ABOUT THE AUTHOR | Cristina Villalón is the Co-Founder and Lead Designer at Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón. She directs both the Interior Design and Visual Merchandising divisions while overseeing all decisions made on a day-to-day basis at the firm.
Choosing the right colors for your home can be challenging.
The colors of a room can determine the ambiance of a space. More importantly, color can also influence how we feel in a space. This is why selecting the right colors for your home is so important. Here are some guidelines to help you choose.
1. DIVIDE COLOR TONES & DECIDE WHAT MOOD YOU ARE TRYING TO EVOKE
One way to help you accelerate the process of choosing the best colors for your home is to divide colors into three categories: pales, neutrals, and deep tones and decide what category you want to focus on to achieve your desired result.
- Pales are light, airy combinations that lift you up. They’re considered tones such as light pinks, dusty lavenders, or washed-out blues.
- Neutrals are natural combinations that keep you grounded and evoke calming Zen spaces. The most basic neutrals are usually black, white, beige, brown, taupe and grey tones.
- Deeps are considered confident colors that create instant character and dynamic spaces. These are usually dark and rich purple, red, or blue tones.
We know there are endless color choices and choosing can be overwhelming. Deciding what mood you are trying to evoke will allow you to focus on the right category and narrow down your choices.
2. TAKE LIGHTING INTO CONSIDERATION
Lighting is the most important consideration when it comes to choosing colors. This is because sunlight and artificial lighting can change how a room’s wall color is perceived. Direct sunlight will brighten up any wall color while indirect sunlight makes the color look softer. Artificial lighting on the other hand, depending on its color temperature, can either add a warm glow to any wall color or give color a bluish tone.
For this reason, we recommend testing out the wall colors in the space they will be used with color samples before making a final selection. This way you can see how the wall color will actually look in the space depending on the room’s lighting.
3. SELECT THE RIGHT PAINT FINISH
Choosing the right type of paint finish for your wall can make a big difference. Adding a coat of shine to your wall will look best on clean, smooth surfaces and will add dimension to the room but if you are trying to hide wall imperfections, its best to go with a matte paint finish or any other paint without shine. We recommend always using matte finishes on ceilings.
According to Benjamin Moore, an eggshell finish is the perfect middle ground between a matte look and higher gloss durability, making it a go-to, all-purpose finish for high-traffic areas.
4. CHOOSE THE RIGHT WHITE
One of the things people struggle the most with is choosing the right white. When choosing between whites it’s important to consider the undertones and lighting. If you want your space to feel cozy and warm, consider a white with a slight yellow or grey undertone. A white with a bluish or greenish undertone will provide a cooler, stark feeling like that of a museum.
5. HIGHLIGHT ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES
If you have trims or moldings in your home, it’s always a good idea to highlight them using paint. The traditional choice is to paint them white or cream but if you’re going for a bolder look, consider painting your wall trim or molding with a dark color tone instead. Painting your wall trim with a dark color against a neutral or deep colored wall is a compelling way to showcase a room’s unique architecture details.
As you can see, colors have the power to transform any space. We hope these guidelines are helpful as you are making your selections.