Wall color can make all the difference between boring, unoriginal interior designs and vibrant, exciting ones. Choosing the right color is essential instead of selecting just any odd hue or settling for the old, boring staples. However, this could be a difficult process since there are many choices to choose from. The key is to remain patient and maybe collect paint chips during the process. You should not make a selection until you decide the overall scheme for the rooms you are going to paint. This also includes the accessories (carpet and etcetera) that are going to go in these rooms. Here are some ideas that can help you select the right paint for your interior designs.
Determine Required Accessories
Remember that interior designs are intended to hold together in every aspect. Paint is perhaps the least expensive and easiest item to adjust or change. Thus, hold off making a final decision until you select items such as rugs, tile, carpet, fabric, wallpaper, and etcetera you intend to put in a room. Instead ask for paint chips from your paint or hardware supplier along with the full paint strip of matched colors. This makes it easier for you to see what difference a darkened shade would make and what a lighter one would look like.
Color Selection Suggestions
If the design for the room includes a print fabric that you want to synchronize or coordinate with the walls; it is better to choose the wall color from the print background color and not the printed or patterned color itself. The more standout colors of the print are often best used as accent colors and not as wall colors. While on the subject of accenting, the trim should also be considered. The most popular paint for this is white. However, a more interesting look can be achieved by just using a pale shade of the wall color for the trim. Alternatively, you might want to add a bit of contrast by using a dark trim against very pale walls.
There are various paint finishes you can use. If you want a lot of light in the room, go with a glossy finish; since it reflects light. If you have walls with more than a few imperfections, you might want to try the usual flat finish or even a matte one instead.
Paint Scheme Selection
Once you have chosen a basic paint scheme with a color, trim, and finish; test it to ensure it lives up to the expected outcome for your interior designs. How to test it? Simply buy a pint of the wall color and a smaller amount for the trim. Get yourself a board at least 2×1 feet in size, paint it, and color the edges in the trim. Let it dry for at least a day. Afterwards, check the appearance of the board at various times of day to see how it looks under different lighting conditions. Move it next to your furniture as well as outside to see how it looks under different lights and how it goes with the rest of your décor. This should help you make up your mind about the right paint scheme to choose for your plans. You could even conduct several scheme tests at once.
If costs are a concern with your interior designs, you might want to take your room measurements in advance. You can bring those to the hardware store and ask the professionals there to help you make an estimate as to how much your paint may cost in total. This way, you can prepare yourself for the potential price of your paint job and select the paint that is compatible with your interior designs.