When you’re starting a remodeling project, there are a lot of decisions that need to be made. You’re sure to have preferences for how you want to use the newly remodeled space, and we can help you with the layout, appliances, fixtures and finishes, but what do you do when it comes to choosing colors?
So. Many. Colors.
It will help you to know that there are several ways to approach the process. If the new space opens to an existing room, you’ll want to choose colors that blend with existing décor. Or take your color cues from something else you love: a painting, an upholstered chair, even a scarf! But what if it doesn’t need to match another room? Where do you begin? Trendy or classic? Bold or subtle? Light and airy or dark and dramatic? Take a deep breath and read on…
Are “Color of the Year” Trends Helpful?
Trends may come and go, but if you need help picking a color, checking out what’s trending is one place to start looking for inspiration. Many paint companies are selecting the “Color of the Year” that they think will show up in home décor during the coming year. Most of the 2019 predictions are colors of nature, healing, and rejuvenation. Several companies have chosen soothing blue-green hues: Behr picks Blueprint; PPG Paint shows Night Watch; Dutch Boy selected Garden Patch. Sherwin Williams’ favorite color is warm and evokes the Desert Southwest: Cavern Clay. Benjamin Moore tweaks previous trends by highlighting Metropolitan, a warm gray.
Paint companies like Behr and Benjamin Moore have lots of ways to help you look at colors: by trends, by color families, by mood. Some even have tools that let you digitally try out colors on walls of different rooms, or even on an uploaded image of your room.
How Do You Want the Space to Feel?
The feeling you want your remodeled space to have is one of the most important things that should guide your color choice. If you desire spa serenity in your master bathroom, select soft, earth-tone colors for your tile, flooring and walls. The white kitchen is still very popular, and if you’re looking for “light and bright” it’s a great way to go. If you prefer a cozy kitchen, natural wood tones and warm colors help you achieve it. Or mix it up with an island or a grouping of cabinets in a painted color with the rest in a stained wood.
What if You Change Your Mind?
If you’re not confident in picking a trendy color, stick with neutrals for the basics and save the daring color for accents. Be bolder with things you can more easily change: a statement wall, upholstered furnishings, tile, or even wall art. Wallpaper is back and can be a terrific way to find coordinating hues.
Whether you start with a piece of fabric or artwork, or look for inspiration online, the important thing is to choose colors that you’ll love looking at every day. When we design your new space, we’re very happy to listen to you and guide you along. Let’s talk!