Painting Your Home's Interior? Here's How to Pick the Perfect Color for Your Space!

 Painting Your Home's Interior? Here's How to Pick the Perfect Color for Your Space!

So, you might be ready for inte­ri­or paint­ing in the Dele­ware Val­ley area, and are excit­ed to see those fresh col­ors roll out. Now you just need to decide exact­ly what those col­ors will be.

Easy… right?

Not always! There’s near­ly an infi­nite num­ber of col­or options, hues, and vari­eties to pick from, and then you need to choose the finish. 

Don’t wor­ry. It might seem daunt­ing, but we can get you well on your way with a few prac­ti­cal tips. Let’s get started!

Choos­ing the right paint col­or for a spe­cif­ic mood 

Before select­ing a paint col­or, think about the vibe you want to cre­ate. Do you want a cozy and calm­ing space, or a vibrant and live­ly one? Col­or psy­chol­o­gy is pow­er­ful and super impor­tant to consider.

Here’s a quick recap of the moods asso­ci­at­ed with dif­fer­ent paint colors:

  • Blue: Calm­ing and relaxing

  • Green: Sooth­ing and refreshing

  • Yel­low: Cheer­ful and energizing

  • Red: Bold and passionate

  • Pur­ple: Regal and luxurious

  • Gray: Neu­tral and sophisticated

Get inspired

Take a look at inte­ri­or design mag­a­zines, social media plat­forms like Pin­ter­est and Insta­gram, or even walk around your favorite fur­ni­ture stores for ideas. Pay atten­tion to the col­ors used in the rooms that catch your eye and think about how they might work in your own space.

Con­sid­er exist­ing ele­ments in the room

When select­ing a paint col­or, it’s impor­tant to take into account the exist­ing ele­ments in the room, like your fur­ni­ture and décor. Think about whether you want to com­ple­ment or con­trast these ele­ments with your paint color. 

Here are some tips:

  • If you have a bold piece of art or a pat­terned rug, con­sid­er a neu­tral shade to bal­ance things out.

  • If your fur­ni­ture and décor are neu­tral, a bold accent wall can add some visu­al interest.

  • If you’re unsure which col­or to choose, a safe bet is to pick a col­or that’s already present in your décor. In oth­er words, pick a col­or you love in that spe­cif­ic ele­ment, then col­or-match it.

Take light­ing into account


Light­ing also plays a big role in how a paint col­or appears in a room. In fact, light­ing is one of the top rea­sons why you can’t pick a paint col­or based on a lit­tle swatch in the paint aisle. You HAVE to see it in your space, gaug­ing how it looks and reacts to dif­fer­ent lev­els of light­ing in your home. The direc­tion your light comes from plays a huge role too.

Here are some easy takeaways:

  • North-fac­ing rooms tend to get cool light and work well with warm colors.

  • South-fac­ing rooms get warm light and work well with cool colors.

  • East-fac­ing rooms get warm light in the morn­ing and cool­er light in the after­noon, so con­sid­er a neu­tral color.

  • West-fac­ing rooms get cool light in the morn­ing and warm light in the after­noon, so con­sid­er a warm color.

Test the paint colors

Once you’ve nar­rowed down your choic­es, it’s time to start test­ing the paint col­ors in the room. Paint a small area of the wall and observe how the col­or looks in dif­fer­ent light­ing con­di­tions and next to your exist­ing fur­ni­ture and décor. It’s also impor­tant to con­sid­er the fin­ish of the paint, as this can have a big impact on the over­all look of the room. Here are some pop­u­lar finishes:

  • Mat­te: Low sheen and hides imper­fec­tions, but not always as durable as oth­er finishes.

  • Eggshell: Slight sheen and easy to clean, but can high­light imperfections.

  • Satin: Slight shine and more durable than mat­te or eggshell, but can be hard­er to touch up.

  • Semi-gloss: High shine and very durable, but can high­light imper­fec­tions and be hard to touch up.

What’s the takeaway?

Choos­ing the per­fect paint col­or for your home can be a fun and excit­ing process, as long as you take the time to con­sid­er your options and test the col­ors in the room. If you’re still feel­ing unsure, don’t hes­i­tate to reach out to a pro­fes­sion­al res­i­den­tial paint­ing com­pa­ny for advice and assistance.

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