Are you still contemplating a color to paint the walls?
Oyster White, Navajo White, Cielo Blanco (off white) are some of the options builders use to paint interiors of homes. Although these colors seem clean and neat when we first move into our homes, we soon tire of them and desire something with more personality. Most people are afraid to go against the grain and change to their preferred color, fearing that they will not like it or have to re-do the entire process from the boring Off White.
Even after more than 25 years working in the Paint Trade, it still amazes me that a room can be given a facelift by adding color. A designer-inspired look can be created for around $50.00. You can make your old furniture look new again. You don’t need to spend too much time thinking about all the work involved. The rewards are far greater. Where do you begin? How do you choose the right color for your project?
First, I suggest you use a tinted color. This could be something in the grey or cream color range. Do not choose colors that are too dark or too rich. It’s not necessary to create a dramatic effect in your room. You’ll quickly tire of them and they won’t create what you are looking for. Additional work will be required for deep colors. I have found that darker colors usually require two coats.
But, you’ll be overwhelmed by the variety of colors available at your local hardware store. You can find hundreds of different versions of gray and basic white.
Consider these steps before you decide on the color that is right for you.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when looking at all the options for cream and grey in your local paint shop or home improvement center. There could be hundreds of different shades. You should take the time to look around the room you’re going to paint before you do. You might be able to find a lighter color in the room you can take along. You could use a color from the background for a piece of fabric, such as a lampshade or cushion on a couch. You will want to choose a beige tone if you prefer a warm, cozy feeling room.
Consider your furniture, and accessories. What colors are you seeing? To keep your room warm, you might want to use a beige with orange or pink undertones. Choose a cooler beige with ashy colors if you have reds and browns in your furniture to avoid “overheating” your room.
Select gray tones for a more airy, cooler look. Some stores will offer a true gray color swatch that you can compare to their designer selections. You will see that every gray has undertones. Some may have blue or lavender tones. Others might have green, or even a hint or pink.
The same guide is used to identify the main colors of the furniture and accessories within the room. Avoid it feeling like an icebox by using cool tones and green or pink toned grays. For rooms featuring warmer colored furniture, you can use blue or lavender undertones.
The easiest color to work in is green if you can’t decide between gray and beige. A muted tone is best for it to be comfortable with and it will also work well with many color palettes.
Now, if all the above information is still confusing, you can go to the paint department and pick up as many color chips as you wish, take them home, and make your decision. It’s an additional trip that you will need to make, but it’s a much more convenient location in the comfort of your own home.
The best thing to do is paint your rooms in the color you choose. This will give you the results you desire and make you feel proud of your work. You can get this makeover for about the price of a great meal at your favorite place to eat.