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March 30, 2006

More Tips on Choosing Paint Colors!

These tips from's lead design consultant Davis Remignanti guide the timid toward color boldness and keep the bold from heading too close to brash.

“Start with the walls,” Davis advises.  “Unless you live in an apartment and can’t paint, avoid white walls.”

Incorporating color into your home doesn’t have to be intimidating - if you put it into perspective.

“Reflect on your own fashion tastes when choosing colors for your home. Many people know what colors look good on them. Those same colors can be incorporated into your personal space, because they are familiar, flattering and comforting.”

First Things First: Identify any major room features that you can’t (or don’t want to) change - the color of woodwork, the brick in the hearth - then decorate with and around them.

Work Your Way Up: If starting with an empty room, select a rug or floor covering first. You’re more likely to match walls and furniture to the rug than vice versa. The colors in your rug will provide good choices for wall and accent colors.

Create Your Color Palette: Good room design should incorporate a palette of at least five colors: two main colors, one supporting color and two accent colors. For hints on combining colors, see

Create a Flow: For rooms connected by an open archway or large doorway, choose harmonious color palettes. You’ll create a color link between the two spaces and avoid a jarring transition from one room to the next.

Use Patterns Sparingly: For beginners, it’s better to use only a single pattern per room. If the rug carries a pattern, avoid “competition” by keeping window treatments, upholstery and accents simple.

Don’t Over-Indulge: Too much of the same color in a room can be a mistake. Even if it’s your favorite color, maintain a good balance of main colors and accent colors around your room.

Light It Up: Generate an elegant room-wide glow by using gold or peach hued light bulbs in table lamps. Bright enough for daily tasks, they can add a beautiful warm tone to a room.

Embrace Change: Be brave with your accent colors, because they can be changed easily. Candles can be burned, picture frames re-painted, pillows recovered. Go with your instincts, but don’t be discouraged if you’re not happy with your choice – it’s all part of the process of getting comfortable with color.

“Whatever the decorating challenge, it’s important to remember, no rules are written in stone. Still not confident about making color choices? Many manufacturers now offer paint samples and fabric swatches – take advantage and test your color combining skills on a small scale first.”

“In the end,” Davis advises, “take your time and enjoy the experience. Your color confidence will grow with each project. And before long, you’ll have created a stylish, inviting home, and your friends will start asking you for color advice!”

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Comment on This Article Here! More Tips on Choosing Paint Colors!:

Hi i am going to re - paint my house and would like to have more tips about choosing paint colors. Also i would like to paint a wall in a room with a different colour but would like to know more about it as i do not know which wall in the room I should choose also what effect it will make in the room eg if it will make the room look bigger or wider etc. Appreciate any information you can give me.

Vicky Marie

Posted by: Victoria Marie Camenzuli | Apr 4, 2006 4:52:29 AM

Hi Vicky-

Did you see our feature on choosing paint colors? It should give you some ideas on how certain colors will affect the visual size of a space.

It's at

There are links to several paint companies that have free online programs that let you choose colors for a room and "paint" it online. Benjamin Moore's sample is available for purchase in a version that wil let you choose from their paint colors and upload images of your own home. (You could do the same thing if you have Photoshop.)

Also, scroll down to the images and tips toward the end of the article. You'll see several images of the same room with different parts painted. It really gives a good idea of how applying paint to specific parts of a room can adjust the way the size feels.

Also try searching "paint colors" in the search bar at the top of the "Behind the Curtains" blog. Make sure to select "Behind the Curtains" beneath the search field, and you'll find other artciles we've written on the subject.There are also a lot of questions and answers about paint in our Ask the Experts section, which will soon be keyword searchable!

I hope this helps! Good luck.

Posted by: caroline Kooshoian | Apr 4, 2006 10:40:40 AM

I think most of us can share your fear of color commitment! Caroline Kooshoian recently wrote an article onthe impact of color on your walls. She has some great illustrations on how room "depth" changes with colors and intensity.

I just recently painted my kitchen -- which opens into several rooms. So the commitment to color and money was a big one. We painted one wall in the kitchen, and lived with it for a few weeks. I hated it. I finally decided to go deeper. But how much deeper? Again we experimented -- but now it was too bright. The third color was the charm: a deep golden glow now runs through the kitchen and great room soaring two stories high. I'm thinking a cappuccino tone for the hallway.

The key was experimenting and being okay with changing our minds.

Posted by: Diane Burley | Apr 4, 2006 1:08:22 PM

All your tips are very nice.We have to look the matching colors,cool or warm,Paint Finishing and etc...

Posted by: contaminated soil | Dec 10, 2008 2:13:09 AM

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