What to Consider When Choosing Interior Paint Colors

February 5, 2018

When designing and building a custom home, you get to work with your builder to decide every detail. From big design decisions to decor and color palettes, everything is designed and built to suit your style and needs. Colors can have a big effect on the look and feel of a room. With so many options, how do you decide? Here are a few things to consider when choosing interior paint colors:

1. Think About the Atmosphere You Want

The colors in a room can have a big effect on the atmosphere created in the room and even on how you feel when you’re in it. That’s why there is an entire industry based around the psychology of color and how to use it inside your home. Before you settle on specific colors or color schemes, think about the atmosphere you want to create in the room and how you want to feel while you’re in it.

Is this particular room going to be a calm, quiet place for relaxation? Then, try using cool, neutral colors such as linen white or moss green. There are many ways to decorate with neutrals whether they are the primary colors in your palette or not.

Someone who is looking for more of a family-style room with movies, games, and other types of entertainment may be interested in bolder colors. Try using an accent wall in a lattice red, a warm sunny yellow, or a navy blue. You can stay on trend while having a bit of fun and really make the room your own.

2. Consider Your Interior Design Theme

Other considerations for choosing interior paint colors are your interior design theme and decor. The overall look and feel you are going for can help you narrow down options for your color palette, even if you are using the color drenching technique.

If you are going for nautical interior design, blues, whites, and neutrals are some classic colors associated with that look. If you will be decorating your home with a lot of different elements, a neutral color palette can be a great foundation that highlights your decor.

It can also help keep the decor from overwhelming the room with too much color. A more creative color palette can work well in a room. But, when your color palette is more creative and your decor is busy as well, it can sometimes create a hectic and overwhelming atmosphere.

3. Take Light Sources Into Account

Lighting options can make or break the atmosphere of a room and can also affect how your interior paint colors look. Interior paint color samples in specific lighting may not look exactly the same when illuminated by other types of lighting.

The way paint colors and light sources interact can affect the look and feel of a room. Although many modern lighting fixtures allow you to control the type of lighting, you will still want to consider these subtle changes when you are choosing interior paint colors.

4. Keep the Wall Surface in Mind

When you paint a mild color on a smooth surface, it will appear lighter than it does in the can. Conversely, the same color will appear much darker when applied to a rough surface. This is due to the surface difference.

Consider this factor when choosing the interior paint colors you want. Also, keep this in mind if you are planning to use any two-tone wall ideas, if you will have different types and/or colors of trim, and more.

5. Choose the Right Paint Finish

High gloss, semi-gloss, matte, satin – there are many different paint finishes available and they will all offer a slightly different look. All the finishes are suitable for varying types of rooms, so it’s important to know their distinctions. A general rule of thumb is the shinier the finish, the more durable the paint. In high-traffic rooms, the shinier the better; it’s also often easier to clean.

6. Don’t Be Afraid of Your Favorite Colors

Although preferred colors may shift and change, you can start with your favorite colors when deciding on color palettes and interior paint colors. This can help you start somewhere you are comfortable without becoming instantly overwhelmed when choosing colors. Even if your favorite colors are neon green and hot pink, you can artfully incorporate them into your color scheme.

Choosing slightly lighter, or less optically offensive, shades of these colors for your interior paint colors can work as long as you allow some wiggle room for flexibility and pair colors well. Pick one as a foundation color and create a palette around that. You can also use one of your favorite colors as an accent color.

Build Your Dream Home With CHG

These are just a few things to consider when choosing interior paint colors. Colors are just some of the many details that need to come together to create your dream custom home. Working with an experienced custom home builder can help you work through all the options and details and ensure you end up with the home you want. If you’re ready to bring your dream home to life, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090!