Interior / September 3, 2018 / Emmaline Brenner.
Pick the paint color last. Homeowners want to pick a paint color before they move in. Why not arrive to walls with a fresh coat of paint? Of course you can do it this way, but it is not ideal. There are thousands of paint colors with various tints, tones and shades. And each one looks different from home to home, because light sources vary, meaning what looks good in your current home might not in your new one.
Think about it, if everything is too similar, our eyes have trouble focusing and tend to glaze over. Use texture to make sure your most important elements pop. Restraint, of course, is also key, so try not to go too texture crazy. Stick to two or three distinct textures in any single space. Choose three when you want people to take in the space as a whole and stick to two when you want to emphasize a prominent focal point.
Dreary, gray, dilluted versions of true color are overused. Too many institutional creams. Creams can at times be lovely, but more often than not they are sad and feel dirty and dated. Instead of cream, opt for true, crisp white. Instead of sand, try cocoa. Any specific rooms that are great for experimenting with color? Dining rooms are a great place to try out your first move in the color department.
You also have an innate reaction to color. For example, when you look at red, it does increase your heart rate. It is a stimulating color. This goes back to caveman days of fire and danger and alarm. You also have learned certain associations with color, such as red making your heart race since it is linked with fire trucks and ambulances, in other words, alarm, or yellow having positive association simply because it was the color of your beloved grandmothers kitchen.