Paint color can have a very dramatic effect on your living space, and it is the least expensive way to update your home.
Color can change our perception of the space around us, turning it cool and energetic, spacious or cozy. There are three key steps that can help you with the process of choosing the perfect paint color:
1. Find Inspiration
You can come up with ideas by creating a portfolio of what appeals to you: a favorite painting, the color of your baby's eyes, an unforgettable vacation in Mexico or that great hike in the Grand Canyon. It could be in a favorite picture you have, as well.
First, take into consideration your inspirational image's common threads in terms of color. Do you like a variety of colors or particular shades and tints of a specific color? Do you like them bold or muted?
2. Define the Mood
Next, is there a mood, vibe, or theme you want to express in certain rooms of your house? Do you want a relaxed feeling in the kitchen? Perhaps you wish to add light and a sense of space to an otherwise small or under-lit room. Restful colors are always appropriate in the bedroom. Maybe you seek an energizing or perhaps calming feel to the family room? The mood will lay the groundwork on the desired visual impact of a chosen paint color palette.
3. Use Key Elements in Your Home
Last but not least, take an up-close look at the key elements in your house, aspects of furniture, artwork and accessories you enjoy. Do you have carpeting, hardwood floors, modern or antique furniture? The color of the flooring is an important consideration when you choose colors because it anchors the room and can impact the color on the wall due to reflections.
Furnishings, however, like a sofa, may play the most important role in carrying through a color palette for your project. Since these are usually the most costly and not easily replaced items in the house, they tend to suggest a coordinating color scheme that ties everything together. An invaluable heirloom dining table, for example, will never be discarded because it doesn't match the wall color of the dining room.
Great Color Selection Tools
To help you find the best paint colors for your space, we hope you will visit with us at Red Star to let us help you focus what you're looking for. We have several publications and other visual guides in-store that can help you accomplish that, including
"Choosing Your Perfect Color": Filled with illustrations and helpful tips, this flip-book is an excellent step-by-step guide to selecting paint colors for any room.
Color Samples: The opportunity to view prospective colors on different walls and under various lighting conditions creates a true representation of the color. Color samples offer the ability to experience colors in the actual places that will be painted. Take home a handful
Color Gallery: Showcasing all of our more than 3,000 colors organized by color family and color collection, Color Gallery is the ultimate color source. Not only will you find details about each color, you will also be shown two combinations of coordinating colors.
Personal Color Viewer: This easy-to-use interactive color visualization tool allows you to see how any of our thousands of colors will look in a room. You can either upload your own photos to see how colors will look in your own space or choose from a multitude of images available online.
Color Inspiration Brochures: This handy tool helps you find creative ideas and design tips for every room in your home. Featuring color palettes handpicked by design professionals, Color Inspiration Brochures provide suggestions on what color combinations to use for specific spaces.
Choosing paint colors is a very personal decision. Whether your selections are based on inspiration, a particular mood, or key elements in your home, using these tools you'll be sure to find perfect colors.