The number one question that I get asked as a designer is “will you help me pick out my paint colors?”
For some reason most people are afraid to choose paint colors for their home. They seem to think that they don’t know how to do it but in my experience I have found that to be false. Most people have a distinct idea of what they like but are uncomfortable making the choice, especially if they tend to appreciate bolder colors. I typically just reassure them about their choice. I rarely actually choose the color for them.
Which leads me to the topic of color psychology. I personally believe that people tend to gravitate toward particular colors or color families based upon their overall personality and place in life.
A few basic color psychology studies show (in general) that people who are fast paced and very active gravitate toward red and yellow color palettes while people who are very social and family oriented lean toward orange color palettes. Blues, greens and purples tend to appeal to people who are looking to create a serene and calming environment.
If you are having difficulty figuring out what appeals to you check out the Sherwin Williams color visualizer https://www.sherwin-williams.com/visualizer where you can even upload photos of the room you are planning to paint and try different palettes before you even hit the paint store. Very cool indeed!
And don’t forget – paint is a stylish and inexpensive way to also add some graphic impact to your home.
Check out these cool rooms where painting simple stripes really added to the overall impact of the room.