Coordinating paint colors make your room feel decorated. It’s possible to use the furniture, carpet and materials you already have but change up the room with paint. Paint can be used on the walls, chandeliers, wood floors, furniture pieces and to add accents to fabric. Some people suggest that you can also paint laminate countertops and vinyl flooring for a complete kitchen or bathroom makeover. Technically, you can do this, but that doesn’t mean you should. A glazier can even redo tile in the bathroom for a fraction of the cost of putting up new tile. The secret to decorating with paint is to coordinate an entire color palette instead of haphazardly choosing colors.
Paint color coordination is already done for you on the color chip. This will give you a monochromatic or tonal color palette. If you choose the lightest color and pair it with the darkest color you may be in for a surprise. The room will look modern because of the high contrast, even if you didn’t put that much thought into coordinating the colors. Some neutral colors can start out as beige and by the bottom of the strip they have turned into gold or dark green.
Interior paint samples can help when coordinating paint colors. There are thousands of choices. You may know you want a green room, but which green? It’s best to look at the samples in the natural sunlight and in the space they will be in. More modern samples are bigger and have a self adhesive back so you can stick them to the wall for a better idea of how they will look in your space. Some paint lines offer small sample paint cans for just a few dollars so you can actually paint a swatch on the walls.
Picking paint colors involves more than just a wall color. You’ll also need a ceiling and trim color. If the room is open to the rest of your home then try using the same color for flow. Choose another color for furniture. While you’re at the paint store pick up extra paint chips so you can get an idea of what accessory and fabric colors will work in the room. It may be helpful to keep a book of samples of your existing carpet, tile and stonework so you can take them to the paint store when you choose chips.
Interior paint brands offer a wide variety of options when it comes to choosing a color palette. Many paint brands offer pamphlets full of historic colors or ideas for faux finishes. Choose the exact colors they have coordinated for you to take the guess work out of picking paint colors. When choosing several neutral colors it’s best to stick to tones on the same strip. Picking two neutral colors allows you to work with almost any secondary color like periwinkle or terracotta because you’ll have a basic base to start from.