Whether you are doing some spring cleaning around the house or bringing life back into your garden, spring is definitely the season to freshen up your home. One great way to rediscover the potential of your home is to throw some new paint on the walls. A fresh coat of paint is a great way to make your home feel new again -- the tricky part is finding which paint colors to choose. Here are four tips from the pros on how to pick the right color and palette for your interior spaces.
1. Plan it out first
Before you go running to the store to buy your paint, take a step back and plan out what you are trying to accomplish. If you are starting fresh in a new home or changing your décor, you may even want to pick all of your furniture first before you settle on a paint color. The combination of your wall color and your furniture should not be ignored. You don’t want these hues to fight for attention. Do you want the furniture to define the space? Then stick with some more neutral or toned-down wall colors.
2. Draw from what’s already working for you
One trick is to pick a color that already exists in the largest pattern in the room. Whether it’s from a rug, patterned upholstery, or a favorite piece of artwork, grab a color that you want to accentuate in a room. It doesn’t have to be a bold color, either. Subtle colors such as beige, grays, or off-whites can be pulled from these patterns, as well. Always keep in mind the mood you are trying to accomplish in each room, too.
3. Consider the house as a whole
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that sections of each room can be seen from other rooms. Take a step into another room; see how your wall colors interact with each other. Central areas of the house (living room, dining room, entry way, etc.) are the best places to begin and grow out from. Choose these colors first, and then see what colors might go well as you flow from room to room. Accents in adjacent rooms, such and rugs and artwork that pull colors from the walls of these central rooms, can create a beautiful and comforting flow.
4. Learn the lingo and use a color wheel
Terms such as hue, saturation, value, and intensity are specific terms in the world of paint -- don’t assume they just different words for the same thing. Once you’ve mastered these terms, you’ll be better able to put into words exactly what you are looking for. A color wheel is a great tool for finding complimentary or analogous colors (basically, colors that will go well together). The color wheel also can help you see what tints, tones, and shades you might be drawn to.
The most important thing is to branch out and try something new. A freshly painted interior space can redefine a home. Feel free to go bright and mix colors in bedrooms and small spaces. Colors that are less bright can soothe and comfort in larger, living areas. A new coat of paint can definitely bring a little excitement this spring.
As always, if you are looking for a new space to put your personal touches on, the real estate pros at Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors can help you find something new to make your own.