Choosing Interior Paint Colors | Room Color Ideas | The Home Depot

[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi. I’m Sarah Fishburne, Director of Trend and Design at the Home Depot. The first step of any new paint project is to pick your colors. Paint chips are the best tools to begin the search to find the perfect colors for your home. They are free and easy to find and come in thousands of colors.

When selecting paint colors for your home, you can let the room help you decide. Start by picking a focal point that the rest of the room is designed around. This can be a piece of art, a piece of furniture, a rug, or even a pillow. Then coordinate everything else in the room with that item, including flooring, additional furniture, drapery, lighting, and of course, the paint. A great way to make sure you’re picking colors that coordinate perfectly with your room is to bring fabric swatches, pillows, or other accessories from your house into the store to help you choose.

After you’ve selected some colors you want to consider, it’s time to test those colors in your home. It’s important to consider how the room’s lighting may affect the colors.

A lot of natural light may tend to make colors appear brighter, while lower light levels may make them seem darker. This is why it’s important to test your colors in the actual room you’ll be painting. Get multiple shades of the colors you like, then paint small patches along the wall to see which color works best in the room.

You’ll want to try this when it’s sunny and cloudy out, since the look of the color will change in different types of natural light. Also consider testing the color in multiple spots in the room, close to the window, up along the trim, and down by the floor, so you can see how the colors work with these elements, so you can get to your room to exactly where you want it to be. Once you’ve found your main color, use it as a springboard to create a complete palette. Painted trim can really make your room pop, but it doesn’t have to be a shade of white.

You can also consider trim color like taupe or black.

The color of the ceiling also plays a big role in determining the feel of the room. An accent color can be a nice design touch for the ceiling. But if it’s a smaller room with neutral tone walls, you’ll want to paint the ceiling the same color to give the room the perception of a greater space. A foolproof way to create a sophisticated color palette is to pick one color and use it in many hues. For example, if blue is your color, try pairing gray-blue upholstered pieces with a navy rug and light blue walls.

The layering within the same color palette will create a rich look without taking a lot of risk. Before you go to pick up your final paint colors, a tip to make sure you get the right amount of paint and supplies is to measure the space you intend to paint and bring that information with you. I hope these tips help you on your way to a coordinated palette that will give your entire room a perfect refresh.

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