3 Basic Steps in Choosing the Perfect Room Color

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So you’ve found the perfect home. The price was right, the size and layout were right, but the color the previous owners used for the living room walls makes you choke. You probably already have a good idea of how you want to live, and how you want to feel in your rooms. Many new homeowners are a little afraid of color, especially after living in apartments with stark white walls for many years. Choosing the right color becomes less fun and more of a chore. But it doesn’t have to be.

So how do you choose the right color to fix that living room so you can live there comfortably? The following three easy “do it yourself (DIY)” tips will help you avoid huge investments of paint in colors that just don’t work for you.

Color psychology

  1. Mood and room use – Think about these things first. Do you want the room to be peaceful and calm after a busy day? Or would you rather have something that energizes you and the kids to have more fun? Choose calm and peaceful light blues or creamy yellows. Or brighter, warmer colors for more energy.
  2. Lighting – Lighting can change colors. Natural light from a window will give you the truest color. But if you spend a lot of time in the room with artificial light, keep in mind that incandescent bulbs tend to shed warm, yellow light. Flourescent bulbs tend to shift everything toward the blue side. This can be important, especially if you have colorful artwork. For more accurate colors, choose “daylight” bulbs for your lamps and sconces: these imitate that natural light from the window.
  3. Test your color choices – no matter what color you’ve chosen, it sometimes looks completely different when it is on the wall and dry. Decide on a few options and pick up small tester jars of the paint colors. Take large pieces of poster board and paint one with each color you are considering (remember to label it!). Then hang them in the room you want to paint and live with them for a week or so. Look at them at different times of day and under different lights.

Following these three tips will give you a good chance that your wall color will be exactly what you want it to be. But even if it isn’t (you may find that you actually wanted calm when you thought you wanted energetic, after all), remember that changing paint color on the walls is one of the easiest and least expensive decorating changes you can do. And it can change the entire look of your home!

If you’re ready for new walls to go under that paint, contact me for real estate opportunities in the Connecticut area.

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Michelle Manter Giglietti

Owner~Realtor at Manter Realty Group of Keller Williams
Top Producing Realtor and recognized blogger. In her free time you can hear her screaming fore at the local golf course,or catch her at home enjoying fresh cooking and a glass of wine with her husband and favorite 6 pound Morkie named Pedro.
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