How To Choose a Wall Paint Color

Perhaps one of the best parts about having your own home is that you can design it using your own style and preferences. And choosing a wall paint color is a major consideration to make. Your wall paint color would be a huge determining factor in the overall design scheme of your home, and it would definitely set the mood and atmosphere of your place more than any single piece of furniture or decorative centerpiece that you could place in the room. So what are some interior painting guidelines in choosing a good wall paint color for your home?

First of all, it’s important to remember that your wall color shouldn’t necessarily be your favorite color. Some colors may not be very suitable as the dominant color in a typical home (some examples would be solid black, or neon green, unless of course you are aiming for a dramatic effect). A viable option would be to use your favorite color as an accent color instead. Speaking of accent colors, interior decorators follow a 60:30:10 rule in choosing wall colors: the dominant color is about 60% of the room; 30% is another color; and 10% is the accent color. Use a color wheel to see if the three colors you choose would be good matches to each other.  Obtain color samples and chips from your local paint store to see how different colors appear when next to each other; if you can bring them home, hold these chips up to different walls to see how they would look with the natural lighting in your home.

Another factor you should know would be the different psychological and aesthetic effects that different colors produce in different spaces. Research has shown, for instance, that yellow tends to increase focus and concentration, so it’s a good idea to use this in home offices or study rooms. The color blue in a dining room tends to decrease the appetite, while red tends to stimulate it. Cool water colors, such as deep blue or sea-green, are perfect for bathrooms and bedrooms, as they look peaceful and relaxing to the eyes.

Common living areas (such as living rooms, dining rooms and entertainment rooms) are usually assigned neutral, classic tones; high-traffic areas are usually painted with light and breezy colors, while kitchens can be assigned bright, food colors (such as mustard yellow, or even red).

Also, the combination of certain colors is able to make a room appear bigger or smaller, higher or lower. For example, painting your room ceiling darker than the walls would make the room look lower, while painting the ceiling lighter would make the room appear higher. Experts recommend that the ceiling be within the same color family as the walls (as opposed to the common tendency of painting the ceiling stark white), to provide flow and continuity of design.

Speaking of flow and continuity, this same factor must be present not just in one room but throughout all the rooms of the house, especially those that are near each other and are public spaces. How to do this? One way is by choosing the same color for all the communal rooms, and then choosing this same color but in a different shade for all the adjacent areas (such as stairways and hallways). Another method is by picking up the accent color in one room, and then using this accent color as the dominant color of the next room. 

Apart from the color, other factors to consider would include the finishes and textures you would use. Inquire about using different types of paint such as textured paint, magnetic paint (or paint that attracts magnets; great for children’s rooms and preschool study rooms), and plaster paint. Inquire also about equipment such as roller paint brushes for your ease of painting.

These are just some of the pointers to remember when choosing a wall paint color. Hope this article has helped you out! Good luck! 


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