Whether you've just moved into a new home or your bedroom needs a dose of Feng Shui, switching the colors of your wall might be the easiest way to improve a room. Did you just cringe a little with memories of long Saturdays at the hardware store comparing hundreds and hundreds of paint chips just to return hours later for the paint itself? We know your struggle and are going to share a few tips and tricks to help your journey.
1. You Can Try Out a Color Before You Commit
Unlike a majority of interior fixtures, you can truly test out the colors before opening the can of paint. Look for companies like Magnolia Home Paint and Clare which offer peel and stick swatches. These are perfect since they are mess-free and easy to move around. Since colors can be perceived very differently depending on lighting conditions, you will want to test out a few spots. When testing colors, you should re-position them around different areas of the room and look at least a couple times per day.
If the paint company doesn't offer peel and stick swatches, consider picking up a white foam board and painting the color onto it. It is easy to move around the space and should absorb the color evenly.
2. It's the Cheapest Way to Make Your Room Look Larger
So you live in the city and your entire apartment is the size of your childhood bedroom....I get it. Instead of dropping tons of money on mirrors or art- an airy new paint color can help expand the size of your space. Pretty universally, lighter colors always work. Whether it is a light shade of beige, white or a neutral color. Don't avoid dark colors- in smaller spaces where you have more freedom, such as a powder room. Dark colors, like black, can be beautiful and dramatic.
3. Your Room Color Can Affect Your Mood
Colors act in three basic ways: active, passive and neutral. You can easily match every room's colors to your personal desires, to your taste and to the room's purpose. Light colors are expansive and airy- making rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colors are sophisticated and warm they give large rooms a more intimate appearance.
Red can raise a room's energy level. It is the most intense color and pumps the adrenaline like no other hue.
Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness. It is a great color for energizing a space.
Blues are said to bring down blood pressure and slow respiration and heart rate. They are considered calming, relaxing, and serene.
Green is considered the most restful color for the eye. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow.
Neutrals are basic to the designers tool kit. An all neutral color schemes offer flexibility and adding simple colors can liven things up or calm it down.
4. It's Changeable
If the color you brought home isn't everything you wanted and more- there's really good news: you can paint over it. Unlike a trendy wallpaper, which can be hard to remove, paint colors can be swapped out with little labor. More people who rent are afraid to paint, but this fear is somewhat misguided- since it's easy to change back.