If you’re stuck at home this summer because it’s too challenging or daunting to go away during the coronavirus pandemic, you might want to spend the time fruitfully by working on your property.
There are all sorts of maintenance and renovation jobs you can do to get your house looking its best. However, when it comes to getting bang for your buck, it’s hard to go past painting your home. Consider some helpful steps as you choose which colors you use to freshen up your property over the coming weeks.
Lock in Furnishings First
It’s wise to lock in your furnishing choices and other decoration products before you decide on paint colors. It’s easier to match your color palette on the walls and ceiling to your possessions than to have to swap out furniture and other pieces because they don’t go well with your paint selections.
To help ensure everything goes together nicely, start by looking at the least flexible elements in rooms, such as beds, sofas, cabinetry, shelving, area rugs, tiles, current wallpaper you plan to keep, curtains, etc. Pick out one or more paint colors that match or are complementary to the main shade in one or more of these pieces, and you should find things go more smoothly. Pick up some quality house paint testers from your local hardware store or paint specialist to help you make your final selections, too.
Be Open to Inspiration from Varied Sources
Another tip when it comes to choosing new paint shades for your abode is to be open to inspiration from many different sources. Apart from, as mentioned above, pulling hues from your major décor items, you can also get ideas from the print fabrics used on your soft furnishings and accessories such as cushions or bedding.
Many people also choose a wall color based on artworks in their homes. You might select a couple of specific hues from your preferred piece, or go for complementary colors instead. Since artists know how to brilliantly use light and color in their projects, using such items for inspiration works well.
On the other hand, you might want to look to architecture to inform your painting decisions. If you have a historical home you’re decorating, such as a Mid-Century Modern, Craftsman, or other period property, check out how similar homes have been painted to match the era of the architecture.
A big trend right now in interior design and sustainable living is to bring the outside in. More and more designers and homeowners are looking to Mother Nature for inspiration. To follow suit, choose paint colors in calming, lush greens like rainforests and gardens, or coastal blues for a laid-back, beachy vibe.
Of course, when you’re trying to decide on the right paint colors for your home, do take advantage of all the excellent content that’s available online and in magazines and books, too. There are thousands of blogs and social media posts you can check out for inspiration about what shades work well together, how to pull off particular trends, and more.
Utilize Color Theory and Other Design Ideas
Color theory has been around for a long time and is a useful tool to help you in your quest for the perfect paint shades. While there is much to learn if you want to go in-depth with this study, learning the basics will be enough to guide you. For example, use the color wheel to determine which hues work well together. The colors next to each other on the wheel coexist nicely, and you can turn the wheel to see how different shades relate to each other.
The 60-30-10 rule is another helpful touchpoint. This theory revolves around the idea of dividing a room into three components as you decorate. So, 60 percent of the room’s color should come from the major component, the dominant shade used on the walls, while 30 percent should stem from a secondary color, like the hue in your furniture upholstery or other key pieces. The last ten percent in your color-thirds display gets factored in from accent color in accessories.
The rule suggests that so long as you keep color ratios balanced in this 60-30-10 way, everything should work nicely, with enough interest and energy, but not too much to hurt the eyes and make the space feel over the top.
If you remain uncertain about choosing paint colors, don’t be afraid to speak with someone at your local paint store or with an interior designer or another specialist for advice. By considering the facets mentioned above, though, you should soon be on the right track by yourself.