How to Choose the Perfect Color for your Room


It’s time to paint your room a different color and give it a whole new look and feeling, but how do you make a choice with so many options?  The paint available for interior painting for residential dwellings seems to be almost limitless when you consider almost any paint store will mix your paint to match your color preference.  Being able to get our own custom mixed paint is a wonderful thing but it does not help you narrow down your choices.  The following are a few simple ideas for narrowing your choices and choosing the perfect color for your room.

Of course the décor of your room will play a big part in the choice of your paint color.  Lighting in the room will have a big influence in your color choice as well.  Also, the size of your room will need to be considered because the color of the paint will change the feel of the space dramatically.  Dark colors will make a small room feel even smaller while bright colors will make a large impersonal space seem even larger and colder.

Size does make a difference in how a room feels.  A small room like a bedroom will feel closed in and cluttered with a dark color.  To make the room feel open and larger, use a light cooler color like light blue or mint green or maybe a light, cheery yellow and watch the space expand.  The large space that seems cold and unfriendly can be made to feel very friendly with a dark and warm color.  However, decorators feel that a good rule to go by in choosing your color is to pick the color you enjoy and then go two shades higher and you will have the right choice.

Now you know if you need a lighter or darker color to produce the right feel for your space.  Then your next decision is the tone of your color.  The purpose of the room will play a role in your decision.  For instance, a nursery needs to be a pastel or you can choose a white paint that has a hint of color.  A soft yellow can be achieved by choosing a warm off white.  The older child will still do well in a pastel room but one that does not say baby, like lavender.  A small bedroom or a home office might be nice in a pale gray or soft taupe giving it light but still warmth.

Besides the size and the purpose of the room, the lighting also plays a part in your choice.  A room that faces the south will get natural light plus warmth.  A room on the north side of the home or a basement room will be darker and need more artificial lighting.  These darker rooms need a light and sunny color to feel inviting.  Eggshell will give this room an elegant feeling but if there are imperfections in the walls then using a flat paint will make them less noticeable.  This really goes for any room.  Take your paint samples out into the sunlight and then hold them under artificial light and see the difference in the tone of the color.  You may need to go one shade lighter or darker to get the feel that you want.

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