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How to Choose Interior Paint Colors

interior paint colorsMost people are somewhat stumped by color selection when facing an interior painting job. It seems daunting. It makes them envy painters, interior decorators and others who appear to have a natural eye for color and all the combinations thereof. But don’t despair. By breaking down the process, you’ll probably find you have more “color-sense” that you thought.

Match colors already in the room

In the case of a single room, look around and determine one of the predominant colors that exist there already. It could be upholstery fabric (or a single color in multi-colored fabric), an area rug, a series of paintings or anything else. Choose a color that blends well with this predominant color.

Begin by colorizing the larger rooms

Start with rooms like the living room, den, dining room, etc. From the color scheme you choose for these rooms, you can take one color and use that as the foundation for the color scheme of adjoining rooms such as bedrooms, bathrooms or offices. This brings a sense of continuity as you walk through the house.

Go dark to light for a foolproof color scheme

This tactic works well if you already have dark carpeting or another type of dark flooring in a room. Using that shade as your base, apply paint with a medium color value on the walls, and paint the ceiling with a lighter color such as ivory or pale yellow. This shade combination will make most any room look great.

Use your clothes colors as a guide

If you consciously select the colors of your clothing, you should do the same with the paint colors in your rooms. Some people look great in a sky-blue jacket, and they’d probably look good in a room with that shade. If you look horrid in brown, avoid painting the walls or trim that color. This ensures you’ll look great in relation to your room colors.

Let a color viewer be your guide

If you’re having trouble selecting several matching paint colors, use Benjamin Moore’s Personal Color Viewer. You’ll be able to visualize a huge range of color combinations, decide on the ones you like best and then purchase those exact paint colors from a Benjamin Moore retailer.

Make the most of your color with 60-30-10

When you have your paint colors selected, make any room look fantastic with this rule: use the dominant color(s) in 60 percent of the room; the secondary color(s) in 30 percent of the room; and accent color(s) in 10 percent of the room. Doing this provides your room with balance and aesthetic appeal.

colar wheelDon’t overcomplicate it

Even with many tips, some people are unsure about how to bring their rooms to life with paint. Don’t worry. If you simplify your project using just a few logically matched colors, you’ll still end up with a finished product that reflects good taste and a job well done.

If you’re still perplexed with paint choices, let the experts at Franklin Painting help you out. Our skilled crews have been beautifying homes for Connecticut customers since 1986. Call us at (877) 646-7774, or request an estimate online for any size painting project.

Franklin Painting LLC – Call us Toll Free at 877-646-7774
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160 Brickyard Road, Farmington, CT 06032

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