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Are you staring down a wall full of paint samples wishing that the color you want would just pick itself? Skip the eeny-meeny-miny-mo with a professional color consultation and you’ll be on your way to the color that’s truly right for your walls and room.
Finding your Personal Paint-Color Palette
To get to a more personal color palette, ask yourself if you would prefer your room to be warm or cool? Rustic or contemporary? Open and vast or close and cozy? Think ocean beach or mountain forest, cool marble or warm wood. Starting with questions like these will help define your preferences and get to your favorites. This personal color palette will outlive any trends and transform the decor in your home or office into a true reflection of your personality and tastes.
How to Pick the Right Color Mood for your Room
- BOLD: To create a room that makes you feel full of energy, pick colors that are true and pure versions of themselves. Typically, these primary hues are in the middle in a fan deck of paint colors, not at the pale tip or the heavy bottom. They are hues that are bright, clear, and crisp. Cherry red, steel gray, and tangerine orange are such colors. They don’t have undertones of blue, brown, or yellow, which alter the appearance of the color.
- CALM: To create a serene and peaceful feeling in a home, try colors that are muted by large doses of white and gray. These undertones reduce a color’s intensity to a paler, pastel version. With blue, for instance, if you add a grayish hue with plenty of white in it, you end up with an aqua color. This is a shade that might be popular in spas and resorts. Do the same with green, and you get a mint shade that calmly recedes. Yellow becomes buttery and smooth. These colors are subtle backgrounds that you can use throughout your home.
- COOL: Cool colors are a popular aesthetic because they are often passive. Rooms filled with crisp whites, grays, and pale blues take on a decidedly chill mood, and people take center stage. It’s no coincidence these hues are based on cold things such as snow or steel. To arrive at a cool palette, think ice cubes, winter skies, and the shades of mouth-watering sorbets.
- SOFT: Soft colors are the pale hues that sit at the tips of color chips in a fan deck. While they’re often overlooked, these hues are not to be forgotten. Combined with other soft shades, they create romantic and light-filled spaces. Cream and blush colors are a sweetly luminous combination that brightens even the darkest rooms. You can also pair soft colors with strong shades because the contrast makes both more vivid. Fresh mint pops against a backdrop of peacock blue. Soft shades look as if they’ve been doused with white paint, which gives you a clue about how to make them: If you have a color that turns out too strong for your liking, stir in white paint until you get a whispery shade.