Studies have suggested that color accounts for roughly 60 percent of an average person’s response to a particular place or object. Despite its significant psychological and physical effects, color actually works in a very subtle way. Unfortunately, this often results in the importance of color being underestimated. But if you’ve ever tried picking a color for your home, you know firsthand just how confusing the endless options can be. So, to help you out, we’ve compiled a few tips on how to find the perfect color for your plain white walls.
Start small. If you aren’t completely sure where to start, you can always try a small project before repainting your entire home. Some good places to experiment include the bathroom, powder room, accent walls or even a hallway between rooms.
Consider the mood. Before start painting, think about the mood you want the room to encourage. For example, if you want your bedroom to be soothing and restful, then you might want to consider using neutrals, as well as soft and cool colors.
For some rooms, you can even choose between two or more moods. Dining rooms, for instance, can either be casual or formal, depending on the colors you choose. Bright, warm, and contrasting colors encourage a casually social atmosphere, while neutrals and deep blue-greens convey more formality.
Test your choice. Don’t think twice about testing the colors you’re interested in. Consider painting a large area of your wall or wide poster board to get a solid idea of how the color will ultimately look once applied to the entire room. If you’re interested in trying something new, consider chocolate brown, olive green or other deep neutrals.
Think about the big picture. Consider each room as a plane of color. Approach the entire thing as a composition and think about how each plane of color will interact with the others. So, as you leave one room, pay particular attention on how well the colors flow or transition into the next room.
Keep in mind the effects of lighting. Have you ever wondered why the best paint stores provide customers with light boxes? Well, that’s because different types of lighting can have different effects on different colors. If you want to see the color in its truest form, you should view it in natural daylight. On the other hand, incandescent lights enhance warm tones and fluorescent lights enhance blue tones. Consequently, if you use strong colors on walls next to large windows, they may have overpowering results. But if you use the same colors on walls with artificial light, they may look much better.