Here are some tips in helping you pick colors for your next interior painting project. Enjoy!
Anyone wanting to try their hand at interior painting can easily be overwhelmed at the number of choices out there. Do you try and match the paint color on other walls of your house? Which paint-matching service is the best? Come up with an entirely new color altogether? Then there’s the whole natural-wood-varnish fringe who think that everyone should just leave their walls and floor a natural color and simply stain it a nice light redwood color. Of course, those interior painters probably don’t have any kids spilling cereal on the wall three times a day, either.
Most of the time, an experienced interior painter will start with a plan. A plan is a good thing, although it’s important to remember that THE PLAN CAN CHANGE. That’s in capital letters for amateur interior painters who need to know that even if you thought you had discovered the most wonderful shade of chartreuse blue for your baby’s room, if it doesn’t match the other elements (furniture, trim paint colors), it doesn’t belong. A wise interior painter is flexible, knowing that you can change the color of the paint in your new living room a lot easier than you can change the fabric color of the new $3200 sofa/day bed combination.
So the interior painter’s plan should include furniture. Now the next thing any budding painter interior or otherwise needs to know is a little bit about the color wheel. Relax, it’s not as complicated as it sounds. There are certain color combinations that when you see them, they just WORK, right? The color wheel offers a little bit of insight into why that is. Every interior painter should know that blue is next to green because they are closely related, whereas red and green are opposite each other. The motto for interior painters goes something like this: Thou shalt understand and use the color wheel when choosing paint color.
Another thing you need to remember as a new interior painter is that colors will look different in different light. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. That shade of yellow that looks so inviting in the paint store could easily be your biggest interior painter mistake when you get home and it’s more like the color of warm vomit. The difference? The fluorescent lighting at the store emphasizes different tones than the bright sunshine in the new den. You’re not just some interior painter; you will be living with your paint choices for the next 20 years. Most of the time experienced interior painters will choose more muted tones for the walls and ceilings, and darker, more vibrant tones to set off the trim in a room.
Finally, no matter how long someone has been a painter interior or exterior for, they always consider what the space will be used for. A new baby’s bedroom will have a whole different set of challenges than a laundry room, and there are paints that suit each need. Specialty paints like stain-killers and washable paints are every interior painter’s best friend. And remember: if it feels good when you look at it, that’s the one.
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