How to Select the Right Color Palette for Your Home

Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your walls with a new coat of paint! Step 1: Choosing the right color for each room! This can often be a daunting task, but, we’re taking the confusion out of it by providing some helpful tips into coordinating all of those paint colors and selecting the right one for each room!

First, we’ll start with offering a better understanding of the variety of COLOR SCHEMES available:

There are 4 simple color categories to follow when you are choosing paint for any room and each one depends on what style you like best!

  • Warm Spaces—Includes the warmer colors of the color wheel, such as inviting reds, oranges and yellows.  These colors encourage socializing and activity, which are perfect for spaces you want people to congregate (i.e. living room or dining room).  You can even create a warm space using tans, browns, and grays that have warm undertones.
  • Cool CombinationsThe cool side of the color wheel is made up of greens, blues and purples.  Palettes featuring these colors create a soothing, calm, tranquil atmosphere that is well suited to relaxing spaces, such as a bathroom, family room, office, or bedroom.
  • AnalogousAnalogous colors are those that appear adjacent on the color wheel. As neighbors, they pair well together and offer a pleasing visual harmony. An example of analogous combinations would be yellow-orange, yellow and yellow-green in the same room. Make sure you have enough contrast when choosing an analogous color scheme.
  • Complementary Hues—Complementary colors are any two hues that sit directly opposite on the color wheel.  These would be red and green, or yellow and purple.  Using complementary colors produces a dynamic, lively look because they provide visual contrast and magnify each other’s intensity.

Next, let’s talk about how lighting impacts color!

Determine whether you have natural daylight or artificial lighting in the space because this makes a big impact on your selections! Consider how much light reflects off of the colors and how much it is absorbed into the wall. For example, Natural daylight is the best light for the purest color replication. Rooms that are flooded with light at sunrise or sunset receive warm light which imparts a yellow or reddish cast to many colors.  Rooms facing north get cool, indirect light all day – which adds a slight bluish cast to pure whites.

If you want a cozy atmosphere, pair warm colors and warm lighting. Warm artificial light, such as LED and halogen bulbs with color temperature ratings, intensifies and deepens the appearance of red, yellow, and orange colors.  Blue hues that have red undertones will also look richer with warm lighting.

For a crisp, refreshing appearance use LED and CFL bulbs rated at 6000K or higher to produce a cool light that will amplify blues and greens. Bolder, brighter colors tend to stand up better, as cool light often turns muted tones muddy.

Helpful tools:

Our friends at Sherwin-Williams have created a helpful guide to choosing paint colors! ColorSnap is an online tool that can help you visualize each paint color you choose. You can take a picture of your room, select a paint color and toggle between what it looks like with natural daylight and night light. This on-the-go tool is helpful when you get an inspiration and immediately want to see what it would look like in your own space.

We hope this guide was helpful in selecting the right colors for your home! Remember to select colors based on your own personal style and don’t be afraid to add a pop of color with an accent wall or even accent furniture. Your home should be a reflection of YOU! Happy painting!

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