Craving a fresh, new color of paint on your walls? If you’re in the market for a new paint color, you’ve come to the right place. Paint is one of the most versatile decorating tools at your fingertips. With endless options for you to choose from, the right color palette for your home is out there, but choosing the color can be the hardest part for many homeowners. In this article, we’ve answered homeowners’ most frequently asked questions about choosing the right interior paint color.
Several studies have been conducted on the psychology of color, showing how different colors can influence our moods or emotions. When it comes to choosing paint colors, it’s important to understand how different colors resonate with you and your family. So, before heading straight to the paint store to grab paint swatches and samples, think about what type of atmosphere you want to create in the rooms you are painting.
For bedrooms – light blues, warm neutrals, or colors with gray undertones are popular because they evoke feelings of calmness and relaxation. On the other hand, warm brown and deep oranges are great for family rooms or living spaces, because they are seen as more welcoming and social colors.
There are no rules when it comes to choosing a paint color for your home – it’s yours to decorate the way you like! What adjectives come to mind when you’re imagining your dream home? Cozy and inviting for your family to gather in during the holidays? Sleek and modern dining room to show off at dinner parties? Possibilities are endless. Here are a few examples of colors to consider:
Every year, color experts compile color palettes that consider the trending current design, art, culture, and environment, among other factors. Deep, earthy tones dominated trends from 2021 to 2022. In 2023, we saw more nature-inspired hues, retro bright colors, and timeless neutrals being used to create welcoming, yet personalized spaces. We love when homeowners take advantage of the opportunity to express themselves and their personalities through color and design.
Nature tones have continued to be popular in 2023, with the focus of bringing the serenity of nature indoors. Taupe, terra-cotta, olive greens, and sandy neutrals are a must-have for homeowners who want to inject a bit of the wilderness into their home.
Bold bright colors have also been thriving in 2023. These bold, bright hues give off a vibrant and energizing atmosphere that is full of personality. For homeowners who love a pop of color and aren’t afraid to take a risk, go retro with your color choices. You can always change the color again when the trends change in a few years!
Using colors from different elements in your home that you already love is a great way to create a color scheme that is unique to you. Look at the furniture, artwork, and textiles in the room around your home. Is there a patterned rug, piece of furniture, throw pillow, or a piece of art that you love? Use those things as inspiration to pick a few colors that you could see as potential wall colors. If you have a beige couch in the living room, you might consider using a similar color wall color in an adjoining or adjacent room, to continue the flow of color throughout your home.
When you’re trying to incorporate multiple colors in your home’s color palette while trying to maintain consistency throughout, muted colors are a great option. The undertones of muted, dustier colors help create a visual connection between the various rooms in your house. By simply muddying the colors, they become less bold and bright, making it easier on the eyes.
There is no right or wrong answer to this question– painting all of your walls the same color will create a cohesive and clean aesthetic throughout, which is why many homeowners opt for this look!
If you’re not ready to commit to a full room of color, there are still plenty of ways to incorporate color into your home – like creating an accent wall. If you’ve never heard of an accent wall, it is a single wall in a room that is painted a different color than the other walls. Accent walls serve as a focal point where they can shift attention to a specific area or to certain details in a room. This is a great design element for anybody who wants to incorporate a dark or bold color into their interior design without painting an entire room.
Color is a great way to highlight and enhance any unique architectural details you have in your home. From molding and doors, to built-in bookshelves and wainscotting, architectural details provide the opportunity to add layers of color and depth. White and off-white have traditionally been the go-to color choices for interior molding, window trim, and doors, but now more than ever we are seeing homeowners choose bold paint colors in these areas.
One way you can experiment with color in your home is to paint the moldings or doorways one shade lighter or darker than the color of the walls. If you have wainscotting in your home you could also split the room by painting below the wainscotting a darker, bolder color, and above the wainscotting a lighter more neutral color, which will create a beautiful two-tone room that emphasizes your wainscotting and incorporates more color.
When it comes to painting there are also different finishes for you to consider– flat, satin, and semi-gloss. Traditionally, satin, also known as “eggshell”, has been painters’ and homeowners’ choice of interior wall finish because it is “scrubbable” while also managing not to draw attention to any imperfections. Walls are scratched, bumped, and nicked all the time, and the satin finish prevents this damage from being visible, whereas a flat finish would expose this damage. Modern flat finishes have more stain resistance which makes them desirable for kitchen spaces, but due to the lack of luster, it’s easy to see any little imperfection, which makes them less desirable.
There are also semi-gloss and high gloss finishes. These finishes are more ‘shiny’ than the other paints because they reflect more light. Typically, we do not have many clients requesting semi-gloss or high gloss finish for their walls. However, instead of leaving the semi-gloss and high gloss finishes to the trim, you can experiment and create interesting visual effects with the different finishes. For example, if you were to paint your walls in Benjamin Moore’s 2022 Color of the Year, October Mist 1495 with a flat finish, and your ceiling that same color with a semi-gloss finish then you would create a visual contrast between the matte and sheen that not only creates a color-drenched effect, but it also makes your ceiling appear higher because of the more reflective properties of semi-gloss.
At Tom Curren Companies, we understand it’s hard to decide on a paint color, when the options are literally endless. That’s why we created our Color-Safe Selection Guide to make it easier for you to get started. Our Color-Safe Selection Guide has pre-curated color samples from some of the most popular paint colors in New England, and a few of our personal favorites. Be sure to ask our team for more details!
Whether you’re a maximalist who loves color, or a minimalist who prefers neutrals, there is a color scheme out there for you. The painting professionals at Tom Curren Companies are here to help you with your next interior painting project. Give us a call to schedule a free consultation – 617-969-4900.