How to Decide Which Color Is Perfect for Your House?

Rohan Mathew


Different colors evoke different moods, emotions, and reactions, especially for a house being painted. GSD Painting and Decorating Contractors notes that while picking a color for your home is an exciting activity, it can be a daunting procedure for their clients because everyone wants to get it right with the first try. This post would guide you through the essentials for picking the perfect color for your house.

Create a Color Scheme From the Largest Pattern in Your Space

The most prominent pattern in your house would most likely influence the primary color of the space. This can be either a colorful carpet or a large painting with an underlying design (like stripes or checks). Once you know what this primary color or pattern is, you can pluck out various colors for your decision or look for different shades of each color. A good idea would be to have one dominant and two supporting shades in your scheme.

Decorate From Dark to Light, Vertically

Your interior space should be a replica of the exterior world. For example, the ground is always dark-colored, surrounding objects medium-valued, while the sky is lightly shaded. Therefore, your home’s interior should be painted in a similar setting, with the floor carrying a darker value, medium color values for your walls, and light shades for the ceiling. Doing this would ensure your space looks fabulous while removing any risks of an unnatural setting. 

Start With the Formal Areas 

The living and dining rooms are considered formal areas of any house because homeowners and guests spend most of their time there. It would help if you developed a color scheme for these specific areas first, then pull one primary color from it and find a relevant shade for private areas such as the bedroom. For example, if you have red couches in your living room, you can opt for a berry shade for your bedroom. 

Use the Color Wheel

You stand a better chance of finding the right color blend by using a color wheel than deciding based on your instincts. A color wheel shows you the various shades for each color and the different colors that can form a unique blend. For example, blue and green are placed closer to each other on the wheel because, when combined, they create a casual and comfortable atmosphere for private rooms such as the bedroom. 

Consider Your Clothes

Nobody would be comfortable wearing clothes whose colors aren’t flattering to them. For this reason, people would buy many clothes whose colors are pleasing, and you can use this to your advantage while painting a house. For example, if you look stunning in a crimson dress, you can consider a red shade for your couches and a lighter tone for your walls that would place your favorite color in the spotlight. 

Back to Black

Painters and decorators would always advise you to add shades of black in every room as it clarifies other colors. For example, when painting your kitchen, you can use a black vase for a minor impact or paint the base cabinets black for a significant reaction, or enhance the hue. 

Go with Greys

Did you know that natural grey can work with any style of interior? This shade gives another color a warm or cool feel depending on what it’s paired with. It would be best to pair grey with pastel colors such as mauve, peach, or pink for a natural setting. 

Use the Rule of 60-30-10

To ensure that your house’s colors are properly balanced, you need to implement the 60-30-10- rule. Since the house walls take up a larger percentage of the property, they should be considered for the dominant color in the room. Add a wall color that can complement the rest of your room because the upholstery comprises 30% of the dominant color while accessories take up only 10%. 

Make Small Spaces Pop

You don’t have to paint every small space or room white to make it look bigger. Instead, you can make them pop out of their enclosure using a color that brings out the best in them. While large rooms are expanded by light, your small spaces should have a definitive feel that’s eye-catching. 

Contrast Warm and Cool

Neutral colors such as grey are usually considered boring because they can be used in almost any space. However, you can pair them with other neutral shades such as blush red to awaken the spirit of the space. 

Follow the Rule of Three

Unless you’re planning to host a colorful party such as Halloween, it would be best if you’d limit yourself to three colors per room. Therefore, go for the colors that complement each other such as sunny yellow, grass green, and navy blue, for a more serene or relaxed area such as your bedroom. 

Work with the Pros

DIY painting projects carry significant risks such as inappropriate painting finishes, imbalanced color schemes, and costly regrets. An experienced painter such as the ones at GSD Painting and Decorating Contractors would help you decide which colors are perfect for your house and handle the workload that comes with implementing these shades. You can reach out to them for their professional opinion and assistance.