What to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Paint Color for your Personal Home or Your Vacation Home

What to Ask Yourself when Choosing a Paint Color for your Personal Home or Your Vacation Home…

Cohesive Flow

You can begin by selecting your ideal hue for the largest and most centrally located space and then coordinate additional colors from there. Using the same transitional color can create a cohesive flow throughout the rooms. This can be achieved by selecting the same color for the connecting spaces like hallways and entries. If you can see into connecting space select a color that complements the color of the room. Selecting paint colors should create a cohesive flow so that your home does not feel disjointed.


Do Something Different with your Ceilings


Ceilings don’t ever need to be white. In fact, it is distracting if ceilings are white if there is no other white in the room. If you would like to add a splash of color on the ceiling, select a color that can be found in the room’s accessories.

If you have a colored wall and you paint the ceiling a bright white, your eye will be drawn to the strong contrast between the two. You become very aware of where the walls end and the ceiling begins, thus the perceived ceiling height drops.

And do be afraid to add some interest to some rooms like using a wallpaper on the ceiling to add a dramatic detail of interest.  


What to do with your Trim

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

If you want to deemphasize the trim within the space, paint it the same color as the wall color so that it disappears. To highlight your trim, paint it in a contrasting color to the wall, either lighter or darker.


Choosing the Finish

Source:  Studio McGee

Source: Studio McGee

When choosing a finish, pay attention to the function of the space. Use a satin or semi-gloss sheens in an area with high traffic, such as on a kitchen cabinet or bathroom cabinets, kitchens, bathrooms, and playrooms. You may also want to consider a paint that has a mold and mildew-resistant finish for the bathrooms. If you are using a flat finish on the walls because you don’t like that sheen, be sure to use a semi-gloss on your mouldings.

Always consider natural light when picking your paint colors, test your paint colors on the walls first, and you should not pick your paint colors until the very last thing you do in your design/decor process. If you need help don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Source: Sherwin-Williams

Source: Sherwin-Williams

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Dina Marie Joy is a Vacation Home Design Expert.