What Color Should I Paint My . . . ?

Choosing a paint color for a room or area can be as easy as picking a neutral tone or as complicated as finding just the right shade to complement a whole-whole plan. When my clients tell me that they are having trouble with finding a particular paint color, here’s what I tell them.

How to Choose a Color for Every Room

You don’t have to go with neutrals or white all the time. Use some of these tips to help you find the best shade for some of the rooms of your house.

  • Exterior of the House. This is a major decision, because unlike the inside of your house, the outside will be seen by lots of people every day. If you are in an area with a Homeowners’ Association, be sure that you have their list of approved colors, and then make a decision from there. If you have free reign, then look at your neighbor’s homes and note what color schemes you like and don’t like. Painting siding can really change your home’s appearance, so you may want to play it safe with a beige or gray neutral. Then again, I’ve painted siding on homes with green, orange, and turquoise, and they really look great. It depends on the home and the neighborhood.
  • Living Room. Deciding on a paint color for the living room often revolves around the “look” that you want. Maybe you’d like to decorate around the furniture—for instance, you love your sofa/chair set and would like them to stand out, so you may pick a color that will make them “pop.” Or you want to draw attention to a wall with elaborate shelving that shows off family pictures. Many people like to paint 3 neutral walls and then make the final wall a dramatic color, like a deep red, that accents shelving or a beautiful fireplace. Remember, though, that painting walls a deeper color will make the room appear smaller, and it will be harder to light. Also look at your carpet color or flooring and make sure the paint will not clash.
  • Kitchen/Bathroom. Usually, the colors on your kitchen walls are muted. Many folks like beige, light yellow, or peach, depending on the color or stain or the cabinets. If you are completely redoing your kitchen, you’ll have to think about what colors your cabinets, counter tops, and floor will be, and use the paint color to draw all of them together. If you’re just changing the paint color and nothing else, look at everything in the kitchen and go with a neutral tone that allows the focus to remain on the special touches, like a nice cooktop or island that you love. The same goes with finding a great color for your bathroom. Muted tones work best there, and you can pick your cabinet hardware and faucets based on the color.

Call MasterBrush Painting today for exterior and interior home painting. We have dedicated crews with years of experience who would love to transform your home! Inside or outside, we are ready to help.