Choosing the Right Color


Find a dominant color that you like, or wish to keep, in the room or on the house. In an exterior, this could be the color of the brick or stone, pre-finished windows, or roof. For an interior, it could be the color of your sofa, your flooring, or your window coverings.


Determine the feeling you wish to have in the room or on the home. Warm colors, such as red, orange, yellow or beige, can create an invigorating mood or add cozy intimacy to large spaces. Cool colors, such as blues, greens, violets or grays give a serene feeling and can add spaciousness to small places.


Consider how simple or complex you want your color scheme to be. Simple schemes create a feeling of serenity. More complex schemes are more dramatic and energizing.


Select colors when you are actually in the room in which they will be used. Environment, time of day, and the lighting, both natural and artificial, can dramatically affect the appearance of the color to the eye.


Use accent colors, or contrasting colors, to focus your eyes on architectural detail. This will accentuate your home‘s unique features such as a fireplace mantel, a chair rail, or front door.


Note the affects of light and dark colors. While light colors may visually bring something forward to the eye, darker colors can cause objects to visually recede.


Painting the walls and ceilings the same color can visually increase the size of a room. When the eye sees no boundary, it perceives a larger space.


Pay attention to neighboring houses or natural geography and environment. Blending into the landscape, or standing out in a subtle manner, can affect resale value.