Tip #8: Pay attention to contrast. Remember my dining room example? The original tone-on-tone trim and wall colors didn’t work well together, at least not for the look I was trying to achieve. I wanted more contrast. More pop.
Like this room where the gray walls really stand out in contrast to the white trim, sink, mirror and cabinetry. Now, that’s a paint color to love for a long time.
For tip #9, let’s return to my craft room/office makeover. I told you before that I narrowed down my paint selections to two colors: Wordly Gray and the slightly darker Amazing Gray.
I know that paint colors look darker on a wall than they do on a swatch and once you get a whole room painted, a color can feel darker than the sample. I knew I would be working a lot in my office at all different times of the day and night. And I also knew the room doesn’t have the greatest lighting and can often feel dark, even in the daytime. But I need it to be bright so I can work. So, I chose the lighter, less saturated, color.
If you’re staring at a paint swatch and wondering if a color is going to be too dark, play it safe and step up the swatch. If you’re thinking the color is going to be too light, take a leap of faith and choose the darker, more saturated swatch.
Tip #10: Of course, you also want to always be mindful of the mood you’re trying to evoke in a space.
I didn’t mind dark and sultry gray for my dimly lit powder room, but that wasn’t the mood I was going for in my office.
Bold and energetic works for a playroom.
But maybe not so much for a master bedroom if you’re trying to create a serene retreat.
Tip #11: Transition and flow are other things to consider when choosing paint colors.
Pay attention to how one room flows into the next and how colors work together.
This is particularly important in open-floor plan homes. You don’t want jarring transitions or colors that clash flowing into one another. If you’re mindful of undertones, which I talked about in Tip #7, you should be pretty safe. Another rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t wear two colors together, then I wouldn’t paint adjacent rooms those two colors.
We’re to the end of my tips now, and Tip #12 is a doozy. Perhaps the scariest one of all.
Trust your instincts. If you love a color, if you keep coming back to it as you collect inspiration or you see it popping up in other ways — in the accessories you use in your home or in your wardrobe — go for it. If you love the color otherwise, you’ll probably love it on your walls.
OK, that seals the deal. I’m painting the dining room mason jar blue! Just maybe not this week.
For more paint color inspiration, visit my Paint Colors Pinterest Board.
And don’t forget to pin this post so you can find it later and share these tips with others who may be struggling with painting paralysis and white wall syndrome! Help cure these terrible decorating diseases!