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Choosing Interior Paint Colors for Your Home

Sonal Panse Feb 13, 2020
Your choice of color talks volumes about the type of individual you are and speaks a cannon about the space you inhabit. Reflect your true colors through hues that not just you, but your walls too would love to wear.
You can transform the entire appearance of your home with the right interior paint colors. The right color not only sets the mood for the room but also gives it some personality. The key is in knowing which interior paint colors are right for your home and how well they blend with the other elements of the room. Instead of choosing safe and conventional interior paint colors, why not take the time to research new possibilities and choose the right color combinations.

Steps to Decide the Right Paint Color

First of all, you need to decide the budget for painting your house. After you settle down with a ballpark figure in your mind, make some more things clear for yourself. What is the end effect you would desire? Do you want some color eccentricities or do you wish to stick to the conventional colors? Once you decide this, go to the next step.
Explore a few basics about the paints and colors. There are many paint brands and types available. Choose any brand that fits your budget. You will also have to decide the type of finish. You have matte, satin, glossy, semi-glossy and eggshell finishes to choose from.

Finalizing the color scheme is the most important step that will decide the complete look of your decor. This needs to be done very carefully.

Commonly Used Color Combinations

Analogous Color Scheme:
  • This scheme is made up of colors lying next to each other on the color wheel.
  • Monochromatic Color Scheme: Here you use the same color together with its tints and shades.
  • Complementary Color Scheme: This scheme is made of colors lying directly opposite to each other on the color wheel. When these opposite colors are used side-by-side, they make each other look brighter.

Things to Consider

  • The room to be painted and its correlation with the rest of the house.
  • The existing color schemes in the house.
  • The total area of the room.
  • The natural lighting in that room.
  • The contrived lighting in that room.
  • The existing elements in the room - for instance, whether the room has stone or brick finishing.
  • The existing furniture in the room.
  • The furniture to be installed in that room.
  • The existing fabric, furnishings, and carpets in the room.
  • The fabric furnishings and carpets that you plan to incorporate in the room.

Ideas to Spice Up Your Home's Decor

Green Colored Interiors

Green is a relaxing and soothing color. Lighter shades of green are often used for smaller rooms as this color makes them look larger. Some shades of green, like lime green, bring freshness to a dull room.

Orange Colored Interiors

Orange is a bold color and often affiliated with the feeling of euphoria and rejuvenation. Orange is many a times used to paint a room where family members regularly convene; generally the living room. This is mainly because orange is thought to be a social color. Shades of orange like peach, sunrise orange, starfish orange, papaya orange, soap orange are quite popular.

Blue Colored Interiors

This color is popular for its tranquility. Turquoise, cobalt, sapphire, powder blue, baby blue, aqua blue, etc. are some of the favorite variants of blue. These colors are mostly opted for painting the bedrooms and sitting rooms because of its calming nature.

Red Colored Interiors

This dynamic color gives a warm appearance to the interior. Red is often considered a stimulating color and hence is one the most preferred colors used in painting the interiors.

Violet Colored Interiors

Violet has always been thought of as a color of luxury and wealth since the ancient times. Lavender color, a shade of violet, when given to a room not only gives a luxurious feeling but also that of comfort.

Yellow Colored Interiors

Yellow color is usually associated with sunshine and positivity. Naturally, this 'bright' color is for coloring their house interiors, especially the kitchen and kid's room. Moreover, other shades of yellow like amber, gold, ochre are also extensively used for home interior painting.

Various Options While Deciding the Paint Color for Entire House

  • Use just one color consistently throughout.
  • Use different colors for different rooms.
  • Use correlated colors for different rooms.
  • Use different colors for different sections of the room.
  • Use different colors to provide accents to windows, shutters, doors, crown molds, chair rails, columns, etc.
  • Use different shades of the same color to adorn parts of the room.
  • Make a motley; experiment with shades of the same color for windows, shutters, doors, wall trimmings, moldings, columns, balustrades, etc.

