How To: Pick The Right Paint Color

By Sklar Furnishings

Designer Tips and How to Guides

September 25, 2017

Wherever we go we respond to color. This is why choosing the right paint color for your space can be a meticulous task. While color does not necessarily result in a definitive equation between “color and our moods,” it shouldn’t be underestimated as it often accounts for our response to an object or a place and impacts our surroundings – this includes room design. While several factors warrant consideration when selecting the right paint color for a space, here are three our interior design team suggests:

Your Intention For The Space
Think about your intention for the space. The color you choose should accurately capture your motive. Do you want a dining room to feel sociable and stimulating or appear formal and quiet? Would you rather the space celebrate a new frontier of innovation or foster a robust connection with the natural world? The palette you choose should promote your purpose and objectives for the space.

Interior Design Tip: Write down your vision for the room or what you see yourself doing in the space. This will help you create a visual so you can clearly define your intention.

Pairing Words With Colors
Once you are clear on your intention, think about the colors that complement those ideas. This is when buzz words like “color psychology” or “color vocabulary” take effect. Let’s use a kid’s room as an example; if you wish to create an active, exciting energy then a warm hue like orange or yellow would be a relevant choice.

Interior Design Tip: Link keywords you listed in your vision to the color wheel. This will help you determine which colors promote your intention.

Test Your Color
Once you have your color or colors be sure to test them. Paint a poster board or large sections of the wall so you get a feel of the color in the space.

Interior Design Tip: Leave the color up for a few days, walk into another room and consider the flow from room to room in order to create the vision you want.

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