Start Small

If you are not sure of where to begin with color, you can experiment in a powder room, a small hall or area between rooms. If you are doing your own interior painting, pick an area that is quick to do so that you can see your results sooner. You can then decide if you are happy with it or you want to change it.

Think About Your Mood

When you are selecting a color, take into consideration the mood of a room. If it is a bedroom, do you want the feeling to be restful and soothing or intimate and dramatic? Soft, cool and neutral colors usually create a quieter feeling while stronger colors are for mainly drama.

Pay Attention to Lighting

This is the reason why paint stores usually have light boxes for you to test paint chips. Natural daylight shows the truest color of paints. Incandescent lighting will bring out warm tones and yellows while fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone.

Bearing this in mind, a strong color might be too bright and somewhat overpowering when used on all walls close to a large window, however, it might be effective when used as an accent wall with indirect light.

Test Your Color Choice

You can boost your confidence by testing the colors on poster board or large areas of a wall. Never be afraid to go beyond your comfort zone. Check out strong, vivid colors or soft, deep neutrals such as chocolate brown or olive green as main or accent colors. Also, you can add drama with a stronger color on the ceiling.

Follow the Color Wheel

A color wheel is a great reference tool that can be used for modifying and intensifying two or more colors. For instance, red and green, which are complementary colors, are most intense when used together. It may surprise you how many combinations function beautifully together. This may even attract you to entirely new color palettes. A color wheel also illustrates the visual temperature of a color. By drawing a line from the yellow-green mark on the color wheel all the way down to the red-violet, you will see that all the colors on the left are warm and those on the right are cool.

Choose Different Paint Finishes

When single color is used on walls and trim, it takes on new significance when applied in different finishes. For instance, wall and trim colors can be of the same hue, but you can use an eggshell finish on walls and semigloss or satin on trim. This will make the color appear slightly different on each surface. It is a good way to create a cohesive look in rooms that have many doors and windows, and relatively little wall area.

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