Questions before choosing a house paint color

Choosing a paint color is easy to overwhelm homeowners because there are so many designs.

“Color carries a message,” said interior designer and color consultant Mary Nolte (USA) after more than 20 years in the profession. “Colors can be bold or light, cheerful or quiet. The color you choose should reflect the mood, the context you’re trying to create,” she says.

So how to choose the right paint color for the space? According to American experts, homeowners should ask themselves the following six questions before making a decision.

Does the paint color create a feeling of comfort and ease?

According to Lee Chambers, an environmental psychologist, homeowners often forget that paint color can affect the mood of themselves and their guests.

“Paint color impacts people’s moods on how they feel about the space,” says Mr. Chambers. Psychologists also note that color alters heart rate and energy levels and can lead to a range of responses and behaviors.

Homeowners need to choose paint colors that make them feel comfortable and peaceful. Once you’ve found a color you like, the next thing is to choose a hue.

“Ask yourself how warm you want the color to be, fresh or dark,” advises Chambers.

More carefully, the homeowner can test paint a wall with the chosen color and stay there for a while to see what emotions and thoughts this color brings.

Tash Bradley, color expert from wall paint and wallpaper company Lick suggests some paint colors that work well with homes are brown and beige because they create a sense of stability. Homeowners can also use pink to evoke creativity or blue for the home work area.

Each paint color brings different emotions and thoughts. Photo: HuffPost.

Does the paint color connect the inside with the outside of the house?

Humans have a close connection with nature, so house paint colors should also show this connection. “Common colors in nature like green and blue always make people feel welcome,” says psychologist Chambers.

After social distancing due to Covid-19, colors reminiscent of nature are becoming more and more popular. “They bring the outside world into the home with a new, healing feeling,” says Erika Woelfel, color expert at Behr paints. “They also form the backdrop for furniture, pictures and decorations.”

Does the paint color reflect who I am?

“One important thing I try to convey to my clients is that the paint color should represent who they are,” says color expert Joan Ffolliott with 14 years of experience. “Some people are afraid to show off, but home should be a place where you show all aspects of yourself, from your style, to your values, to your culture.”

In fact, each homeowner has their own taste and experience.

“What’s appealing to one person may be horrifying to another,” says interior designer Kylie Mawdsley. “For example, blue with green is often said to bring a feeling of relaxation like a spa, but for people with bad memories of this color, that choice is not suitable at all.”

In addition, the view of luxury also varies from owner to owner. Some people think that the bold, dark color reminds of a palace space, but for others, white is beautiful because it is associated with marble and sculptures.

Homeowners can coordinate many wall paint colors to create personality for the house.  Photo: HuffPost.

Homeowners can coordinate many wall paint colors to create personality for the house. Photo: HuffPost.

What is the current trend?

Although the goal is to clearly express the person and the desired mood, you can still choose the paint colors that are popular at the moment. Sometimes trends help you determine what you want and don’t want to do.

“Painting is also a relatively easy and inexpensive way to make a home look fresh,” says Nolte.

Does the paint color match the space?

Before deciding to paint the walls in the colors you see on social media or magazines, ask yourself why you want to and if your space is right for that choice. According to psychologist Chambers, you should also consider the function of the space and the mood you want to create in that space. Dark colors often make a room feel smaller, while bright colors create a sense of playfulness.

How does the paint color match with the interior?

Homeowners also need to make sure the paint color does not “play” the interior. In some cases, to match the interior, homeowners cannot paint the entire wall at will. “However, you can still add the color you like with accessories, decorations in that color or paint a small wall,” suggests Mawdsley.

Besides, think about interior texture.

“Dark colors such as plum red, charcoal gray, navy blue will be more luxurious if you go for a velvet interior. White and light blue are suitable for soft, cotton, and fur accessories”, color consultant Amy Wax said.

Thu Nguyet (Follow HuffPost)


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