Tips for Choosing an Interior Paint Color

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Tips for Choosing an Interior Paint Color

Choosing interior paint colors can be difficult, especially if you like many different colors. Maybe you just moved into a new home, and you would like to change the paint color to make your home feel more like your own; maybe you may have been living at your home for a while, and you would like to freshen it up with a new coat of interior paint. Deciding to paint your house’s interior is easy, but choosing your palette can be more difficult. Do you want the same color all over? Or would you like the bedrooms to be one color, the bathrooms to be another color, and the living spaces to be a third color? Below, we will offer some tips for choosing interior paint colors you love. At Bullard Exteriors in Georgia, we have helped many clients refresh their homes by updating their interior paint colors.

Find Paint Color Inspiration

Sometimes our clients do not know where to start. It can be hard to imagine which paint colors you would like in your home. Seeing a paint color on a tiny square paper cut-out is one thing, but seeing it all over your house in large spaces is more difficult to imagine. One way to get inspiration for different paint colors is to use Pinterest, a free social media site. You can create boards for different rooms and pin inspiration that you find online. Many Pinterest users even have aggregates of the best color trends of 2020 and graphics with coordinating interior house colors for every room. Instagram also has a lot of inspiration for interior paint colors. Some paint companies have apps that help you choose interior paint colors. You can take a picture of the room you would like to paint, and the app will show you what your room will look like with a particular paint color.

Neutrals are Always on Trend

If you would like a more low-key look in your interior, consider using a neutral color palette. There is nothing boring about neutral colors, and using neutral tan, gray, or off-white colors adds a relaxing element to your space. You can even use a neutral color on your walls and a different pastel color on your ceiling to add vibrancy to the room. It can seem simple to choose a neutral paint color, but you can use many different neutrals. Pay attention to the undertone of the paint. If you do not like brown, do not choose a paint color with a brown undertone. 

Neutral colors work in nearly every space, and they are timeless, both as background paint colors and at the forefront. Some of our clients have even created striped accent walls with a neutral color and a bolder color. According to Elle Decor, the following are some of the most popular neutral interior paint colors. 

  • Light Pewter by Benjamin Moore
  • Timeless by Clare
  • Sterling by Benjamin Moore
  • Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore
  • Snowfall White by Benjamin Moore
  • Wind’s Breath by Benjamin Moore
  • Cornforth White by Farrow and Ball
  • Silver Chair by Benjamin Moore
  • Campfire Ash By Behr
  • Silvery Moon By PPG Paints
  • Penthouse by Clare
  • White Dove by Benjamin Moore
  • Elephant’s Breath by Farrow and Ball
  • Feather Down by Benjamin Moore
  • Swiss Coffee by Dunn Edwards

Take Your Paint Color From a Magazine

If you enjoy flipping through home decor magazines, note the paint colors used on the walls. It is easier to see what a color looks like when staged in a magazine shoot with bedding, furniture, and throw pillows. You can even get ideas for your other decor from these staged magazine photos. Many home decor websites and magazines will list the paint color used in their photoshoots. If they do not, you can take the photo into Bullard Exteriors, and we will help you match the color as closely as possible. Keep in mind that paint colors will look different on your walls than in magazines because of your home’s larger scale.

Paint a Large Poster Board of Your Preferred Color

Many people will paint a small area of their wall to see how they like potential paint colors, or they will paint several different colors on the wall and compare them to each other. We recommend getting a large poster board and purchasing a sample pot of your favorite paint color or colors. If you are having a difficult time choosing a color, pick your top three choices and buy sample pots of paint of all of them. Paint the large poster boards and hang them up on a wall in your living room or kitchen, where you can see the poster boards throughout the day. Notice how the paint colors look in different lighting conditions.

Sometimes people choose a color and love it during the daytime, but do not like how it looks at night time when different undertones are more prominent. Hanging up the poster boards is a cost-effective way to make sure you enjoy a color under all lighting conditions before deciding to go forward with painting one or more rooms in your home in that color. In other cases, our clients generally know what type of paint color they want, but they do not like the color we test on our walls. Remember, there are usually multiple variations of the same color, so you can find a color that is close to the one you like and test that color using the posterboard method.

Contact Bullard Exterior Today

At Bullard Exteriors, our professional painters have experience with interior and exterior painting. We are ready to help you paint the interior of your home and freshen it up for your enjoyment. We paint interiors in Alpharetta, Lawrenceville, Johns Creek, Buford, and Braselton. Contact us today to schedule an estimate and learn how we can help you.