Developing a new color scheme can seem intimidating and overwhelming whether you're starting from scratch or updating a room.
It is always good to start with a fabric you love. This will help you to narrow your choices. Another way is to start with an object such as a piece of artwork, a vase, or a rug that have colors that you like. Use those colors to create the palette for walls, floor, furnishings, and accessories.
If you use a piece of artwork such as a painting for your inspiration, don't try to match the painting color for color, rather use it as a starting point for selecting colors that will work well together throughout your house.
In each room, allow a different color to dominate and give each space a distinct personality but stay within the same palette. The repetition of colors in each room in your home knits them all together and creates a feeling of cohesion.
To decide which colors to put where, start with the rooms where you and your family spend the most time. Decide which color in your pallet will create the mood that you want to create and use that color for the walls and perhaps a tint of a secondary color for the ceiling and floor.
One good thing to know is that different types of architecture lend themselves better to different color schemes. For instance, if your home has large windows opening up to the outside, it is a good idea to choose colors that blend in with and complement the view.
Collecting paint chips is a good idea when planning a room. Hold off making final choices until you have developed an overall room scheme. Paint is available in literally an infinite range of colors and is the most flexible element of your room décor. It is the easiest to change, and the least expensive. Get ideas first but wait to make the final decision after decisions about rugs, wallpaper, and fabrics are finalized.
When you go shopping for paint, you'll need to refer to your fabric, carpet, tile, wallpaper, and trim samples constantly. Be sure to take everything with you wherever you go. There is no telling where you might see something great.
You should really study the colors. You will find clues about the underlying tones of different shades of a color on a full sample strip of coordinated colors. Even if you're not even considering the use of a darker tone, look at all the colors on the strip carefully. Decide whether or not that family of colors is the direction you are headed in your color selection.
If you're working with a print fabric or another object with a pattern, you'll probably be happier if you select the coordinating wall paint color from the background of the print. Use the deeper or brighter tones for accents throughout the room or adjacent spaces.
Most of the time, you'll likely select a shade of white or off-white for the moldings, doors, and windows. If you feel daring, consider the palest shade of your primary color to coordinate with the walls. For a really striking look, try lighter shade on the walls and darker tones or bright color for trim.
In addition to the color of paint, you will have to choose a finish. Consider which paint finish might be best for your project. Matte or flat finishes hide imperfections in the walls, but glossier finishes will reflect more light and are easier to clean. Many people choose a Semi Gloss or a satin finish in an attempt to get the best of both worlds. These finishes have a slight sheen but don’t show off the imperfections as much as a high gloss.
When choosing your paint, it really all comes down to personal taste but it never hurts to get help. You can get an interior decorator if you want but if you are dealing with a professional painter, you might be able to get help from him. Most professionals do their homework and are familiar with the latest trends so don’t be afraid to ask. While many consider painting the interior of your home as a do-it-yourself job, this is one good reason to use a professional painter. In addition, a professional should know the proper procedures for preparing, priming and painting the walls as well as what type of paint can be used over different materials and paints.