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How to Choose the Right Color for Your House

Posted: 12:37 PM, May 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-06 12:39:52-04
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LANSING, Mich. — Putting a new coat of paint on the exterior or interior of your house is probably the fastest and most affordable way to breath new life into a home. We’ve all been in a home with chipped paint or stained walls. It can really age a home and make an otherwise beautiful house feel drab. New paint can brighten or calm a room like little else can. The entire mood and feeling can be altered to fit you and your family’s personality. A lot of people who are itching to move after living somewhere for years and pleasantly surprised when some new paint makes them feel like they’re living somewhere new. Choosing the right color is critical, though. Picking the wrong paint color can be a big mix-up. After hours and hours of hard work laying on the paint, it can be frustrating when it clashes with furniture or makes a room feel too dark. Color affects the mood of everyone inside a house, so getting it right matters. Here’s some straightforward advice on how to pick the right color to make your house look fantastic.

Use Resources at Your Disposal
A lot of homeowners get a little inspiration and they take a huge risk on paint color that ends up being a mistake. Maybe they saw something in a magazine that looked cool. The only problem is that sometimes what looks nice in one room won’t translate to another. You end up hating the room you just painted and feel like your house got smaller because you avoid it. It’s always better to get professional advice before making a big change in the house. The good news is that professional help comes in all forms with paint. Most home improvement stores have someone on staff in the paint section to walk customers through choices. They’ll tell you how to go about making sure you’re taking the right steps. People can also pay a lot of money to hire a professional painter or designer to choose colors. It really depends on your budget and what kind of project you’re looking at.

Choose a Theme and Stick with It
Too many DIYers start painting different colors and end up with a discombobulated house. They listen to their kids on what colors their rooms should be and end up with fluorescent walls that look like they’re from a clown house. Beautiful homes have a color scheme they stick to: The furniture matches the walls, and the outdoor kitchen granite counters match the exterior paint. There are many different types of granite that you can match with the exterior of your house. Everything meshes together in a lovely aesthetic that exudes luxury and neatness.

A great way to look for inspiration on color schemes is by looking online and in magazines. Architecture and interior design publications regularly post model rooms and home that customers can borrow from. You don’t have to buy that designer furniture to go with it, though. Just choose something that looks similar to what you have in the house and make it work. If you’re going to take a bold color risk, do it first in a small section of wall that’s not easily visible. Painting behind a set of bookshelves or something like that is a good idea. If you end up hating the color, you can just use the furniture to mask the painted area.

Lighter is Often Better
A lot of experts recommend using a color wheel as a guide. Colors close together on the wheel are often less complementary. They can still be used together but be warned it’s easier for them to clash. Colors opposite each other on the color wheel are more complementary. They work off each other to give a house a more vibrant feeling. One popular method of choosing colors is to stick with a color scheme and adjust shades of that color from room to room. It will give the house enough variety but still feel like there’s a calm continuity going through the home. Again, unless you want to buy new furniture, make sure whatever color you choose goes well with the look and pattern of whatever’s already in the house.

A lot of experts recommend using a color wheel as a guide. Colors close together on the wheel are often less complementary. They can still be used together but be warned it’s easier for them to clash. Colors opposite each other on the color wheel are more complementary. They work off each other to give a house a more vibrant feeling. One popular method of choosing colors is to stick with a color scheme and adjust shades of that color from room to room. It will give the house enough variety but still feel like there’s a calm continuity going through the home. Again, unless you want to buy new furniture, make sure whatever color you choose goes well with the look and pattern of whatever’s already in the house.

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