How on earth are you supposed to pick a color for your walls when there are so many different color choices out there? I love color! Maybe I love color a little too much because I always want to change the colors on my walls and cabinets and this drives my family crazy. They just roll their eyes and think “here goes Mom again”. But, you know, color makes me happy and I think that’s how you pick the right paint for your home…the colors that make you happy and smile and colors that speak to your heart. The colors that I love the next person might hate and vice versa. When I’m choosing colors I don’t worry about what colors are in style at the moment I just pick what makes me happy. I think colors add excitement and personality to a home even if they are muted colors. For example my daughter has more of a muted color palate in her home and it is absolutely beautiful and fits her to a T. And I (the one who has color all in her home) love, love the Country French look which has more of the muted colors. Ha, thinking that look might be on my walls next. It is such a romantic look and I think I need some romance in my life (hint, hint to my husband) ha, ha.
Some of my favorite ways to choose color and different color combinations are magazines. Better Homes and Garden, (love Better Homes) Southern Living and Country Living are just some of my favorite at the moment. Of course, my house is never going to look like those pictures in the magazine because I can’t keep life from happening here and I don’t want to. There are so, so many colors out there and they all have such beautiful pictures and such great ideas. Pour over them and see which colors speak to you.
Decorating blogs are another great source to find different color schemes. My daughter told me about blogs just months ago and now I am addicted. Just Google, “decorating blogs”. When you go to one blog you can find your way to other blogs because a lot of them have links. Soon you can find one that fits your style and get great ideas.
Pinterest is one of the best sources out there. If you have not discovered this site yet, all I can say is Oh My Gosh…love, love it! You better have lots of time because you will not want to get off. Tons and Tons of ideas!
I am addicted to HGTV programs and I love to see how they decorate the different houses. I also love House Hunters just to see how they decorate the house they end up buying.
Go to the different paint stores and look at the color chips. I always gather way to many but they all look so different when you get them home and in a different light. Be sure to think about the room’s light that you are painting because certain paint will look totally different at the paint store than it does in your home.
We have lived in our house about eight years and my kitchen was tan when we moved in. I painted it blue. Loved, loved the blue but decided it was time for a change and painted it believe it or not a burnt orange next. It sounds ugly but it actually worked. Next, we pulled down the sheetrock and discovered the original wood… so, so cool! I would have left it the original colors but we moved a bookcase in the kitchen and so I had two different colors, one a blue, the other a greenish color. So, I decided to paint the kitchen yellow and left some of the green behind the stove for its history.
I now have green in my family room, yellow in my kitchen and blue throughout most of the rest of the house. It sounds crazy I know! I have used one color to pull it all together and to sort of unite the house. That color is red. I’m not even a huge fan of red but I love it in my house. Some color experts say look in your closet and see what colors you seem to favor in clothes and those are the ones that will most likely work for your house. I am sure that can apply to most people but not for me because I don’t think I have one red thing in my closet!
So the rule I follow in paint colors…There are No Rules, paint what makes you and your family happy and what makes your house a HOME! Because you know what, it is just paint and can always be painted over, maybe not tomorrow or next month but when your heart and soul starts calling for your next Happy Paint Color!