WHAT COLOR DO I PICK?? I get this question over and over again, so I thought I would hopefully give all of my readers a quick guide to choosing the right colors in your home. This will be an ongoing column in the blog, so I hope that you stay tuned to learn more.
It's a fairly easy process if you break it down in simple components - but I think that most people agonize over choosing a paint color. Why? Because there are so many colors to choose from and most people are afraid to make mistakes in their home. You have to remember - it's only paint and it can be re-done. So - no more worrying! I'm here to help.
Here's Tip Number 1.
Eliminate Certain Colors Right Off the Bat: One of the most simple, but mostly disregarded tips, is to eliminate a whole host of colors from the start. I could write a book just on this one topic alone, but I will spare you from a lengthy post by whittling down to the basics.
- Above, the warm tone of the wood floors started the color scheme. The beautiful carpet then dictated the other colors in room - corals, pumpkins, ochres, brown and cream. The use of black grounds this room and prevents it from being too light. I love the traditional style of the room - and the punctuation mark of the modern painting on the mantle.
In my kitchen, which gets tons of lights, I chose a rich brown wall color. Because the cabinetry and other items in the room are light cream, the dark color adds a punch.
Design by Christina Murphy Interiors
- If you have very little light, opt for a lighter color on your walls. Look at your granite or other countertop material - what is the main color in it? That will help you narrow down your choices.
- Above, this all white kitchen is stunning because of the pattern and texture in this room. The Carrara marble counters, modern backsplash and art...the graphic trellis wallpaper and the gleam of the faucets and appliances save this white kitchen from being predictable. The gray trellis pattern was probably chosen because of the colors of the backsplash and the marble.
- Look at your granite or other countertop material - what is the main color in it? That will help you narrow down your choices. If you have warm, golden sienna or cinnamon tones in your granite, eliminate colors that will clash with it - like blues or greens. If your granite has some blue specks in it, you can choose a color like In Your Eyes by Benjamin Moore - and add white cabinetry for a beautiful blue and white color scheme. Then look at your cabinetry - is it cream or white? Don't wimp out and choose a light cream or white. Make the cabinets stand out by using a darker or a mid tone color - or do a beautiful damask, stripe or trellis pattern, as above.
- Do you have dark cherry wood cabinetry? Let that stand out by choosing a beautiful pale sage hue. The red tone in the cherry will actually be more vibrant because of the green on the walls. Using an opposite color on the color wheel bolsters each color.
- If you have cooler colors - like silver, pearl, gray or blue - eliminating many warmer colors and plain white will help narrow down your color choices.
- Above, in this living room we did in Melville NY, the furniture and carpet started the entire cool color scheme. The silver tone of the mirror, the gray/silver window treatments and the platinum and pearl strie on the walls bolster the sophistication of the color scheme. A white wall would have ruined the beauty of this space
- What mood do you want in a room? If you want a happy start of the day in your kitchen, then choose sunny colors. If you want a more serious tone in a library - choose deep forest greens or maroon walls with dark mahogany furniture. Mood plays a big role in deciding your wall color.
- The function of the room also plays into what color you choose for your walls. If you want to have your children relaxed for bedtime, don't paint their rooms yellow. Soothing colors like pale blues and greens will produce a calmer child - ready for bed.