The color of your home’s interior says a lot about you and your style. It also greatly impacts how your home feels, not only to you but to guests. Whether starting brand-new or repainting over older colors, here’s how to choose the best interior paint colors:
Create a color scheme
When choosing the best interior paint colors for your home, don’t choose your paint color first! Picking the color first means many homeowners find out that it doesn’t match the vision they had in their heads. Instead, create a color scheme and find inspiration from something you love. This could be a piece of furniture, a favorite piece of artwork, or
Do you have an open plan space? If that’s the case, it’s typically best to have continuity and avoid multiple colors. But you don’t necessarily want your whole house to be one color!
Ask yourself how you want a room to feel
Do you want a room to feel cozy? Make it look bigger, relaxing, or energizing? Knowing the answer to these questions will greatly impact the color you choose. For example, soft blues are popular for bedrooms, thanks to their relaxing appearance. At the same time, kitchens are energized with bright, warm colors like yellows.
Understand what undertones and sheens are
When painting, the colors you choose will have warm or cool undertones. Warm refers to colors like yellows and reds, while cools are blues, greens, and grays.
You also have the different sheens of paint like:
- Gloss: Shiny and easy to clean, suitable for areas like baseboards.
- Semi-gloss: Less shiny than gloss, easy to clean, great for trims and high-moisture areas like bathrooms.
- Satin finish: Has a pearl-like finish that’s slightly reflective and suitable for moderate to high-traffic areas like kitchens and molding.
- Eggshell: Velvety appearance with low luster, and suitable for areas like bedrooms, hallways, and entryways.
- Flat/matte: An excellent choice to hide imperfections with its non-reflective appearance in areas like offices, ceilings, and dining rooms.
These factors will considerably impact how a project will appear after it’s completed.
Use large test swatches in accurate lighting
Before painting a whole room, get sample colors to paint on your walls. Wait a couple of days and see how they look in different lighting throughout the day. Doing so will give you a better idea of how it’ll appear.
You can also get a shoe box and paint the entire interior with the paint of your choice. Then turn it on its side and place it anywhere that gets a good amount of natural light and observe the color throughout the day. The shoebox acts as a mini model of a room with two walls, a ceiling, and a floor. We also encourage people to do the large paint swatch on the wall as well as with the mini model so they can truly understand the depth of color and how light and shadow play together.
Call the experts at Carpet Creations St. Louis to bring your vision to life
At Carpet Creations St. Louis, we have interior designers on staff to help you bring your vision to life. We will work with you to guide you to the best options in paint and flooring, counter, and backsplash options.
When you choose Carpet Creations and CliqStudios for your remodel, you choose professionalism and quality while remaining on time and budget.