Choosing Paint Colors for Interior Walls

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Analogous

  • Analogous colors are those that sit next to each other on the color wheel. By choosing a paint color that is close in variation you will make only a subtle change in your rooms appearance. For example, if your furniture is in the blue tones and you choose an analogous color of either violet or turquoise, they would blend together nicely.

Complementary

  • Choosing a color opposite on the color wheel from your present décor color would be a complementary color. This choice would dramatize your room with a wide contrast, yet with a color that will blend well. For example, with your blue furniture you might pick either a shade of yellow or gold.

Triad

  • An easy way to choose a color scheme for a room is by threes. Triad colors make a triangle within the color wheel. This combination will give a good balance to the room. For example, with your blue furniture you have chosen a red chair and red accessories, then you might choose a green wall paint and add the same color green with minor accessories.

Undertone

  • Be mindful that the undertone colors match in your room. If you are choosing analogous colors, for example, and your tan furniture has a yellow undertone, you will want to choose a cream or white with that same yellow undertone. A taupe paint would have a grey undertone and would clash with your furniture, even with neutrals.

Mood

  • Consider the mood you would like to set in your room and pick the color accordingly. A relaxing mood will permeate the rooms atmosphere if you choose a cool color like green or blue. These paint colors are nice for living rooms, bedrooms or bathrooms. If you prefer a stimulating atmosphere, choose a warm color like red or yellow. Neutral colors such as tan, cream and white work well in any area.

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