How to Choose Interior Paint Colors

Interior paint color options are as numerous as the day is long. If you’ve ever had to pick a paint color for any room, you know that gray isn’t just grey…there are more shades of grey and all other colors than the brain can absorb.

So, how do you go about choosing the best colors for your space? Here are some tips we know you’ll find useful.

Consider sightlines. If variety of color is the spice of your life, make sure the colors you choose work well together. Stand in your kitchen – can you see into the living room or dining room? If so, stick to colors in the same family or simply choose lighter and darker tones of the same color.

Choose a dominant color. Choose one consistent color for walls of connecting rooms, especially if your home has an open floorplan. Otherwise, things can start to look choppy and visually overwhelming.

Stick to one color group. One way to ensure a cohesive look without limiting yourself to one or two colors is to stay in the same temperature family, like cool blues and grays or warm reds and yellows. Or you can select one dominant color and use different variations of that color in each room. For example, a cool blue-gray in the family room and ink blue in the formal dining room complement each other nicely.

Keep bold colors in enclosed rooms. Want to go a little wild with color? Do it in rooms that are out of the sightline from other rooms, like a bedroom, powder room, or enclosed home office. Rooms that are closed off by four walls and a door are ideal for something a little unexpected.

Add color with accessories. Love rich red but don’t want it on your walls? Inject bright or bold colors into your space with furnishings and accessories. Velvety blue throw pillows, a dramatic area rug, or a peacock green accent table are all simple ways to add the visual interest you want without a dramatic change of wall color.

Use the 70:20:10 rule. Choose a dominant base color you really like for most of the interior – about 70% of the space. Select a complementary color for about 20% and use accent colors for the remaining 10%. This helps avoid color overload.

So, what’s on your interior remodeling agenda? No matter what that might be, you have a design and remodeling partner in Pann Home Services. We are home remodeling and handyman specialists, ready to take on any project, large or small. Contact us today for more information or a free in-home consultation.