You just bought a house and you’re moving in, but you want to put your own stamp on your new home. Just after you’ve moved into a new place is an excellent time to invest in a new color scheme that fits with you and your family. Many homeowners find the process of choosing a new color scheme overwhelming and often stick with the colors they moved into.
You don’t have to keep the color scheme of your new home. After all, it’s your house now. Here are some ways to choose new colors for your home without being crushed by the weight of indecision.
Consider Everyone Living in your Home
What I’m getting at is children. Kids usually want to decorate their rooms any way they want, whether it matches the style of the rest of the house or not, and that’s okay. Also, when deciding on interior paint, consider matte enamel, satin, or semi-gloss paint if you have young kids. These paint types are resistant to marks and tend to hold up better than other paint finishes.
For the most part, the adults will be choosing the colors of the common areas and the exterior. Ask yourself if you want to emulate the last place you lived in or if you want to shake things up.
Match Open and Adjoining Rooms
Your children’s bedrooms and your master bathroom can be treated as their own separate units and can be different from the rest of the interior colors of your home. But you should treat hallways leading into living rooms or dining rooms, as the same room. Either complementary or matching colors will work well in these open and adjoining rooms. Since they’re common areas, it’s important that they fit in with the rest of your new home’s interior décor.
Choose Bold or Subdued
One way to narrow down color choices is to decide between bold or subdued colors. Whites, soft yellows, light blue, light green, and others fit well in any room because they don’t necessarily stand out, which could be what you’re going for in some rooms. Perhaps you don’t want people to feel uncomfortable in your dining room. I recommend making this decision for each room in the house. Perhaps you want a bold color in your study or office, but subdued colors everywhere else. Once you make this decision for each room, you can start choosing color schemes.
Sample and Test
When you have some choices narrowed down, head to the paint store and pick up some paint chips. These are small paint samples on pieces of card stock meant to show you the differences in hue of the same color. Now that you can start to imagine what each room would look like in various hues and colors, buy a few eight-ounce samples of your color finalists and some primer. Prime a small section of your wall, about five square feet, and paint it over with one of the colors you chose. This will give you the best possible preview of what your walls will look like
Remember, each room is unique, and unless they’re connected to another room, you can treat them as their own spaces with their own color schemes if you’re having trouble deciding on interior color options.