How to Choose Wall Colors for Your Home

Choosing a new color scheme for a room isn’t always second nature. It’s easy to look at a photograph of a beautiful room and think to yourself, “I’m going to make that!” only to end up staring blankly at the rainbow of color choices at your local hardware store. This is especially true when buying brand new homes or a new condo; it’s like a fresh canvas. Find out what you want to do with your room and experiment with your color options with the help of this short guide.

Wall Colors for Your Home

Determine Your Room’s Theme

What kind of theme do you want for the room? Is it going to serve a specific function or do you like a particular aesthetic? Every room should have a purpose, and the colors you choose need to complement that purpose. A workout room full of dark blues may put you to sleep while running on the treadmill, while a bright red bedroom can be enough to keep you awake or aggravated late at night.

Use the Color Wheel

Different colors excel at evoking certain feelings. Cooler colors like blues, purples, and greens provide a sense of tranquillity and serenity, which tones down the room’s overall energy and feel. Warmer colors give a feeling of energy and vibrancy to keep the conversation flowing and energy pumping instead.

Colors closer to each other on the wheel are seen together more frequently in nature than those on opposite sides. For example, blues mesh well with greens and purples rather than orange, yellow, or red.  If you’re looking for contrast, go for colors that are almost directly opposite to your chosen color. Blue and red naturally clash, but blue and orange can flow well together with proper placement and planning.

Always follow the Golden Rule of Contrast; make one color heavily dominant and keep the contrasting shade as an accent color.

Take a Look at Gift Bags for Ideas

Out of ideas or stuck in a rut? Head to your local gift bag aisle and check out the various color combinations. Some of the color schemes are bound to jump out and give you ideas. Wallpaper books, dresses, furniture, magazines, and even sites like Houzz.com can be a great inspiration if you’re stuck, too.

Make the Paint Match Your Furniture

Make sure the color matches your furniture (or the other way around) for best results. You don’t need to buy a whole new wardrobe to get your current color style to match, and it’s considerably less expensive to repaint the walls rather than buying all new furniture.

What you can do is get sample paints onto a test strip and hold them against your furniture. Do this multiple times a day when the lighting changes. The lighting in a store is different from your home, and your home changes its ambiance based on how much sunlight is present at the time. A pale green looks neutral and non-intrusive at midday and will give your home a soft glow in the evening. Conversely, a bright red shines in the sun and appears more muted at night.

Use Variations of the Same Base Color

Do you like blue? Tailor your furniture and accessories in the room to vary along the blue, purple, and gray color spectrums. Monochromatic color schemes work when you add in subtle variations to the theme.

Live With it for Awhile

Choosing wall colors

Pick out a color and stick with it until you decide it’s right for you. There’s nothing wrong with trial and error, and it’s considerably cheaper to repaint than to redecorate, so don’t be afraid to mix it up now and again.

There are many ways to find the right color, but your search boils down to the purpose of your room and how you’ll use it on a daily basis.  If you’re in the market for a brand-new home, let Phoenix Homes help you along the way. From condos to apartment flats, we have a little something for everyone.


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