Paint is one of the more easy and cost-effective ways to change the look of your home, and what better time to paint a room than summer? We surfed the internet to find some great tips to help you choose your next wall color:
Sherwin Williams: Find an inspiration piece! Think of a favorite rug or fabric you own. Often these objects are your favorites because they feature all the colors you like. Use the combinations as a guide to choosing colors for your wall.
Tip: We love to browse the home dec fabric shops to see what color combinations are trending!
DIY Network: Think about which mood you want to create in your room. Do you want to feel romantic and calm? Choose a light warm or cool shade. Or do you want to feel homey and comforted? Select buttery yellows such as for your kitchen. Do you want a feel of calmness and balance? Select shades of green that are light or moss or sage colored. Do you want to feel energized and express your vibrant personality? Choose vibrant shades. Do you want an air of elegance and serenity to a room? Select neutral shades or cool light greens.
Facebook.com: join a decorating group and ask a question about favorite paint colors. For example, in the group “Home Decorating Tips, Tricks & Inspiration” one poster asked about the best blue paint for her kitchen island. She had over 65 replies that included pictures, caveats and even a spirited discussion about shades of blue that was fun (and helpful!).
Houzz.com: Paint sample colors directly onto the wall. If you haven’t yet narrowed down your selection to just one color, Porter suggests painting your choices side by side on the wall to see the differences. For some, this can be overwhelming to the eye; if that’s you, make it easier by leaving some space between the samples. Also, keep in mind that the existing color of the wall will affect how the paint reads. Colors will appear darker against a light backdrop and lighter against a dark backdrop.
Decorating Blogs: There are so many home decorating blogs out there! SimpleMadePretty.com recommends you find out what colors your favorite home blogger loves and draw inspiration from it. For example, she says “Are you are a fan of Fixer Upper? I sure am and I love some of the colors that Joanna uses. It’s okay to copy your favorite designer.” Great idea!
Here are some of our favorite home decorating blogs, but there are so many out there you can surely find a few that emulate your style of decorating.
Maria Killam talks about paint color for homes in her blog and its fascinating! www.mariakillam.com
Yvonne Pratt at StoneGable covers just about everything you need to know about decorating! www.stonegableblog.com
The Creativity Exchange was started 10 years ago by Cyndy as a way to inspire others and build an engaged community for all things creatively home. www.thecreativityexchange.com
A recent Zillow analysis recently revealed that “Homes with black or charcoal gray front doors sell for $6,271 more than expected.” And you wondered if color really makes a difference!
One final piece of advice. If you’ll be moving in the next couple of years, choose neutral wall colors. The Seay Realty Group can advise you on neutral wall colors that are popular in our area. Call us today!