While painting your home isn’t a permanent change, it is something that can take a fair amount of time and expense, so it’s better to get it right the first time. How can you be sure you’re not making a bad decision when you’re picking out your type of paint or paint color? It’s best to ask the experts before you get started to avoid a costly and time-consuming mistake. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re picking paint colors.
1. Forgetting About the Light
Dark colors can certainly make your room bold and dramatic, but if you don’t consider the natural light of the room, it’s going to end up gloomy and dreary. While significant indoor light can be good, natural light is always the best. Make sure to bring a sample home and check it against your walls at different times of the day.
2. Overly Saturated, Bright Colors
While extremely bright colors can make your room pop — generally, they are best as an accent instead of as a primary color or even an accent wall. Choose colors that have been toned down a bit if you plan to make your room something other than a white or beige. If you do decide to use a deeply saturated color on your walls, everything else should be incredibly muted. While bright colors may be trendy at the moment, think about whether you’ll still love it in a few years before you make the leap.
3. Eggshell, Gloss or Semi-Gloss?
Choosing the right paint finish for your particular use is important. Living rooms, kitchens and any children’s bedrooms tend to be an ideal place to use a gloss or semi-gloss so they can easily be wiped clean. Other walls, such as adult bedrooms, don’t tend to get scuffed as often, so an eggshell or semi-gloss may be your best bet.
4. Furnish First
Understand what you’re trying to accomplish with the color, and that’s easiest to do once you’ve already furnished a room. If you paint first, you may find the ideal bed or night table only to realize that it won’t work with the paint you’ve put on the walls.
5. Ditch the Swatches
Seeing how the paint looks in your room isn’t easy when you’re only looking at a swatch. Instead, bring a sample of the actual paint color to your space and see how it looks in a variety of different lights. You can often get small and inexpensive samples of paint to bring home, and there are several options to choose from.
Need more help picking the right paint colors? The experts at The Painting Company will work to steer you towards a paint color you’ll love! Give us a call today at 770-551-0101 to get started.