Things to do While Choosing Your Paint Color

Check the colors at various times in natural light and under artificial light. Colors look very different under different light arrangements, and what seems attractive during the daytime may not seem as pleasant when the sun sets! Similarly, you cannot necessarily expect a color to prove its credibility during daytime, if it exudes panache when the stars are out!
Paint a 2 feet by 2 feet area to check how the color looks, and imagine it painted on the entire wall. An important point to note here is that when the paint dries up, it becomes at least two shades darker, so keep in mind to observe the color when the paint has dried completely.
Keep continuity. Choose a maximum of four base colors and two patterns. Keep alternating them as your primary and secondary colors, else you'll end up with an interior that is very stimulating visually.
One more important aspect to be kept in mind is that when you stand in one room, keep the door of the other room open, see how much of the adjacent room is visible from this room, and plan accordingly. You should keep at least one or two colors that all your rooms will share.
Paint the house in a neutral shade, if you enjoy changing the color scheme of your house often. Whenever you are in the mood for redecoration, simply do up your interior with the incorporation of colors by using pillow covers, sofa covers, curtains, or rugs in electric blue or bright red. When your mood strikes again, just mix and match the accessories.
Use colors to create a sense of illusion. Using warm to dark colors on the walls and ceilings can make them appear pulled together, while light, neutral shades can create an illusion of the walls being pushed away. Similarly, painting the ceiling darker than walls can make them appear lower and vice versa.
Use light colors to highlight projecting wall portions and dark colors to highlight trim details and wall recesses of a room. Match the skirting color to that of the floor to give a larger feel to the area.

What You Should Know More about Interior Color Paints

  • Dark colors require more maintenance than light colors.
  • Dark colors fade sooner than light colors.
  • Dark colors absorb more heat than light colors.
  • Actual colors are slightly different from what you see in color swathes or online color samples.
  • The total effect of the color depends on the extent of the area to be painted. A color scheme that looks great in a large spacious room, for instance, may not necessarily exude the same feel in a smaller, less spacious room.

What You Can Opt For

Water-based Paint

Water-based paints are a good option if you are thinking of painting the walls and ceiling. They are also called 'Latex or Acrylic Paints'. These paints can be diluted with water and are fast-drying. The advantage of using these paints are that depending on the dilution, they can be made to act like a 'watercolor' or an 'oil paint'. They work best on previously painted surfaces, but they should not be directly used on high-gloss paints, bare steel, and wallpaper.

Oil-based Paint

Oil-based paints are used if you need to paint the cabinets and furniture. They not only provide a protective coating but also create a smoother finish as compared to the water-based paints.
Oil paints are diluted with solvents, such as turpentine or varnish to increase the glossiness of the resultant oil film. They are slow-drying but are quite durable as compared to water-based paints. Also, these paints provide glossy, luminous colors.

Flat/Matte Paint

Flat/Matte paints are the most commonly used ones. They are the weakest type in terms of tolerance and suffer damage easily.

Satin Paint

Satin gives a silky/pearly finish and is easier to clean. It creates a moisture barrier and therefore can be used for kitchens and bathrooms.

Gloss Paint

Gloss, which is durable and requires little maintenance, is used mostly in kitchens, bathrooms, and other rooms that are frequently used.

Semi-gloss Paint

Semi-gloss is sleek and hard-wearing that can be used for doors, windows, wall trimmings, balustrades, etc.

Eggshell Paint

The best description of eggshell paint could be not too glossy yet not too matte; just subtle sheen. Eggshell has the potential to lend an element of vastness to your spaces.

Bring Creativity to the Fore

Ditch the color palette! Look around to get more creative ideas like the ones illustrated below.

Shades in Animal Fur

Shades in Peacock Feather

Fabric Designs



Floral Arrangements - 1

Floral Arrangements - 2

Nature Theme - 1

Nature Theme - 2

Paintings Theme - 1

Paintings Theme - 2

Stones and Rocks Theme - 1

Stones and Rocks Theme - 2

Just about anything that catches your eye can be grist for the mill. Collect samples of different colors, patterns, and textures. Try to put together different or unusual combinations that you wouldn't normally go for, and see how they mix and match.
So, add these tips to your knowledge bank, dunk the paintbrush into the color palette, and see your space deliver more than what you expect!