This article discusses the choosing of wall colors.

When you want to paint some rooms in your new house, selecting the right wall colors can seem overwhelming. Whether you’re up in Hall County or down in Coweta County, local home improvement stores are bursting with options.

Don’t be daunted. With some forethought and a bit of strategic sampling, you can pick the right wall colors color scheme. Here are some do’s and don’ts:

  • Know the moods of specific colors. Colors provoke various moods and sensations. For example, reds and oranges make us feel energized and hungry. This makes them a good choice for the dining room (you’ll also notice reds and oranges are used frequently in restaurants). Blues and greens make us feel relaxed and are popular choices for bedrooms and bathrooms. But be careful if you’re considering a shade of green in the bathroom — if there are yellow undertones to the green, it will be unflattering to the skin tone when you look in the mirror. Yellow makes us happy and cheerful, but is best used for small rooms (laundry room or craft room) and accents.
  • Try a small spot of paint. When you’re looking at the rows and rows of paint chips, it’s always hard to imagine what those little splotches of color will look like on your whole wall. Most paint brands offer trial-size samples so you can try out the color without committing to a large quantity. Try two or three related hues. Paint a section of the wall with your first trial color. Do the same thing with your second color. Look at the samples during different times of day. The new color in morning light will look different than it will in the evening. Consider the colors for several days.
  • Consider the lighting. In rooms with artificial lighting, different bulbs will have different impacts on the color tones. Natural light won’t change the shade much, but incandescent bulbs will bring out warm yellows and fluorescents add a blue sheen. Take a look at how the artificial lights play off your color samples as you decide on wall colors.

But there are a few things you should definitely avoid doing:

  • Don’t choose the paint color first. Because there are thousands of colors and shades, choosing your paint color should be the last thing you do when designing your room. Look at your furniture, flooring, rugs and artwork to find inspiration for wall color. Then choose your sample paint and try different hues.
  • Don’t neglect the size of the room when considering color. If you’re getting ready to paint a small room, lighter colors will make the room appear larger. Likewise, if you want to make a large room feel cozier, opt for a dark hue.

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