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The Right Color for a Room

By January 14, 2014October 9th, 20182 Comments
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Choose the right color for a room. Color is powerful, it speaks to every person differently.  Colors bring emotion to life. We all have our favorite colors and ones that we “absolutely will not go near.” So how do you choose a color to update a room?

People agonize over paint colors more than they do for big-ticket items that will be going in the same room. The funny thing is that the paint is the inexpensive part of the room that is easily changed.

When I work with clients either redecorating their spaces or getting their property ready to be sold, we always discuss colors in the room. Why? Because colors speak to people in so many ways, color is personal. Color can also transform a space by just changing the color of the walls, and if using paint fairly inexpensively.

Choosing color

When looking for a room color look at the color in the space it will be put in. Also, consider the rooms that connect to that space. When choosing colors you want the rooms to flow with one another, not feel disconnected. I recommend not using more than 4 colors through a level of a house, otherwise, it can feel overwhelming.

Also, consider the elements that you have within the space. The amount of light coming in from the windows, the furnishing in the space. Also, consider the fixed elements like flooring and the texture of the objects within that space. All of these complete a look of a room that will create an impression when you enter into the room.

Trending colors

Each year leaders in the paint and color industries create pallets that relate trends in our environment. The create palettes that inspire a feeling coordinated with the times. Think of the past, avocado, yellow and brown appliances- dated now but were the rage at the time. Today gray tomorrow warmer colors. Aside from picking the right color, you should also consider the finish of the paint once it is up on the wall.

Various finishes in paint help create the mood or feeling in the room along with the color. A matte finish will soften the feeling of the space and scatters the light verses reflecting it as a gloss finish will. A gloss finish will give you that sparkle and accentuates the details. So when choosing your colors for the room consider the finish also.

Of course, if you are still overwhelmed by the whole process of choosing colors for a room, give me a call for a color consult. By narrowing down your choices and heading you in a direction it will give you the confidence to choose the perfect color for your room.

Other good reads:

Choosing Colors for a New House

Can the Colors of Your House Affect Your Mood?


Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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