Choosing a color is often the most harrowing part of the redesign process, from sorting paint chips to making that first stroke on your wall and praying it turns out like you envisioned it. So how do you make sure that mint green won't start looking sickly in the afternoon light or the butter yellow you've chosen won't give you a mustard-y headache by the end of the day? These tips should help.
1. Go Bright
Kitchens and bathrooms are great spaces to experiment with brighter, more saturated colors than you'd choose elsewhere. Because there's typically less wall space to paint, that bright color will likely serve as a frame for cabinets, tiles, and other features, so don't be afraid to go for something that pops (if that's your style).
2. Be Smart About Where You Invest Color
You know yourself. If you're the type of person who goes through four paint colors before settling on one, or needs to update your kitchen every year, keep the bold color choices to your paint color, which is far easier and less expensive to change on a whim than your kitchen cabinets or backsplash. To make it easy to change things up, go for more neutral colors in your staple pieces that'll highlight the different spin you give your kitchen when you want a change.
3. Start With The Non-Negotiables
If you've already chosen flooring or stunning granite countertops, you'll want to base the rest of the room's colors off those preselected items. It'll be far easier to choose colors to complement your favorite countertop than to start with a wall color or cabinet stain and try to match other major elements like countertops or hand-painted tile to it.
4. Try Out Your Color In Different Lights
When you think you've found "the one," test out your color under both natural and artificial lights, if possible, as these are the same type of lights you'll use in your kitchen or bathroom. This will help you avoid unpleasant surprises, like finding out that refreshing apricot looks more like powder pink in the evening light.
5. Don't Be Afraid of Neutrals
You don't have to sacrifice your love of bright, cheerful colors by choosing white tiles and cabinets or other neutral staples. If you just can't decide where you want to go with a space, start with basics. You'll be able to add dramatic pops of color later in the form of hand towels, bright accessories, and wall art.
Color inspiration can come from anywhere — from your favorite vacation spot to a piece of art or a dream space you saw in a catalog. Explore the colors you love that create the type of atmosphere you'll love to spend time in and go from there. And don't forget to contact us anytime you have questions about updating your kitchen or bathroom. Some updates are as easy as resurfacing cabinets or updating paint colors to make a dramatically beautiful change.