Hello friends & happy weekend! Here in Iowa, we’re expecting to have snow today. Just when I was waiting for all the previous snow to melt so that I can get my scarf off of the poor snowman that lasted just a day! That scarf is frozen to the ground and thought I might get a chance to collect it but it’s not looking that way! Thank goodness I have a drawer full! Anyways–here’s a topic that I love to talk about… selecting the best wall color for you.
Back in the day, when I decorated homes for a living, I did a lot of color selecting for clients. It was one of my favorite things to do and one of the most requested!
It can be a daunting task if you’re not familiar with the top things to consider before picking the perfect shade for your space. Color is fun and can change the whole look of your space!
But, there are many things to consider when selecting a paint color and I’ll share the most commons and important ones below. I’ve listed them in order of priority. Like lighting being number one!
More on this later. First, if you’re looking at picking out a color for your home, office, whatever…be sure that you don’t just pick a color swatch at the hardware store and go for it! Especially if it’s for your homes exterior!
If you choose a bright color, know that it will appear darker and brighter especially on a large area. Like the outside of your home. So (please) don’t reach for those turquoise, oranges, yellows, and purples, in darker tones unless you really know what you’re doing. (And especially, if you’re under a homeowners association and you’ve not cleared it with them!) Or, if you don’t want to bring attention to where you live, in a bad way! lol
I recently painted our foyer in our 138 year old Italianate Victorian home. In my mind, I had a color picked out, but I had to start with removing wallpaper that had been there for a very long time first. Luckily, the walls were in great shape. Worst problem was the way the wallpaper came off— in itty bitty pieces!
Followed by patching holes, sanding, wiping, and priming. The color palette above were the colors I was leaning towards. However, I ended up settling on a different shade because again, the space and lighting were telling me otherwise.
Sherwin Williams shade in Gauzy White was perfect for this space.
I was so excited with the outcome that I wished I had the time to do the stairway, upstairs foyer and halls. That will just have to wait for another time. Now that the foyer is finished–and if you’re considering painting, let’s help you out with color!
Here are my tips for selecting the best wall color for you.
The main components on selecting a color~
- Lighting: if you have it–you can go with a darker hue. If you don’t–lighter is your best choice.
- Space: large, small, tiny, comfortable. It all plays a part on whether color will work or not! If your space is small, a light shade is best as it will make the room appear larger. The darker you go, the smaller the space will appear.
- Surrounding elements: flooring color, furniture patterns & color. Definitely go with a neutral color if you have lots going on as far as patterns and brights on any of these elements.
- Room orientation: consider where and what the space is used for. Rooms in basements that have little to no light are more inviting and less confining if you choose a soft, lighter shade.
- Mood: you want to create harmony & balance. Those two are best achieved by going with soothing and calming shades like my palette above.
Color: store colors will certainly NOT look the same when you bring the swatches home. That’s because their lighting and your space lighting is entirely different. So what you might like in the store might not be the perfect match. Thankfully, paints are reasonable. If you don’t like it, it’s not going to hurt your bank account like say a piece of furniture would.
Preference: You don’t want to add a color that will totally clash with the adjoining room. Especially if it’s an open floor plan and you want to paint a certain space within it – a different shade. Go with neighboring shades–those that are grouped together like in the same swatch card spectrum.
Selecting the best wall color for you~
It does boil down to personal preference. Just remember that it goes a bit further than that and when you take these tips into consideration, you’ll be able to choose the perfect color for your place.
If in doubt, go with a neutral. If you’re still in the dark, head HERE, for some home design help. You can submit photos and I can help you pick the perfect color and more!
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