Deciding to freshen up your home’s interior can seem like a daunting task. Large scale painting of any kind can be a large project, and you don’t want color schemes to go out of style or look dated quickly. There are a few basic tips to consider when making the move to freshen up a room that can help make this a more fun, rewarding experience that yields the results you desire.
- Matching the Mood: The first order of business when searching for a new color pallette is to consider the purpose of the room, and work the color scheme around the desired mood. For example, is it a bedroom where you would like to go an relax, an office where you are hoping to stimulate creativity, or a dining room where you would like to encourage sociability? Intense or bright hues may not be best for relaxing, for example, while a dark, rich or deep green or blue may not stimulate casual conversation among your dinner guests, on account of presenting an overly formal atmosphere
- Picking a focal point: It’s also important to consider what may already be part of the room, and choose a color palette that accommodates or accentuates those items. For example, is there a particular rug in the room you want to showcase, or a special centerpiece? Perhaps pre-existing light coverings you want to work around or highlight. Considering these items can help direct your color choices, for example if your sitting room rug has many blue tones, then working with complementary blue and green hues is an excellent choice.
- Considering the floor: Particularly if you are only looking to freshen up the look of the room rather than undertake a large renovation that includes new flooring, considering the hue of the floor is a must. A general rule of thumb to get the most out of a room, is to work up from the floor, from darker to lighter colors. If your existing floors are on the lighter side, it is a good idea to stick with shades of white, warm colors such as yellows or neutrals such as this year’s incredibly popular “greige”, which is somewhat of a cross between- you guessed it, beige and grey.
- Choosing a Sheen: Now that you’ve settled on a potential color scheme, it’s important to consider the desired paint finish. A gloss finish or even a satin finish are excellent choices for areas that see higher traffic, as they are much easier to clean and more durable. If you are trying to disguise imperfections such as old nail holes or patched-up areas in the drywall, then a matte finish such as eggshell can be your best friend.
- Going bold? Start small: Taking the plunge to add a dash of color that’s perhaps brighter or more striking than you would normally go for can seem daunting. Choosing a smaller space such as a bathroom or entryway, or starting with one simple accent wall can make the jump to bolder colors feel more feasible. This way you can be confident in your color choice before jumping all in, and it will be easier to change it up if it doesn’t look like you’d initially imagined.
Most importantly, have fun! Use the color wheel and experiment with contrasting colors- colors that are directly opposite from one another on the wheel will intensify when used together, and colors closer together will complement each other in more subtle ways. Don’t forget, you can always consult the experts! We here at Grennan construction are always happy to help you choose a color scheme that’s right for your home, and to help make that a reality.