Congratulations! You’ve taken the first exciting step towards giving your home a makeover. A new paint color is one of the best ways to transform your space, turning a house into a warm, inviting home. But with so many options, how do you choose the right one? Here are some key factors to consider:
Consider Existing Elements:
If, like many of us, you are aiming to renovate your space without emptying your pockets,you will want to keep elements of your home the same.This includes furniture, appliances, and exterior features. Embrace these pieces when searching for paint and try to choose colors that will complement your existing furniture. For example, if you have warm-toned wood, a blue paint will pair perfectly. Another example, pine-colored wood pairs well with a rustic green shade. Neutral colors like white, grey, or eggshell can create a cozy, airy farmhouse ambiance, especially when paired with white-washed furniture and shiplap. For more ideas on what paint colors pair well with wood tones check out this Better Homes and Garden article: “How to Choose Colors that Complement Wood Furniture and Floors”
Lighting and Undertones:
A very important factor to consider is the impact of lighting and undertones of your chosen color. You may fall in love with a certain color at your local paint shop, but when you begin covering your walls, you find that it looks completely different! Or that beautiful eggshell white looks yellow when paired with your favorite armchair.
The solution? Samples! Sample paints will become your best friend!
Grab a few free sample cards or buy inexpensive sample cans, choose a wall, and go for it! Don’t forget to include swatches of any accent walls, trim, or ceiling colors for a complete feel. Test out these swatches in various lighting and at different times of day. After letting it dry and taking lots of pictures, you’ll have a clear winner that suits your space.
Now that you have narrowed down your colors to your top favorites, how do you create that balance in the room to really give it that magazine look? A popular formula among interior design is the “60-30-10” rule. It breaks down as follows:
Dedicate 60% of your space to the primary color (walls, large rugs, main furniture), 30% of your space to your secondary color (accent walls, curtains, accent furniture), and 10% to the accent color (throw pillows, blankets, decor).
A great example of this formula can be found in this featured living space found on the Benjamin Moore website:
The 60% primary color would be the paint color, “October Mist” which encompasses the walls, fire place, and other major elements of the room. 30% would be the secondary color in the wood flooring and wicker furniture bringing those earthy tones to life. The last 10% we can see in the accents of the room with white trim, window shutters, lamp shades, cushions, and candle displays.
Choosing the right paint color is a crucial step in any home renovation. By considering existing elements, applying the 60-30-10 rule, and keeping in mind lighting and undertones, you’ll be well on your way to creating a space that truly feels like home. When you’re ready to bring your vision to life, make sure to give us a call for a free estimate. Happy painting!