Decorating a home can be daunting. Whether you’ve just purchased your first house or downsized after your kids left for college, or perhaps you’re finally ready to turn your home into the “grownup” domicile you’ve always wanted, the overwhelming number of paint and style options available offer endless possibilities.
Most people start at the paint store when beginning the decorating process – not a good move. Why? Because there are thousands of colors! Attempting to pick gray paint? Do you want a cool gray or a warm gray? And what about the undertone? Do you want a blue undertone – or yellow or green? Colors that look lovely on a paint chip can look terrible on the wall, and vice versa. Keep in mind the human eye can see 30 shades of gray, according to the latest scientific research. Often depending on lighting conditions and the background against which they’re viewed, grays will vary.
Choosing paint can be paralyzing because in any room, there’s so much more going on than just the color of the walls. Paint only provides the background of a room. Furthermore, it’s much more difficult to match fabrics, rugs, and art to paint colors than the other way around.
Take the first cue from the architecture of your home. If you love the house you’re in, don’t fight it. What style is it? It’s not that you can’t take some artistic license, but you’ll go in a completely different decorating direction for a ranch as opposed to a colonial style, or a traditional as compared to a midcentury home.
Pick a starting point. For example, it may be a rug, a painting, or a fabric you’ve fallen in love with. Pieces such as these will not only surround you, they’ll inspire you. They’ll help you create a home more fitting and comfortable that also reflects the character of you and your family.
The best room to start with is generally the living or family room. The living room is usually near the front door, adjacent to the dining room, and sets the tone for the house. Family rooms are usually off of or open to the kitchen. Both give ample opportunities for choosing colors, patterns, and furnishings that can serve as a launching pad for variation in other rooms.
This paint advice only scratches the surface of decorating an entire house, but it gets you thinking about your style, artwork, and color preferences. Put in the work and planning beforehand and hire a professional to assist you; it could save you money in the long run. And lastly – don’t stress. After all, it’s only paint! W