Painting Your New Favorite Room - Color Selection Tips for Portland

Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Monday, August 31, 2015

tips for picking interior paint colors

If you read our last article, you know that we shared a few tips for picking the perfect color for your guest room. After all, the holidays are coming soon (why does that come across as a very Paul Revere-like warning?).

As a follow-up, we would like to share a few tips for picking fresh interior paint colors for other spaces in your home. After all, standing in a room that needs an update can feel a little overwhelming. Where do you start? There are literally limitless options when it comes to shades, hues, tones, colors, and styles.

Don’t worry. We have some very practical suggestions to help your project get rolling (literally!) in a solid direction.

Paint Color Inspiration Is Closer than You Might Think!

  • Look around - Sounds simple, right? Well, as you look, consider the existing colors in the room, including furniture, decorations you can’t part with, carpet, fireplace, etc. Choosing an interior paint that works well with these existing colors can help you narrow the field.
  • Is there an existing color you love? - How about a stripe of yellow in your couch that is delightful, or that hint of soft tan in the carpet? You can accomplish two missions at once (color coordination and finding a new wall color) by looking at the tones and shades already present in the room. Your inspiration might be right under your nose!
  • Be careful of bright colors - Using strong, loud paint is in style, but it needs to be done strategically and thoughtfully. If you have quieter, more neutral colors in your furniture and design, bold walls can work. If, on the other hand, you have a lot of colors at play in the space, a more subdued wall is better. Colors should work together as a team, not be wrestling for the spotlight.
  • What mood do you want the room to have? - Color psychology is incredibly powerful! Because of that, you can let the goals you have for the room (and its intended use) guide your selection as well. For example, if it’s a high-energy, play/exercise area, warm shades of red or orange can be included. If you want to relax and unwind with a good book, try soft blue, green, or other natural, earthy tones.

Do You Have Any Other Interior Painting Questions?

We would love to help! And yes, we do offer color consultation services. Our goal is for you to be absolutely thrilled with your new paint, and to be able to enjoy it for years to come. Why not contact us at Sundeleaf Painting today?

Sundeleaf Painting, Inc.
2037 SE Ochoco Street
Portland, Oregon 97222
(503) 236-9797

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