bedroom, do you want the feeling to be restful and relaxing or romantic and intimate? Soft, cool colors and neutrals usually create a more calming feeling while stronger colors are for vibrance and energy.

Do you want a dining area to feel fun and sociable or appear formal and reserved? Warmer, contrasting and somewhat brighter colors add to a more fun and friendly atmosphere where deeper blues, greens and neutrals will give a more formal ambiance.

How about your child's room? Do you want it to be calm and quiet or full of playfulness and zest? Try to avoid overly bright hues for young childrens' rooms. Some brighter colors can lead to unruliness or even poor sleep.

Lighting Is Key

The reason why paint stores have light boxes for you to test paint chips:

  • Natural daylight shows the truest color

  • Incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows

  • Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone.

So, a strong color might be too bright and overpowering when used on all walls or next to a large window, but it might look nice when used as an accent wall with indirect light.

Know Color Terms

It helps to understand the terminology used to describe color.

  • Hue is what we call a color. Red is the hue; blue is the hue.

  • The value of the hue is how light or dark it is.

  • Saturation refers to how dominant the hue is. As we go from red to pink, the red hue becomes less dominant.

  • Intensity is the brilliance of the color. The pure colors such as red are more intense than the combined colors such as yellow-green. A stronger intense color usually has a more dominant hue.

If you want a more active space, consider introducing stronger, more intense color. Even if you want a light-colored room, choose colors that are slightly more saturated than off-white or light pastel. Very light color can feel bright and stark when it appears on all surfaces in a room. However, two or more medium-light, closely related pastel colors can create a luminous effect when used in the same room.

Choose Different Paint Finishes

A single color used on walls and trim takes on new significance when applied in different finishes. For example, wall and trim colors can remain the same hue, but use an eggshell (matte and less reflective) finish on walls and a satin or semigloss on trim. The color will appear slightly different on each surface. It's a good way to create a cohesive look in rooms with many windows and doors, and relatively little wall area.

Walk Into Another Room

Consider walls as planes of color, and see how they interact when viewing one next to the other in adjacent rooms. Think of it like a panoramic picture. You're in one room, but you're going to see a piece of another room through it. So as you're choosing colors, consider how they will flow from room to room to create your picture.

We wish you the best of luck picking that perfect wall color for your home and we are looking forward to working with you!

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