How to choose paint colors for your home


Paint is a simple way to refresh any room, but experimenting with new colors for your space can be intimidating. Learn tricks of the trade and how to choose a palette with professional designer Nadia Geller. Plus, see how to use Autodesk Homestyler, the free online 3D home design software, where you can test out your choices before you ever pick up a brush.

How to choose paint colors for your home

Choosing Paint Colors and Texture

  1. Purchase a fan deck
  2. Consider sightlines from room to room
  3. Have paint company match to your favorite color

Fun Paint Color Ideas
  1. Add contrast by highlighting your baseboards, windows and trims with a darker color
  2. Draw attention to one wall in particular using a different paint color
  3. Go outside the lines with ceiling paint or horizontal lines

Choosing the Perfect Paint Colors
  1. Choose a white that complements your furniture
  2. Try colors with a hint of gray for a more sophisticated look
  3. Experiment on sample boards 
  4. Use a semi-gloss finish on your trims for easy clean-up
Transcript NADIA GELLER: Hi, I'm Nadia Geller, interior designer for Homestyler. Today, I'm going to show you how to find the right paint colors for your home.
First, you want to equip yourself like a pro.
Go to your local paint store and buy a fan deck.
{Buy a fan deck} It's a book of all the colors available by a certain paint manufacturer.
{Match paint colors to household objects}
Now, go around and match a paint color to all the main objects in your home, things like furniture, window treatments, cabinets, and accent pieces, then go back to the paint store and get individual paint chips of each color.
{Get matching paint chips}
These are the main colors of your home, and you'll use these to find wall colors that will complement them.
Using online software, you can experiment with different color combinations.
{} This is Homestyler, and I've used it to recreate a home so I can literally see what my choices will look like from room to room.
It's so great to try before you buy or lift a finger.
You can even change the angle of your view to determine what shade of paint will look best where.
Also, look through decor magazines to see how pros make color work in different spaces.
And pay attention to what you like.
Do softer colors appeal more than brighter ones?
Consider the sight lines in your home.
If you are going to paint your dining room a royal blue, for instance, and you can see into your living room, don't paint the living room a color that will clash, like lavender.
Choose colors that will work in harmony with each other.
That doesn't mean you can't be bold.
Use the program to experiment with some dramatic options, like painting one wall a different color than the rest of the room.
Once you've found colors you like, I suggest painting a larger surface with your top two choices, then place them against the wall you're going to paint.
Let them live there for a couple of days, so you can see how they make you feel and how they change with the light.
You'll be surprised how a new color can transform a room.
It truly is a fun and inexpensive way to completely change your home.
{Finding The Right Paint Colors, Determine the main colors of your home}
{Pick colors that don't clash from room to room}
{Paint sample boards and live with them before you pick a color,}
So go ahead, color your world.
I'm Nadia Geller.
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    Nadia Geller Interior Designer and TV Personality Nadia Geller wowed television audiences during three seasons as a featured designer on TLC's show "While You Were Out". Her work as a Designer and Stylist lead to her role as Visual Manager for New York City's home furnishing mecca, ABC Carpet and Home. more about this expert »

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