I’ve stated before that staying neutral with your paint color palette is usually your best option. While I do love my share of trendy and bold colors, they almost always have a time stamp on them. Meaning, that color might not be trendy in a year or two. Painting, although low cost on the home improvement scale, tends to be a boat load of work. I would hate to paint an entire space only to dislike it a few years from now. Neutral colors are timeless and allow so much creativity to shine in other areas of decor. Throw that gorgeous trendy pastel into a room via pillows, or that bold color via window treatments. These items area more easily changed down the road at low cost, but do make a huge impact in your space.
I’ve had the excitement the past couple weeks choosing the paint colors for the new house. The following is a selection of colors I’ve chosen for our main floor.
While I flipped through hundreds of paint chips, I kept the following helpful tips in mind:
- Start with a floor plan, even if just a simple drawing that isn’t to scale. This helps to visually see how your rooms will coordinate with each other.
- Staying with just “warm” colors or just “cool” colors for the overall palette will lend to a cohesive feeling
- What are colors you’re always drawn to in pictures? This will help narrow your choices down as you search.
- Imagine how you want to feel in your space. Lighter colors have an airy, fresh, and energetic feel. Darker colors have a cozy, intimate feeling.
With neutral colors, sometimes clients are fearful their spaces will be “too bland”. A neutral color on the wall is an excellent foundation to build interest in your space with artwork, accessories, etc. The foundation of your space will be timeless and classic, allowing you freedom with other decor items. I hope these tips have helped you in color palette decisions!