How to Select the Best Paint Color for Your Room

Painting a room can be exciting. You can pick any color you want, in any shade you want. However, that freedom can also be overwhelming. This is especially true if you’ve never had to select colors for interior paints before.

When most people decide they’re going to repaint rooms in their home, they realize they need to answer some questions they may not have seriously considered before. How do I select the best color for a room? Does this color scheme need to complement the other rooms in my house? Are there any colors I should avoid at all costs?

These can all seem like intimidating questions, but the reality is that painting your house doesn’t have to mean coping with an onslaught of choices. In fact, the biggest rule to follow in interior decoration is simple—make sure your paint chosen from a color palette matches your furniture.


Why Should My Paint Coordinate With My Furniture?

Right now, you may be asking yourself, “Why should I try to locate a paint store near me that has paint which matches my furniture? Do the colors of my walls really have to coordinate with the colors of my furniture?”

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To be fair, the answer is “No.” The interior design police are not going to arrest you if your furniture clashes with the color of the room. However, if the paint on your living room walls doesn’t match the furniture, you’ll be able to tell.

In a room that is tied together, the furniture feels as though it belongs in the room. A large part of that sense of belonging is because the colors of the furniture and walls complement each other. If the furniture and wall colors for a living room don’t match, the room will feel less like a stylish, put-together home and more like a frat house whose members salvaged any furniture they could find. This is a look that works for some people, but if you’ve invested the money in a home, you usually want the rooms to look nice.

How to Match Paint to Your Furniture

When trying to figure out what color paint will complement your furniture, the best place to start is with the most dominant piece of a furniture set. The sofa in your living room is a good example of this. So is the bed in your bedroom.

Once you’ve located the dominant piece, look at its colors. If the furniture is a solid color, you can use it as a starting point. Start with the color family of the furniture, floor, or an area rug, and select living room paint colors within that family—just make sure you don’t use the exact same color throughout, which can give your room a monochromatic sameness.

If you’re not sure what a color family is, don’t fret. It’s just another name for groups of similar colors, such as blacks, reds or blues. Benjamin Moore has a fantastic color family selection on its website, but you should pick up paper copy at a paint supply store near you, as colors can look vastly different online than in person.

Of course, your furniture might not be a solid color. If that’s the case, look for the dominant color and select a color that contrasts it. You can also take a color that is sparsely used on your furniture and select a color from that color family.

With both solid color and pattern furniture, remember that your main goal is to tie the color of your furniture to the color of the walls without being too obvious. If you don’t have an encyclopedic knowledge of paint colors in your mind, you can visit the nearest paint supply store near you and rent a color fan deck, along with all the paint samples you need. Many people bring in a pillow from a couch or the comforter from their bed into the store and choose their colors that way.

How to Determine the Color of Paint You Need

Once you have a good selection of potential colors, hone your selection by taking a step back and looking at the room itself. How big is it? How well is it lit?

Most designers stick to the time-tested rule about using light colors to decorate small rooms and dark colors to decorate larger ones. That’s a good rule to follow, although, if you’re feeling gutsy, you might want to give one side of the room an accent wall where you can use contrasting accent colors to make the room unique.

While you’re looking at the room, don’t forget to consider the floor as well. It’s the biggest surface in a room after the walls and it probably has colors of its own to take into account.

Another important aspect to consider is the room’s purpose. Cozy, comfortable rooms like studies or living rooms work best with deeper colors, while more open areas like playrooms might be more suited to stronger colors. This is a good rule to follow when choosing a bold color that stands out.

Finally, consider how these colors make you feel. Colors such as reds and yellows stimulate people, for instance, while shades of blue, a cool color, can evoke calmness and freshness. You can study further the emotional effects of each paint color, but you can also consider how a color makes you feel intuitively.

If you’re having trouble deciding which colors work best with the furniture and the room, take a look at the neutral color family. They may not be as striking as other color families, but they go well with several different colors. They can fade into the background while allowing the colors of your furniture and/or focal point (such as an area rug or coffee table) to stand out, quietly bringing the whole room together in the process.

You might be thinking that once you’ve selected a color from the color family your task is over. The only step left is to Google “where to buy Benjamin Moore paint near me” and get a few cans of paint from your neighborhood paint supply store.

Admittedly, a lot of people do this and are at least satisfied with the results. However, a lot of people also start painting and realize the shade they chose just isn’t going to work. If you really want to find the best paint ideas and the paint you need, you’ll have to consider two more steps.

First, find a paint store near you and get some paint samples. Make sure these samples can cover a large enough area to give you a sense of how the color will look. If you want to actually apply the paint to the wall, you may—but a better solution is to paint a piece of cardstock the size of a cereal box and put it on the wall.

Once you have your samples, see how they look at different times of day. You’ll discover that most colors look very different depending on the sun’s position and the amount of natural light coming in versus the artificial light in the room. Make sure the colors work for you regardless of whether it’s morning, afternoon, or night.

You’ll also want to choose the right finish. How paint ultimately looks once it dries does vary depending on the brand you use, but you should know the different types of finishes most major brands offer.

  • Flat finish is a very popular finish for interior walls. Flat finishes are most often used by contractors, as they are not reflective and won’t show off any imperfections that may be on the wall. Flat finishes, however, are not washable so they are not the best choice for any room that has a lot of traffic.
  • A matte finish is considered the standard finish for interior walls. It has the least reflective sheen and a smooth texture. Matte finishes are especially popular because they are very good at hiding imperfections on walls.
  • An eggshell finish, on the other hand, is more reflective than a matte finish, not to mention more durable. It’s also easier to clean, which makes this a great finish if you’re painting a kitchen or bathroom. Paint with a satin finish is similar to eggshell, but a little glossier.
  • The final types of finishes are semi-gloss and gloss. These paints are not only the most durable but also the most reflective. Designers usually select a semi-gloss finish for areas of a room that can get a lot of wear and tear, such as doors, baseboards, and moldings. A glossy finish allows brightly colored paint to still look fresh after a while.

No matter what color or style you decide to paint your home, you can always count on Brinkmann’s Hardware, your local Long Island paint supply store, to assist you. We’ll be able to help you figure out which shade of Benjamin Moore paint is right based on the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, or living room color you need. If you’ve been Googling “Benjamin Moore paint near me,” then come pay our expert team a visit today!



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