Choosing interior paint colors

Posted by James Happnie on Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Choosing interior paint colors

   The importance of color is often overlooked. It's a well known fact that color affects your mood. The colors you choose also say a lot about you. Have you ever walked into someones home and wondered who picked these awful colors? Most important, colors enhance the beauty of your home! So how do you choose colors for your home? Your colors should come from within your home. What I mean is look at the permanent things in your home such as furniture, carpeting, flooring, tile and cabinets. Artwork, decor and even the clothes you wear will also influence your choices. How many times have you been told that you look nice in a color or certain top? That color would likely look good in your home. Maybe on an accent wall. Find a theme color and use colors from the same page of a fan deck to create flow. Certain color can make small rooms look bigger or big rooms smaller. Be aware of your lighting. A darker color in a room that's not well lit can be gloomy at night. Most manufacturers have sample size paint. This is a great way to see what the color will really look like in your home. Let's face it, those tiny samples on the fan deck don't quite get the job done.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Many of my  clients over the years have done small samples not much bigger than a brush full. I recommend that your samples be a couple of square feet or more. Put them in various places and look at them in different light over a day or two.


Check out this link for more information and a great video by Sherwin Williams




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Jim Happnie Born in 1964 and graduated from Quincy High School in 1982. I started painting in the summer before my senior year. After working in the painters union and a partnership in Happnie Painting I opened Happnie Homes in 2004. We provide painting and other home improvement services to the south shore, greater Boston and beyond.


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