Painting your home inside is a great way to freshen it and make it more atmospheric. By choosing the right color palette, you can really add some sparkle and draw the eye. Of course, it’s easier and more convenient to choose just one paint color and paint all the walls the same way. This might seem like the easiest thing to do, but there are some good reasons why this can create a pretty dull and uninteresting space too.
The Myth of One Color Choice
If you’ve gone out and bought yourself a nice tin of white paint, you might think you have it all covered. It will expand the visual space inside and give it a complete makeover. Of course, any paint can make a space look nice and fresh, but here are some myths about choosing one color:
- Most people choose one color because it’s easy and will create some flow from one room to the next.
- Buying a few tines of the same color is less expensive than investing time and money in several colors.
What About Neutral Colors?
The big appeal with neutral colors, such as white or beige, is that they will go with any other color in the home. This is mostly true, but it also limits the visual appeal of the home. Rather than simply chose a so-called safe neutral color, you might generate more visual interest by learning about undertones and why they are important.
Why More Than One Color Is a Better Option
If you paint all of your walls in one color, like a neutral shade, you’ll notice that the color doesn’t stay the same throughout the home anyway. Each room has its own character and this will actually affect the quality of light and how the color is perceived.
Here are three things that will change the tone and mood of a color, even if it is the same throughout your home:
- Interior lighting: The quality of internal lighting will change the shade of paint on the walls. The type of light, the placement of light fixtures, and the strength of that light will determine how a color is perceived by the human eye.
- Natural light sources: How much natural light from outside is entering a room will also determine the way that paint color is perceived. For example, a darker room can appear even darker if the wall paint is not light enough.
- Reflections: Even the reflected colors from flowers and leaves outside can change the way that a color is perceived.
In practice, this means that even if you choose one single color for your rooms, the colors are going to appear differently.
Due to how light affects our perception of color, it’s important to make a color choice to suit every room. This means that in darker rooms where the light creates darker tones on the walls, you should choose a lighter version of the paint. In rooms that have plenty of natural light, you may be able to choose a darker color.
Marc Poulos began his real estate and financial services career, but he soon realized that his true passion was beautifying homes. He started working with various small craftsman shops before serving an apprenticeship with the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chicago. His commitment to excellence won him Top Apprentice from Washburne trade school in Chicago – the country’s premier school of its kind.