5 Decorator Wall Color Tips That Will Make Your Rooms Pop!

When you decide it’s finally time to paint, keep these things in mind:

1.  Warm Colors – Think the colors of the sun – red, orange and yellow.  When using a warm color on the wall, the wall will appear to advance, making a room feel smaller and more intimate.  Avoid using warm colors in a room that is already warm – viewing a warm color can actually make you feel warmer.

2.  Cool Colors – Think soothing shades of the water – blues, green and purple.  When using a cool color on a wall, the wall will appear to recede, making a room feel larger and more airy.  Cool colors are great in a room that is filled with sunlight, since viewing a cool color can actually make you feel cooler.

3.  Connecting Colors – Colors from the tans, beiges, whites and gray family.  These colors work to connect rooms as well as create a background for more vibrant color combinations in your upholstery and hard furnishings.

4. If you don’t like the color of the paint when you open the paint can – you can almost guarantee you won’t like it on the walls!  Yes, paint colors do change when they go on your walls and dry, but they don’t change that much.

5.  Paint a board – Before you put that paint color on your walls, paint some poster board with the colors you are considering.  Put them in various places in your home – see them in the dark, see them with natural daylight, see them with your lighting – live with them a bit.  That should clear up any indecision you might have.

Now that you have some color ideas for the walls of your home, don’t forget about fabrics for your windows.  You are going to want to make sure that your window treatments work hand in hand with your new color palette.