Selecting Paint Colors for Your Home

Is your home in need of a fresh coat of paint, or maybe you’re looking to update your home’s decor before hosting the holidays? If so, follow these color tips for a great way to give your home a fresh new look. 

Choose a Color Scheme: Select the main color from the largest pattern in the room. Look at your artwork, rug, patterned furniture or curtains for inspiration. If you are redecorating your space choose an inspiration piece to help you select a wall color. 

Decorate from Light to Dark: Designer Mark McCauley, suggests using darker color values for the floor, medium color values for the walls and light values for the ceiling. “Any interior space replicates the outside world,” he says. “The exterior environment is generally darker below our feet (the earth itself), medium-valued as you look straight ahead (buildings/trees) and lighter skyward.” (Source:

Select Colors According to Your Space: In general, analogous color schemes — colors next to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and green — are more casual and relaxing, and work best in informal or private spaces. This is a good strategy for a bedroom, where you want to rest and recover.

Explore Your Closet for Inspiration: Most people wear colors that are flattering on them or that appeal to their senses. The same concept may be applied to your home. 

Stay Neutral: Not sure where to start with a color or it simply makes you nervous to splash a bold color across the wall? Then don’t be afraid to stay neutral by using the trendy neutral of ‘gray’ with any decor style. There are different shades of gray that will take on a warm or cool tone and pair beautifully with light or bold accent colors in any room. Another favorite is pairing gray with other neutrals such as white and brown tones. 

Use the Rule 60-30-10: When decorating a room and selecting colors, follow the tried and true 60-30-10 rule. Divide the colors into components of 60 percent of a dominant color (walls), 30 percent of a secondary color (upholstery) and 10 percent of an accent color (accessories). This will help keep the space balanced. 

Small Spaces that Standout: Don’t be afraid to go bold with a small space. Keep the space interesting and fun by using a look-at-me color choice. Let your large spaces remain neutral and full of light but let those small spaces standout. 

For more color inspiration check out Sherwin-Williams Colormix Forecast for 2020. Color in Balance introduces 45 trend colors, spun into five welcoming and intuitive palettes that bring joy, serenity and focus to the mind, body, and spirit. 

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