Choosing the Perfect Color

Eddie Shekari
March 10, 2017

Selecting colors for your home can be a daunting task. How do you know what works and what doesn?t? Luckily, Houston interior painting is a specialty of Pro Painters so we are happy to help you make these choices if you need it, but we would also like to offer some advice from your Houston painting company to you.

Changes in lighting can make your chosen color appear different at home than it did in the store, so what do you do? You buy sample pots! Pick three or four that you like and paint a small square of each color on your wall. Be sure to pay attention to how different they look depending on whether they are in natural or artificial light. This can change your mind on which color you thought was your favorite.

Color my Emotions

Aim to stay in the same hue when you are using multiple colors in a room so the palette will seem more unified. When using pastels or light neutral colors, you should use ultra-white paint for the trimwork and molding, so that the wall colors will stand out.

Paint is basically divided into two categories: neutrals and bolds. While the neutrals are beiges, whites, grays, and pastels, the bold colors consist of vibrant pinks, reds, purples, blues, and greens. Neutrals play it safe because they blend with varying decor styles, so if you change the furniture and such later, the wall color can remain the same. You can always paint just an accent wall or hallway a bright color if you are worried about the intensity but want to add more pizazz to your home. While light colors will make a small room appear larger, dark colors will cause light-colored objects to stand out. You can even create a sense of harmony by repeating the same color through multiple rooms if you desire.

Emotions Taking Me Over

We all know color can affect emotions and moods, so keeping this in mind when choosing the colors in your home can help create your preferred feeling across it. Red works well in living or dining rooms because it is known to increase conversation and appetite. Orange does, too, while evoking power and energy. Avoid bright yellow in a nursery, because it can make babies cry more since it causes anger and frustration. This color is better suited for a kitchen. However, soft yellows evoke warmth and happiness. Green is associated with nature, so it?s calm, refreshing tones can be great in bedrooms. Lighter shades of blue also work in bedrooms, but a brighter shade can go in an office since it increases productivity. Purple has long been considered symbolic of wealth and royalty, but it also stimulates creativity. It can pack a punch in dining or living rooms. Since brown is cozy, it works wonderfully in living areas, and white helps to generate a sense of cleanliness and can brighten up space.

Crossing the Finish Line

For finishes, it?s important to know which one you want for your perfect look. A flat finish is typical for ceilings, living rooms, and bedrooms. Despite being hard to clean, they work well on walls with many imperfections because they are easy to touch up. This area also does well with an eggshell finish because it has a low sheen and marks easily. Satin finishes are scrubbable, thus these are what you want for high traffic areas, such a kitchens, hallways, family rooms, children?s rooms, and bathrooms. The silky finish creates a sheen which makes touch ups harder. A semi-gloss is ideal for kitchens and bathrooms due to its resistance to humidity. It?s difficult to touch up but easy to clean. And finally, a gloss finish isn?t wise for walls since it will show every imperfection. Use this for molding or woodwork.

Regardless of what you choose, the colors in your home should be representative of you. Your house is your home and your interior design speaks volumes.

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Eddie Shekari

Eddie founded Pro Painters in 1995 to meet the growing need for high-quality residential and commercial painting needs in Houston. In nearly 20 years, Pro Painters has exponentially grown our client base, serving residents across the greater Houston area. Our core principles have helped us achieve the highest standard of workmanship and customer satisfaction. Our years of experience have allowed us to become an extension to our customers as the all-in-one solution for home makeovers.