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Home Guide: Tricks for Picking the Perfect Color Palette


Even when this pandemic gave us so much negativity in life, there are still some of us who managed to do something productive on a daily basis. People's creativity has risen so much for the past year. Many of us came up with ideas and innovations while we are at home.


This pandemic is a time for innovations. Reorganizing a lifestyle, renovating homes, landscaping gardens, and whatnot.


Are you planning to renovate your home or have you already started renovating your home? We all knew how hard it is to choose the right palette that will look good in every corner of your home. In this blog, you will learn some quick tips to give that old room a breath of fresh air.


Which paint to choose?

The first thing that we need to consider is the kind of paint that we will be using. Paint comes in different variety of sheens. Most often, latex paint is being used for interior designing because it is easy to clean up and it has long-lasting durability. Latex paints fade less than oil and it breathes better. While most people recommend using latex paints for your walls, oil paints are great for priming real wood moldings. Oil paints tend to seal stains and knots from the wood better than latex paint wood.


Which sheen to choose?

The sheen is the glossiness of a paint finish. The glossier the paint, the easier it is to clean. The variety of sheen still has to be put into consideration depending on the room that we will be painting. If we are going to paint on high traffic rooms such as a playroom or kitchen, we should opt for a high gloss sheen so we can wipe all the dirt down easily. High gloss paints are also great for trim and will give it a nice finished look.


Semi-gloss is slightly cheaper than the gloss finish and it has become a common alternative for high-gloss sheens. Semi-gloss is a good option for painting your kitchens and baths as well as trims because it has easy washing capabilities. It may not be as shiny as the high-gloss paints, but the result is somehow similar.


For walls with lots of imperfections, you may opt to choose flat or matte paints. You can usually get away with one coat of paint with a flat. However, the disadvantage of this paint is that it does not stand up so much and it is not good for cleaning.


Create a Color Scheme That Matches Your Furniture

When renovating, it is always cheaper to buy paints than buying new furniture. This is why you should opt to create color schemes that match your furniture.


You may start by selecting three colors that will match an existing object in your home. It may be a pillow from a family room sofa, your favorite scarf, or even a painting -- anything, as long as it promotes comfort or has an emotional connection for you. Next is to choose one of the three paint colors to color your walls and save those remaining two colors which will be used around the room in fabric or even furnishing.


Create an Appealing Visual

This is the time where you need to consider the variety of sheen that you will be using. Once you have the colors on hand, consider the kind of finish that you will be using. It may be a matte, semi-gloss, or high-gloss finish.


Match the Color to the Feeling You Want for the Room

Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, co-founder and editor of the blog apartmenttherapy.com suggests, painting social rooms (dining rooms, kitchens, family and living ­areas) warm colors like daffodil-yellow, coral, or cranberry, and give private rooms (home offices, powder rooms, bedrooms) cooler hues like sage-green, violet, or sky-blue.


According to some research and experts, red will increase your appetite while blues and greens are calming. Another research also shows that the use of yellow can stimulate your brain. So, you might want to consider the color yellow when painting rooms where you do your kids' homework or even offices.


Know Your Whites

The color white is most favored by designers who are looking to showcase the artwork or furnishings of a room. It is also being used on ceilings to create a neutral field overhead. Behr’s Mary Rice says: “Use warmer whites in rooms without a lot of natural light, or to make larger spaces seem cozier.” Cool whites, by contrast, can help open up a space. Test several at once to see which one works best with the other colors at play in the room.

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