What are the best paint colors for your home? These tips are from Debbie Wiener, interior designer and author of the incredibly practical, informative Slob Proof! Real Life Design Solutions. Here, she describes the best ways to choose paint colors for your living room, bedroom, and kitchen.
Before the tips, a quip:
“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work,” said Rita Mae Brown.
When it comes to choosing paint colors for your home, you need to combine creativity with trust – and a little bit of hope, and a little bit more work! It’s worth it: you’ll love the ambience that the right paint colors provide. For more detailed home decorating tips, read Slob Proof! Real-Life Home Decorating Solutions. And to learn about choosing paint colors for your living room, bedroom, and kitchen right now, read on…
Choosing Paint Colors for Your Home – Help From an Interior Designer
1. Consider classic colors. “For a more serene and calming feeling, paint walls that match the dominant color in your seating and flooring,” writes Wiener in Slob Proof! Real Life Design Solutions. To make your home feel healthy and warm, choose classics such as monotone rooms or rooms with two or three similar, repeating colors.
2. Paint the trim the same color. When you’re choosing paint colors for your walls, Wiener recommends painting the trim in the same color as the walls – or in a similar shade. This gives the room a more subtle, continuous look.
3. Play with colors that contrast. “To make furnishings stand out, paint walls in color(s) that contrast with the upholstery and flooring,” advises Wiener. To achieve your goals at home, choose paint colors for your living room, bedroom and kitchen – and look for contrast.
4. Consider the ceiling. “I especially like a pale, cool blue,” writes Wiener. “It contrasts beautifully with warmer wall colors and gives a ‘sky’ effect to your ceiling.” When you’re choosing paint colors for your home, this interior designer recommends choosing a ceiling color that contrasts with your walls.
5. “Lower” your ceiling. If your ceiling is too high – which makes your room less cozy – choose to paint your ceiling a darker, more dramatic color. To achieve your goals at home, go dark on top!
6. Consider white trim. Though painting your trim the same color offers a continuous look, Wiener says that “white trim makes wall color look fresher. It makes wall and floor colors pop by providing a sharp, contrasting separation between walls, windows, floors, doors, and ceiling.” Choosing paint colors for your home depends on the effect you want to create. This interior designer offers a great tip for touching up the white paint on your trim: Wite-Out!
7. Make the paint choice easy. “When I get stuck, I choose a shade of blue – any shade of blue,” writes Wiener in Slob Proof! Real Life Design Solutions. “Even if blue isn’t my favorite color, I know I like some shades of blue; everyone does. It’s the most popular color in America…blue is always a safe choice when adding color.”
Debbie Wiener has been an interior designer for over 15 years, and is the owner of the interior design company Designing Solutions.