5 Tips for Choosing Paint Colors

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Choosing paint colors

It’s the time of year when many people start thinking about giving their homes a new look. Freshening things up after a long and cold winter can make your home a more pleasant place to be. And painting is a quick and inexpensive way to make any space feel new and rejuvenated. Below you will find some of the top tips for choosing paint colors.

Start with a color you love.

Even if your favorite color is one that may not be popular, you can never go wrong when you choose a color that resonates with you. In some cases the color may only be used for trim and other accent pieces, but having your favorite color within sight will tend to make you feel good.

Use natural inspirations.

Choosing color palettes is not always easy. However, you can find inspiration from some of the most basic and even unexpected places and items. For instance, consider the colors in a forest or perhaps you would be more comfortable with the colors of a favorite flower, fruit or vegetable. For color inspiration consider taking a walk outdoors or to the produce section of your grocery store!

Lighting matters.

Paint colors can look very different in different types of light. With that in mind it is wise to view your chosen paint colors/paint chips at different times of day and in various types of light. You may also want to see how the color looks next to various pieces of furniture that will be in the space.

Shades of color.

Sometimes we are drawn to colors that are dark – which can make a space feel closed-in.  Even the darkest colors can be used if they are mixed to a lighter tint/shade. Don’t be afraid to ask the salesperson to work with you on tinting to a shade that will work in your space.

Energizing or calming.

Decide if you want the space to have an energized feel or one that is calming and tranquil. Choose warm colors (yellow, red and orange) for an energizing effect and cool colors (gray, blue and green) for a calming feel.

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