When faced with interior paint jobs, there are a lot of factors that can impact your choice of color. Most importantly, however, the walls and the room’s main contents -the furniture- must demonstrate a cohesive color match. Therefore, before diving right into to your home interior painting in Marietta, assess your room and furniture to determine what color will work best for you and your space.

Color Focus

In order to successfully design a cohesive space, you must first start with the furniture that will serve as the primary subject of color matching. While furniture comes in a large variety of colors and patterns, the furniture in the room should be united by one focus color. This color will in turn be the shade matched with the room’s walls.

Contrasting and Complementing

Once a main furniture color is established, you have two general options when applying it to your wall color: contrasting with a new color or complementing with a similar color. Both are valid ways to go, but both carry risks. Contrasting your walls and furniture works to incorporate two opposing yet complementary colors that work well in any space. However, when contrasting, more solidly colored furniture contrasted as a whole with the walls may appear too obvious. That is why it may be better to match the walls with a color much less frequently featured in your furniture’s design or pattern. On the other hand, by directly complementing your furniture and walls, your space is uniquely dominated by a sole color family, mixing different shades of the same color. Similar to contrasting, though, too obvious of a color match may lead the room to appear too monochromatic and thus discomforting.

What Works Best for the Space

While color matches may seem to work perfectly on paper, executing the design into your space might not prove entirely successful. Generally speaking, color psychology dictates that the wall color can largely impact differences between the perceived size of a room and the actual size of a room. Usually, a small room will only appear smaller when painted with dark colors. In contrast, a large room will appear even larger when painted light colors.

Color Combinations and Accents

After assessing how the room may demonstrate different colors, you shouldn’t feel restricted to paint the entirety of the room the same color. Using different shades of the same color may work to help the style of the room. To do this, you can incorporate an accent color of a lighter or darker shade. This helps balance the color matching in making sure that the colors involved aren’t speaking too loudly. The goal after all is to match your furniture and walls with each other, not to have one overshadow the other. You could also use this different shade across the room with stripes and other patterns.