Choosing the right paint color can be a daunting task. There are so many factors to consider; the light, complementing the floors, furniture, art, appliances and surrounding rooms, the trim and ceiling are something to consider as well.
After our renovation was completed I couldn't make any more decisions. We wanted to keep the interior paint simple and start with a bright, modern white to complement our light oak floors. Who knew there would be an unlimited amount of whites to choose from? I was completely overwhelmed. I picked up a ton of Benjamin Moore color chips and paint samples from Laysville Hardware and ultimately asked the expert. John suggested Benjamin Moore's Decorator's White OC-149 based on what I was looking for. I also loved Chantilly Lace OC-65 so we used this for our trim and our kitchen cabinets. The hint of grey in the Decorator's White offset the Chantilly Lace trim for a crisp contrast that we all love. Now that the project is finished and all our decisions are behind us, Moxi (our Fox Red Lab) loves that we have plenty of time to play with her.
Benjamin Moore put together these helpful steps to make the process of selecting the right paint color for your home a little easier.
How to Choose Interior Paint Colors
While there is no one-size-fits-all reply to "what’s the best interior paint color," some thoughtful research goes a long way. Go into this exercise with an open mind and a commitment to exploring your creative side as you search for your perfect paint color.
Step #1: Analyze the Room for Interior Paint Ideas
Hardwood floors, countertops, a fireplace surround, area rugs, and of course furniture...the colors in these items will help determine which paint color families will work best in your room, and help narrow your options.
Additionally, the right paint color for any room should reflect the mood you want to create in the room as well as complement its architecture and style.
Paint truly transforms your space–see some of our favorite colors for living room and bedroom if you are selecting color for either of these important spaces in your home.
Step #2: Explore the Best Interior Paint Colors–for You
If you want to cut to the chase, check out our tried and true most popular paint colors, where we highlight homeowner favorite colors including Chantilly Lace OC-65, Revere Pewter HC-172, Hale Navy HC-154 and many more.
For a more deliberate approach, use magazines, online tools like Pinterest and our Inspiration section to find colors and color combinations that inspire you. Is your eye drawn to darker hues, fresh pastels or bold primary colors? Explore how paint and color work together in the Color Handbook and tap into our online color tools.
Heike (Hi+ka) Coffee
I love a good Hardware Store and any chance to create something different. Laysville Hardware (my brother-in-law John's store) is the key to all my home improvement & DIY projects.