Choosing Your Paint Color - Don't Suffer from Paralysis by Analysis!

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Fear Not!

Choosing colors can be stressful. Here are some ideas to help.

I get it. We have all been there. That moment when the stress of choosing a paint color for your interior or exterior project becomes a situation of paralysis by analysis. Here are three ideas to help you get unstuck and moving forward with selecting the right colors for your project.

How to pick the perfect Color Palette for home.
If only choosing that perfect color was easy! After all, the colors you chose will be with you for the next 10-15 years. Well, if you follow these to design tips, choosing that perfect color for your house painter will be a synch. The people of the Northwest and especially Olympia, Tacoma or Lacey are known for using color to add drama and flair to their homes. Don’t be afraid to be bold and have fun!

1. Start With the Formal Areas of the House
When searching for the perfect colors for your home, start with the formal areas like your living room, dining room and the entryways to your home. These are the spaces that you will spend most of the time in when you are not sleeping. Therefore, it makes sense to think which colors would be great in these spaces. How would these colors coordinate with your furniture and cabinet painting? Keep in mind that you will decorate your home, so try to follow one color scheme through the home. Many designers suggest that you should plan to go from dark to light, with the darker colors on the floor, medium colors on the wall, and lightest colors on the ceiling. This color scheme will ensure uniformity on your interior painting and also provide a pleasing visual image.

2. Use the Rule of 60-30-10
Try to divy up your color palette using the old, but functional 60-30-10 design rule. This rule suggest that 60 percent of your primary color should be reserved for your walls interior and exterior. 30 percent of your secondary color reserved for your furniture, and 10 percent of your accent color is for accessories and home decoration. This color division will also ensure uniformity and create symmetrical a design throughout your home both inside and outside.

3. Think about your permanent materials.
Take into consideration the permanent materials on your homes exterior. If you have a stone foundation, wooden patios, or brick, try to pick a color that compliments these permanent fixtures. It is always a good idea to grab paint samples, go outside and place the desired paint next to your permanent fixtures to gauge its compatibility. A good example would be, if you have a rustic grey stone facade on your home and you have always wanted to add a splash of red as an accent. Go outside, and hold a red paint sample adjacent to your rustic grey stone facade to compare its compatibility. It is often surprising how many colors are hidden within these elements. It is not uncommon to start noticing colors that you had not even noticed before.

Design is only as complicated as you make it...

Using these 3 tips when selecting colors for the interior and exterior of your home will make the color selection process much easier. Happy painting. If all else fails, feel free to ask us about getting you connected with a color consultant! We work with some great interior decorators that can guide you through the process. Till next time!