How to Pick the Right Color Scheme for Your Home

By in Goo Goo Ga Ga, Life and Time Management on 13 July 2010

Painting your house can be very exciting, but it is also hard work. When you paint your house, you want to be sure that you do not have to paint again for quite some time. The best way to ensure that you will not have to do subsequent painting, except for touch-ups, is to choose the right color scheme the first time. Choosing colors that you like will also help to avoid any regrets after the painting is done.

Choosing which color to paint your living area depends on the size of the room. Typically, the smaller the room, the lighter color you will want to paint. Because darker colors make a room seem closed in, you will want to avoid darker shades.
However, it is possible to have a dark color in the living room if it is limited to one wall as an accent color. And if the living room is rather large, painting the room a dark color will not take away from the size; it may actually make it seem cozier than if the room is oversized.

The kitchen area is one of the main spaces in the house in addition to the living area. The kitchen area can be painted darker than the living area if desired. To add dimension to the kitchen, textured paint looks great and comes in many different colors and styles. Coordinate the paint colors with the flooring for a dynamic impact.

Bedroom colors should match preferences. Since nobody but your family really sees the bedrooms in the house, it’s simply a matter of choice. For babies’ rooms, neutral or gender-specific colors are recommended and for older children, choosing their own color is a way to get them involved in the process.

Painting your bathrooms can be difficult. Bathrooms are usually about atmosphere to outsiders only. However, there are some people who paint their bathrooms bold colors such as bright orange to reflect a bold personality in a way that may not be feasible in other parts of the house. Coordinate the paint with the fixtures in the bathroom, including flooring for the best results.

The final place left is to paint the hallways. The hallways should be an extension of the living room and kitchen colors, especially since they are right off the hallway. If your hallways are narrow, stick to lighter colors. The same is true if your living area and kitchen are painted dark colors. By painting your hallway a lighter color, you will accent the kitchen and living areas. If your hallway is wide, painting it a dark color will help to narrow and accent it.

Choosing the right color scheme for your house is based on preference. Smaller rooms can be made to look larger if painted with light colors and a large living space can look cozy if painted darker. Kitchens and bathrooms are great places to accent either with bold or textured paints.

Whichever colors you decide to paint your home, keep in mind that you can always change your colors later on if you decide against the ones you have chosen. It may be a lot of hard work, but it is a part of making your home just that – your home.

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