How To Choose The Perfect Wall Color

Written by: Penny Siml on Friday, December 22, 2017

The idea of picking out wall colors is exciting for every homeowner. As you head into the hardware or paint store to choose the perfect swatches and color patterns, the excitement and anticipation just continue to build. Then, it all comes screeching to a halt as you’re standing in front of a giant wall full of color sample cards, magazines with color schemes, and display cans boasting of their benefits.

With so many choices, how do you make the right decision? You probably don’t want to be repainting every year so this is not a decision to make lightly. The color of your walls should not only look great, but also help to influence your comfort level in the room and showcase some of your personality.

Once you get the keys to your new custom home you want it to be finished to the last detail. That includes the paint on the walls so delaying the decision isn’t an option. But, don’t worry. The custom home builders at Carrington Homes have some tips that will make the paint picking process easier and less stressful.

Tip #1: Use what you already own as inspiration.

Trying to come up with a color scheme out of the blue can be overwhelming. Instead of trying to find the right color at the store, start at home. Look around at your favorite decor, rugs, fixtures, and the natural world around you. These items are a great source for inspiration. You most likely already love the colors, so why not use them as a starting point for your walls?

Tip #2: Find a color card you love and stick to it.

Now, we aren’t suggesting you use the same 3 to 5 colors for every single room in your home, but we are suggesting you use the provided shade variations. One of the biggest challenges homeowners face when deciding on paint color is how to transition from one color in a room to another color in the adjacent room. The easiest solution is to use colors on the same card. Typically, these colors are in the same family, they’re just separated by a few shades, which means they’re great for transitioning from room to room.

Tip #3: Use accent colors to liven up a room.

Accent walls can be tricky. If the color is too different from the main color of the room, then you’ll just end up with a sharp contrast that’s not necessarily so easy on the eyes. The best way to do an accent wall is to keep it small. Instead of the largest wall in your living room, consider spaces like the breakfast nook off the kitchen, the wall behind your headboard in the master suite, or even the wall with the bay windows in your upstairs closet. Feature walls need more than just a different paint color, they need decor that helps integrate the wall into the rest of the room.

Tip #4: Incorporate various natural tones.

When you hear “natural tones” you might immediately jump to beige, but the truth is natural tones incorporate a huge, diverse color palette. Everything from beige and gray to brown and green can be considered natural. Play with these colors a little bit beforehand, but mixing different natural tones into one room can really make it feel clean and refreshing. Use multiple tones of beige to great depth. Mix in green and brown to deepen the natural aesthetics.

Are you looking for even more tips for your custom home building project? We have the perfect resource! Our “Tips For Building Your Custom Home” e-book is full of advice on starting the process, hiring a builder, and even choosing the right lot for your project.


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Carrington Homes is your distinctive Indianapolis Custom Home Builder specializing in custom homes and remodeling throughout Central Indiana

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