By Susan Marocco, Principal, Susan Marocco Interiors
Deciding to paint a room or your whole house causes most people to freeze with anxiety. “Other than Linen White, what are the safe colors?”, they say to themselves.
Fear of making a mistake and then hating the color is what drives the anxiety. Overwhelmed with the myriad of choices, the project can easily stall and get delayed or not done at all. Featured this month are 5 tips to guide you when choosing paint colors.
Paint color anxiety can stop your design plans from progressing. Fear of choosing the wrong color can turn your design dreams into a frustrating and agonizing project. These five tips should help you overcome the overwhelm and move forward with ease in choosing your colors.
1. Warm Colors
Think the colors of the sun- red, orange and yellow. When using a warm color on the wall, the wall will appear to advance, making a room feel smaller and more intimate. Avoid using warm colors in a room that is already warm – viewing a warm color can actually make you feel warmer.
2. Cool Colors
Think soothing shades of the water – blues, green and purple. When using a cool color on a wall, the wall will appear to recede, making a room feel larger and more airy. Cool colors are great in a room that is filled with sunlight, since viewing a cool color can actually make you feel cooler.
3. Connecting Colors
Colors from the tans, beiges, whites and gray family. These colors work to connect rooms as well as create a background for more vibrant color combinations in your upholstery and furnishings.
4. First Impressions
If you don’t like the color of the paint when you open the paint can – you can almost guarantee you won’t like it on the walls. Paint colors tend to dry darker than they appear in the can.
Paint a Board – Before you put that paint color on your walls, paint a poster board with the color you are considering. Put it in various places in the room. Then view them with natural daylight, with lighting, in the evening. Then live with it a bit. Color will look different in each room depending on the degree of light.
Now that you have some color ideas for your walls of your home, don’t forget about fabrics for your windows. You are going to want to make sure that your window treatments work hand in hand with your new color palette.
And, don’t forget that you can always call me at or e-mail me for an expert opinion – I’d be happy to help!
PS. These color samples are from Benjamin Moore and you can view them online.