Have you ever walked into either a friend’s house or model home and said to yourself, “I wish I could get the colors of my walls to flow like that?” Well, you are not alone.
As many floor plans now have an “open concept,” homeowners find themselves at a loss when it comes to paint choices. The most frequent questions we face begin with… Can I do more than one color? How can I get these colors to flow together? What walls should I accent? Well, the Fort Myers painting experts at Noel Paining are here to help!
Choosing the Right Colors
As there are a multitude of color shades out there, how can you find the right ones to fit your taste? Do some planning!
We recommend finding furniture and accent décor items in your favorite colors before purchasing or deciding on wall colors, as paint is way more inexpensive than that couch you have had your eye on for so long. When you do this, consider what moods you want each room to have and how you want one room to flow into the next. Most importantly, don’t go too crazy on color! Most decorating experts suggest that you choose one dark color, one light color, and one bright color. Pick items that fit your taste and choose the paint later.
Next, ensure that you consider the room’s lighting. Color is the reflection of light and depending on what types of and how much light is present, colors can reflect completely different shades of the same hue. Test how natural light and light from lamps/light fixtures affect the color of furniture, paint, fabrics, etc.
Keep in mind that you are not committed to one color forever. If you find a few hues that you may like, paint just a small portion of a wall in each color and leave it for a week or so, testing it in different lights, to see if you still like them and which you like the best.
A rule of thumb: colors that are present in nature together, normally go well together as paint colors. For example, ocean blue, seaweed green and tan (as seen at the beach) would all flow well as a home’s color scheme!
Accent Walls – Where to Paint
If you have an open concept floor plan, let the architecture guide you! Find corners and areas that can serve as natural places to start and stop a paint color. Use the ceiling and trim as accent points as well. Do so through a three-tone painting method. Have one primary color for your wall, a color for the trim, and a color for the ceiling. This helps add to the already present character of your home.
Next, paint the room that you are either wanting to be the boldest in color or paint the largest, most prominent room first. This will give you a basis to work the rest of your space off of. For depth, use different shades of the same color. This can work for the three-tones of your wall, ceiling, and trim as well. For example, if you are using a pale blue in the hallway, use a lighter hue of that blue in the bedroom to help the colors flow. By using different shades, you also know that they will all match!
Lastly, separate downstairs and upstairs. Thinking of the two levels separately will help you manage the project with more ease. Also, this can help you create different moods in different areas of your house.
For more information on choosing the right paint colors, contact the Fort Myers painting experts from Noel Painting.