Painting the wall in a room can be a quick and inexpensive way of updating the home décor in that space. The colors you pick and the final effects achieved can give each room a distinct personality while still being able to tie the entire home décor together to achieve a particular feeling.
Achieving the desired results is often based on a color scheme which requires you to choose your paint color carefully. Most paint stores offer color consultations to help their customers find the perfect hues that will suit their décor ideas; the discussion may come at a small fee. Thankfully, technological advancements in the paint industry have birthed an array of color options, which a good and bad side.
The good side is that a person can create many décor options based on several colors. The bad side is that the many color choices can make the already difficult task of making the perfect color choice seem insurmountable for many.
In most cases, three key questions come to mind:
- I have no idea where to start
- I have a solid idea, but I’m drowning in options
- My family and I disagree on the final décor
You can overcome the challenges three questions present by coming up with s system that will help you know what paint color to work with. Below are five simple steps that will help you come up with a perfect system.
1. Defined Goal Or Objective
Avoid having a general outlook for what paint colors to use across all the room because it will help reduce the anxiety that comes with undertaking such a demanding task. The best approach would be to focus on one room at a time and defining your plans on the painting based on each room as you move to the next. The ultimate plan is to have a “flowing” result across the entire house, but achieving this should not be a heavy burden.
To avoid this, you should define your color option and painting techniques as well as the desired results by comparing what you want to achieve in one room and its transitional effects to the painting objectives on the next. For instance, what you use in the entry hall should create a smooth transition to what you plant for the living room.
2. Document Permanent Elements In Each Room
Take a digital picture of the fix items in the room such as a fireplace, wooden flooring, or any key pieces of furniture in the room that you consider a family vestige. The aim is to have a physical representation of every major element in the room and how you will paint working around these to ensure they find a perfect place in the final décor results.
Alternatively, you can use these items as a source of inspiration since they are either something that you absolutely love and want to incorporate into the room or is a major part of the spaces structural design. Work with the colors within the item’s design to determine with colors you will use to paint the walls.
3. Gather Pictures Of New Elements You Plan To Bring In
It may take a bit of time since there is plenty of shopping involved, but you may have an idea of what you want to introduce into the room based on image from brochures, magazines, and online photos. You may not have settled on the type of color you want for your sofa, but can use the various images of the different sofas you have to come up with the paint color option that you can work with for each room.
4. What Personalized Feel Should You Achieve In The Room
Décor is all about achieving a certain feeling, and this is often associated with producing a personal element in the décor results. Since you are painting each wall to give it a unique feel, your efforts are guided by color psychology which has shown that certain colors have a particular effect or effects on people. Red is a color that exudes anger or boldness, green can increase concentration, blue is has a calming effect, and white is about purity. So, if you think about the character of each family member and the function of their separate rooms, you will be able to pick a suitable color that emphasizes both elements.
Here is a simple strategy that you can use to achieve this. You may have some particular outfits that you love wearing when heading to the office, the market or even the clubs and restaurants; they have rich colors and textures. So, pick three of these outfits, lay them out on a surface with a neutral background and then take pictures. Ask your family also to pick their three favorite outfits, and you will soon discover what colors and textures they love and so you can know which paint colors to work with for each room.
5. Think About The Architecture Of Your Space
Soft colors tend to expand the size of a room while dark and intense hues pull the walls outwards. With that in mind, you should focus on the architecture of the room to know which colors to use. If the room is rectangular, then working with a vibrant, warm color on the two end wall can help to re-proportion the room by pulling in the walls. Giving the ceiling a lighter, cooler, or paler paint that what you have on the wall will give it a life making the room feel taller than it is. Use this strategy if when planning to mask certain features while accentuating others.
6. Place Samples On The Wall For A True Feel
Bring in some paint samples or ask for large color chips and put them up on the walls in the different rooms of the house, as identified on the five strategies mentioned above. Exercise patience and watch the different colors during various hours of the day so that you can get an accurate picture of how the space will look and feel. A particular hue may look a certain way during the day, at dusk, and night time; so make sure you have no qualms with the color choice at the different periods of the day.
Painting Color Schemes To Consider Using For The Best Results
Implementing the five strategies mentioned above should help you make the perfect pick of the paint colors to use. The next step will be to decide if you wish to handle the wall painting project as a DIY task or hire a professional home painter to handle the job. Assuming that you have the necessary tools and arm yourself with some knowledge and some handy painting skills and tricks, then the DIY approach will be a spending and inexpensive route to take when trying to update your home décor. You will need an advanced understanding of how to work with various color schemes. Below are some elements of what you can work with that will help you understand what to do.
The scheme creates a soothing atmosphere and works best for rooms such as bathrooms and bedrooms. The Monochromatic color scheme is not about using one color, but the various tones range within the same family of that particular hue. So, you will not have to do more beige just because that is the color you are to use in a particular room. For instance, shades of lavender, maroon, and mulberry, orchid, mauve are some of the shades you can work with if you plan to use purple paint for y monochromatic scheme.
The scheme is all about working with a mix of colors (2 -3) and often work best for rooms that should exude a sense of excitement or warm social feeling. For the scheme to work, you will need a color wheel and pick the hues that are opposite each other on the wheel. You can pick two on one side and one of the other or just one of each. Try to have a flowing effect by choosing contrasting colors that complement each other. It is said that opposites attract, and this is what you might want to have in mind as you work with the paint colors.
The color scheme also works with distinct color tones; but unlike with the contracting scheme, the hues used should be next to each other on the color wheel. Use a particular color more prominently than if you desire to achieve a pleasing palette, but avoid doing a color transition that is similar to the monochromatic color scheme.
The scheme is all about creating a fun atmosphere, which is almost similar to what you would achieve when working with the contrasting scheme. However, the difference with the triad scheme is that you will work with three colors on one side of the color while that are spaced equally from each other. For instance, if you are to work with purple, then you will also do green and orange. Pay attention to the tone or shade of the color choices so that you can achieve a more pleasing palette.
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