Although you don’t have to be an expert in interior design to discover the best color scheme for your home, it can be challenging for those who have never attempted to decorate the inside of their houses. Choosing the right interior color scheme is essential, because if you get it right, you can transform even the plainest spaces into a creative and vibrant environment.

Choosing Interior Paint Colors

With a bit of help from the best in the business…

Behr Paint’s 2014 Interior Color Inspirations

Behr Paint’s 2014 Interior Color Inspirations

Sherwin-Williams' Reds, Oranges, Warm Neutrals & Whites

Sherwin-Williams’ Reds, Oranges, Warm Neutrals & Whites

Sherwin-Williams' Yellows, Greens & Blues

Sherwin-Williams’ Yellows, Greens & Blues

Dunn-Edwards 2014 Interior Paint Inspirations

Dunn-Edwards 2014 Interior Paint Inspirations

Benjamin Moore's Sell Your House Paint Colors

Benjamin Moore’s Sell Your House Paint Colors

Benjamin Moore's Sell Your House Paint Colors

Benjamin Moore’s Sell Your House Paint Colors

Paint Manufacturer’s Latest Colors to Choose From:

It is essential for you to have fun and always remember that you can sometimes get away with being a maverick, because you don’t necessarily have to follow the color wheel and traditional design theories to get the look you desire for your home. After all, color choices are extremely subjective, so don’t follow ‘rules’ unless they give you exactly what you’re after.

Perhaps one of the best tips for novice designers is to not select a paint color right away. Take a moment to look at the other elements of the room, such as furnishings, tile, wallpaper, and fabrics; then base your choice of color around these, not the other way around. This is important because paint is relatively inexpensive and you can find paint in any and every color. Go for a mixture of values within the color and choose a dark color, a light color, and then another dark color etc., to prevent the palette from descending into chaos. At this point, personal preference will come into play and you should be able to quickly choose the dominant color based on this approach. Don’t forget to test the color first before committing to it!

How Lighting Effects Your Chosen Paint Colors

Choosing Paint Based on Lighting

Lighting can have a dramatic impact on the paint color.

As color is the reflection of light, the amount of light in a room will have a major impact on how it looks, so bear this in mind when choosing your colors. You need to experiment to find out how light from lamps and natural light affects the color in fabrics, furniture, paint, and other surfaces.

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If you get the opportunity, spend some time in the room to see how natural light effects it, because this impact will change from sunrise to sunset. If you are in a room with only northern exposure, for example, you will find that it gets fewer hours of light per day than other rooms in the home. In this example, a warm color palette would be an excellent choice, since it works well in artificial light.

Color Commitment

Once you inject color into a room, you are not trapped in a long-term arrangement. In the event that you would prefer to have a neutral background, you will find that there are a number of ways to add color with small additions of a selected scheme. You can use rugs and throw pillows to invite some color into a room, while also adding some texture or pattern to the design. Consider placing personal items and artwork in the room to give it a personal touch.

Color has the ability to unite furnishings that would otherwise look out of place when placed together, so bear this in mind if you are considering a neutral color scheme. An unexpected burst of color can genuinely transform a living space, so think long and hard about the vibe you want a room to give off before decorating.