If you take forever choosing between the burger or the salad when you go out to dinner, choosing the right paint color for your home is probably torture! You know you’ll have to live with your choice day in and day out, so the pressure to pick something you’ll love for the long haul can make settling on a color impossible.
But updating your paint is a home improvement worth making. New paint can change a room’s entire vibe, injecting energy, creating calm, or bringing diverse furnishings together. It can also help you sell your home faster. Real estate pros have said again and again that prospective buyers are more likely to love a home with fresh paint on the walls.
Whether you’re choosing paint colors for yourself or for the real estate market, the Very Cool Guys have some tips for choosing the right paint color:
1. Think about your furniture.
With a new coat of paint comes the opportunity to bring many different elements together. Consider your upholstery, flooring, rugs, and artwork when choosing your paint color, with the goal of uniting these items with a color that complements all of them. If you still haven’t furnished the room, wait until you do to choose the paint.
2. Take home your paint samples.
You just can’t get a feel for a color when you’re standing in a department store. Take samples home with you, so you can see them in your actual lighting and not a bright fluorescent glare.
Another tip: Don’t examine your sample against a white wall. This makes paint look much darker than it actually is, leading you to pick a paint color that’s too light. Look at the sample against your flooring and furniture for a more accurate view.
3. Consider how your home flows.
The transitions from one room to another should influence your choices. You don’t necessarily want to go from a bright cerulean blue living room to a cherry red kitchen day after day (and neither do prospective buyers). One way to ensure that your color palette gels is to use different tints of the same hue from room to room.
4. Choose to conform — or diverge — from popular picks.
The following are some of the most popular paint colors for different rooms in the house:
- Bedrooms – greens, blues
- Bathrooms – yellows, blues, grays
- Kitchen – yellows, browns, whites, or reds
- Living room – deep blues, dark reds, light greens
You can choose something logical — or decide you want your home to stand out and go with an unusual choice. If you’re one of the people looking to sell, you probably want to keep your choices on the tame side. If you’re choosing your paint color just for you, go with what makes you happy! But keep in mind the tips we’ve already listed.