3 tips for picking a paint color

3 tips for picking a paint color

Designing the home of your dreams is fun and exciting, but it can also be intimidating to get started, especially when projects can become costly and labor intensive.

One of the best ways to give your home a fresh look is with a new coat of paint. A simple, cheap and impactful update, painting a few rooms can change the entire aesthetic of your home. For some homeowners, however, picking a paint color is the hardest part about getting started.

If you are having difficulty choosing a color that works for you and your family, consider these tips:

Let the light in: Unless you are painting a closet, natural light will be a huge factor in the color and hue you select for your interior decor. If a room does not receive much sunlight throughout the day, you may want to opt for a brighter, more reflective color. In contrast, if your space is very bright with large windows, you could consider a darker color in a deeper hue for a dramatic statement. It is also important to keep in mind that no matter how much light your place gets, you can dress up windows with custom window treatments that will highlight their best features.

Make small changes: If painting a whole room is too intimidating to take on, just paint an accent wall instead! Or start with the foyer, hallway or other small space in your home. This way, you can see results more immediately, and not feel too overwhelmed by a massive change.

Put them to the test: HGTV writes, "Boost your confidence by testing colors on poster board or large areas of a wall. Don't be afraid to go beyond your comfort zone: Consider strong, vivid colors or soft, deep neutrals like chocolate brown or olive green as main or accent colors. Or add drama with a stronger color on the ceiling. Tinted ceilings can dramatically change the whole look of a room."

According to many leading designers, the start of 2015 will arrive with bold accent colors like Mediterranean blues and oranges, as well as something that interior designer, Christos Prevezanos, calls 'Monet Meets Molly Ringwald' where designers mix muted palettes with bursts of neons.

No matter what color you end up selecting, there are a number of design elements that you can add to your home to make it the ideal space to relax and enjoy company. One of the best ways to dress up a room without too much effort is by installing window treatments that complement and accentuate the space. If you are interested in learning more about curtains, draperies, shutters and shades, contact Metropolitan Window Fashions today!