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Five Tips for Selecting Exciting Interior Paint Colors

Whether you're repainting a single room or your entire house, we have ideas to share about how to make good decisions containing just the right amount of dare-to-be different edge.

Considering a variety of painting strategies helps you decide what you like and may expand the choices you discuss with painting contractors St Charles.

Some strategies include:

  • Practicing the 60-30-10 Rule
  • Changing colors from dark to light as you move from floor to ceiling
  • Making small spaces seem larger
  • Using an artist's color wheel to pair colors and
  • Paying attention to designer hues, such as Pantone colors of the year.

The 60-30-10 Rule

Visualize a room painted in three colors for harmonious balance. The walls would constitute 60% of the color. The contrasting trim --including floor and ceiling molding, wainscoting and window frames -- would be 30%. The final 10% would be a dramatic hue guiding the viewer's eye to a detail, such as a door or a built-in bookcase.

Floor-to-Ceiling Color Selection

Another way to balance a room's colors is to follow the floor-to-ceiling rule in which the darkest color is at your feet and the lightest is overhead -- sort of like reaching from floor to sky.

Small Spaces that Seem Large

It's a common misconception that using all white for a small room makes it seem larger. No! It creates a boring, boxed-in feeling. Instead, add strategic color, such as brightly painted corner cabinet that leads the eye diagonally across the floor. This causes the room to seem larger.

Combinations of Opposites -- Cool & Warm Colors

Have you ever noticed how jewelry that combines gold and silver attracts attention? That's because one color is warm while the other is cool. Together they form a dynamic contrast. In interior painting, the same effect might be created by pairing gray walls with a gold armchair or throw rug.

Colors of the Year

The Pantone color corporation is an internationally renowned design corporation that produces color formulas used by printers, designers and paint manufacturers. The company publishes a new color of the year palette of hues each January.

A bright, apple green called Greenery is Pantone's lead choice for 2017. You'll find it all over the Internet. It's doubtful that many people would choose to paint an entire room in Greenery, it's the kind of color that works particularly well as a 10% color in combination with quieter colors, such as Pantone's Hazelnut -- another current color in its spring 2017 array.

Many major paint retailers create custom mixes based on Pantone colors. However, they also create their own colors of the year. When looking for painting services in Charleston that are experienced at listening to your preferences and suggesting ways to select tasteful interior colors, please contact us at Prime Time Painting.