samples at your local home decor store and felt a little overwhelmed, you're not alone. Here
are 7 pro tips for picking the right paint for your home.
When professional interior designers are explaining color choice they often equate colors to a feel or mood. Color psychology is the science of colors; affect on mood and is backed by numerous studies, which is why certain paint jobs in rooms can influence your mood. For example, if you want your room to give a feeling of quietness and tranquility to help you relax after a long day, go for a blue shade.
Examine The Lighting In The Room
Lighting plays a huge factor in how your paint will look so take a moment to look in the room and consider what lighting is available. If the room has many windows and is illuminated by mostly natural light, your paint will look closest to it's sample. If the room relies on artificial lighting keep in mind that incandescent lighting will make your paint seem warmer than the sample. Have fluorescent lighting? Your paint will look cooler.
Don't Base Choice From Small Paint Chip Samples
Those small paint chip samples are fairly useless and misleading. Instead of basing a whole wall or room off such a small chip, make your own. See if the home decor store can give you a very small paint sample that you can use to paint a large poster board. Use this board or even a few boards to judge your paint choice.
If you're hesitant to change the paint color of the whole room, don't be afraid to just paint one wall. An accent wall in a beautiful statement color can have a huge impact on the room. Not to mention, you can always paint the rest of the room later if you decide you want more color.
Ensure Color Flows With Your Home
Most people prefer a cohesive look to their homes - not that every room has to match but should have some small similarities that make it all flow. Whether you're repainting your entire home or just one room, consider the other paint choices to ensure one room doesn't clash with another.
Don't Be Afraid To Go Bold
Opting for neutral or subdued shades for fear of the bold is a common mistake. If you truly enjoy very light colors, feel free to go that route but don't be afraid to pick a statement, bold shade. Paint can always be covered so push yourself and go for the beautiful bright or dark shade you find attractive.
Play With Paint Finishes
When choosing paint, don't forget that you can also play with different finishes. Combinations of flat eggshell with statins or even gloss gives texture and dimensions to the room. An eggshell wall with a gloss trim in a accent color can look stunning.
Paint is the foundation of your home's style so try to be creative and go for that look you've always wanted, even if it's a little outside your comfort zone. If you're unsure of what colors to go with, having a consultation with a professional will help.