Your home’s wall colors have a lot of power: the right shade of paint can make a room’s furnishings pop, make your home much more appealing to potential buyers or even help you feel more energized or relaxed. If you are undergoing a home remodel, choosing paint colors is surely on one of the many things on your long to-do list, but how do you choose the best paint colors? With an ever changing selection of shades of paint out there, narrowing your options to a single perfect swatch per room may seem impossible.
The key to choosing the best paint colors lies in understanding how color affects a room’s mood, size and temperature:
Cool Colors: Serene & Spacious
Blues, greens and purples belong in the cool colors family. These colors help make a space more calming and relaxing, and are a great choice for bedrooms, bathrooms and other private areas in your home. These colors can also help promote creativity, making them an appealing option for home offices or studios. Cool colors make a room expand and appear larger than it really is. Skillfully using a cool color in a small space—such as a smaller bedroom—can help it feel more spacious and less cramped.
As their name implies, cool colors like light blue can make rooms feel a bit chillier than other areas of the house, so you may wish to avoid these colors in an already-cold part of your home. If you are thinking of using a cool color for a room, first consider how much natural sunlight the room receives or how well your home’s heating reaches it.
Warm Colors: Energizing & Intimate
If you are struggling with how to choose the best paint colors, the other option to consider is warm colors. Warm colors live on the other side of the color wheel and include reds, oranges and yellows. These colors—especially red—can increase heart rate and energize the room’s inhabitants. This makes warm colors a popular choice for living areas, recreation rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens. Rooms with these colors can be especially helpful if you entertain often, as they can encourage your guests to engage in lively conversation. Warm colors also make a room feel smaller and cozier. Use a warm color in your spacious first floor to make it feel more intimate and comfortable for your guests.
Just as cool colors can make a room seem colder, warm colors can make some rooms feel more inviting. Warm hues may be the perfect choice for the colder spots of your home, but try to use warm colors sparingly in spaces that already run a bit warm. You can experiment with painting only one wall with a red or other warm color as an accent and to avoid adding too much heat or making the room appear too dark.
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