How to Choose the Right Colors to Paint Furniture


Painting furniture can bring it back to life. You can even change the entire mood of a room by choosing the right color of paint for your furniture.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Decide what the overall look you're hoping to accomplish for your room. For instance, if your room is very small, you may want to consider painting your larger pieces of furniture such as entertainment centers the same color as your walls. This way they will fade into the background rather than taking up visual space in your room. Lighter-colored paint can make heavy pieces of furniture appear lighter on the eyes. If your room is too large, the opposite would be true. Painting your furniture darker colors would then be more appropriate to help "ground" your space.

  • Consider the style of your room and furniture to determine the colors and shades to use. A heavier, more ornate style deems darker colors in furniture vs. romantic looks that work better with lighter colors.

  • Think of the colors that help pull off the mood you're after. Yellow is more cheerful and upbeat. Neutral colors such as beige and powder blues do well for beachier themes.

  • Consider your major decorative pieces. They can serve as great inspiration for creating a color palette when painting anything in your room but most of all your big pieces like furniture.

  • Take a look at the colors in your other furniture that will not be painted such as upholstered pieces. Draw out one of those colors so that your pieces have a relationship.

Tips & Warnings

  • When mixing colors, don't "try" to match colors but rather use the same batch number from the same paint. Mixing your cans into a large bucket is a great idea to ensure you have a good match.

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