A fresh coat of paint can quickly turn any room from dull to exciting. Making the decision on what color scheme to choose is often the hardest part. Looking toward trends and color theory can help you settle on the right choice for any room.
Set The Tone
The easiest way to ruin a room is to choose colors that do not make sense with the overall tone of the room. For example, bright, fun colors may be your favorite, but they do not make sense in your home office or bedroom. Generally, any area that should be more calm will benefit from color choices that are soft or neutral. Vibrant colors can work well in a kitchen, or an area that may be dedicated to entertainment. If you choose more vibrant colors, you will need to consider what they look like on a larger scale. A small paint sample is not enough to gain a true sense of these colors; once they are placed on a large wall, you will quickly find they are more vivid than you previously thought, especially in direct lighting.
Monochromatic colors are a good way to take a single color and add variation. In many situations, this color scheme looks elegant. For example, you may like purple and would like your living room to be painted in this color. A good base color might be lavender, and a deep purple could be used for accent colors. You can use furniture or appliances for inspiration when choosing a monochromatic look. Many kitchens have granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, which naturally lends itself to grays and silver. Similarly, wood floors and furniture will be complemented with beige, tan, and dark browns.
Frame Different Areas
Creating an element of framing with color is one way to add more contrast to your room and incorporate bolder color choices. There may be different areas in your home that work as natural framing. For example, the trim around windows or the base of walls can be highlighted instead of painting it the same color as the walls, especially if the trim is custom-made. You may have chosen a light tan for the walls of your living room to complement the hardwood floors. A medium-to-rich brown painted on the trim could make the transition between the wall and floor more elegant and allow the trim to pop.
Your paint choices can easily affect the mood of any room in your home. When you are ready for a fresh coat of paint, consider ways your color choices can revitalize your home, and contact your local painting services to make your new color ideas become a reality.