Picking The Perfect Paint

Q. We just bought a new house and I need to pick paint colors for several rooms. Can you tell me where to start and also what color to paint the trim?

A. Selecting paint colors for an entire home is not an easy task. I can share some simple tips with you to help facilitate the process and get you started selecting. I like to decide first where my bold and radiant colors will be. It could be the entrance foyer, a dining room or a kitchen that has “color”. Then create a neutral palette of two or three tones for the rest of that floor. I follow a similar premise on the second floor where the bedrooms and a bathroom for example may have “color” while the halls and smaller spaces are neutral. A big part of the decision for color placement depends on the natural light you have to work with. When I talk about neutral tones the big decision there is warm or cool. This is really a personal preference and often times the bold or radiant colors you like may work with either warm or cool neutrals.

accent wall

Now that the areas are selected for “color” and the neutral palette is determined why not go a step further and infuse some accent walls. In this bedroom a fabulous turquoise accent wall was selected for behind the headboard, a favorite accent wall for me. It grounds the bed and creates a natural focal point for the room.

Now for the trim selections. Determine if the trim will be painted white, painted dark or stained. If you decide to go white my all time favorite trim color is named White Dove by Benjamin Moore. In this room they used black for the entrance foyer trim and front door, kept the trim in the dining room the same color as the walls and painted the door and trim around it in a crisp white. This room is a perfect example of anything goes. You can really make it your own by switching up the trim colors. For more paint ideas take a look at my paint collection in the Get Inspired galleries.

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  • kcw

    I used the white dove on our trim and just love it, thanks!

  • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

    So glad it you liked the trim suggestion, I love it because I can use it with warm and cool tones.

  • Claire

    This post is so helpful I printed out the steps. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      I’m so glad this post helped you Claire!