Painting Possibilities

by Jane VanOsdol on September 1, 2011

Choosing the just-right paint color for your new painting project can cause even the calmest person to have spasms of frustration. If your latest home improvement project has you pulling out your hair, consider the following suggestions to help you pick that perfect color.

Kitchens. If you’re drawn to bright, peppy colors, this is the room to use them in. Most of us straggle out to the kitchen every morning bleary-eyed and in need of a boost of energy. Painting your kitchen walls in a vibrant shade of yellow can help wake you up–even on the darkest and dreariest of mornings. One shade to try in your kitchen is Golden Honey, 297, by Benjamin Moore. It will bathe your room in a warm, golden glow.

Bathrooms. With the trend toward spa-like bathrooms, designers often opt for colors that are calming and tranquil. A cool shade of pale blue is a perfect choice for this room. Paint the ceiling and trim with a crisp white for a clean, fresh feeling. A color to try for the bathroom is Sherwin-Williams Sassy Blue, 1241. You can use brighter blue shades for accent.

Bedrooms. As in the bathroom, we want to create a haven of tranquility that will lull you into a restful night’s sleep. This is especially important in the master bedroom of the home. Busy parents need to have an adult space that allows them to unwind at the end of each day. One soothing color to try on your walls is Limoges Blue, 30BG56/045 by Glidden.

Dining room. The dining room is another room of the home that can take a bold color. It’s often the gathering spot for dinner parties and family parties. Why not have your painting contractor try a bold shade in the cranberry or red family? Give Benjamin Moore Moroccan Red, 1309, a try.

Family room. The family room is s casual space where the family can have some downtime to read, watch a movie or just chat. A nice warm shade is the ticket for this room. Try Soft Pumpkin, 2166-40, by Benjamin Moore.

As you’re trying out these shades, see if the manufacturer offers the small sample sizes of paint that you can purchase for about $2 or $3. Swipe the color on your wall and see what you think. It’s a cheap way to let you try out your colors without fully committing to a pricey full gallon of paint.

So the next time you’re frustrated with your painting color choice, opt for one of these shades. It just may be love at first sight, and you’ll be on your way to a colorful new space.

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