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How to Pick Paint Colors

By: Jan Soults Walker

Published: December 17, 2012 on

Paint has remodeling power when you use it to emphasize a room’s best features or play down the flaws. It will also be one of the biggest options when it comes to remodeling your bathroom, whether you’re choosing to DIY, or you’re looking at services like bathroom renovations eastern suburbs Melbourne offers, or other companies near you.

“Paint is a powerful tool that can enhance the architectural character and intent of space,” says Minneapolis architect Petra Schwartze of TEA2 Architects. “As you choose your paint, think about what the experience in the room should be.”

More Schwartze advice:

  1. Always sample paint colors on a few walls. Don’t be shy about painting a few large swaths on walls and trim to consider the effect of natural and artificial lighting. Add samples to opposite sides of a room to judge the paint color from different angles.

  2. Check the space with the samples in place and watch how the paint color changes at different times of the day. You may want to try a wall out with some designed wallpaper to see if that suits you better. There is peel and stick wallpaper that can be used as a reference alongside the paint so you can help make your decision.

  3. Evaluate your reaction to the proposed colors: Does the space feel cozy or is the openness enhanced?

How to enlarge space with color

Painting walls white, cream, pastels, or cool colors (tinged with blue or green) creates the illusion of more space by reflecting light. Paint trim similar to walls (or use white on trim) to ensure a seamless appearance that visually expands space.

White or light colors lift a ceiling; darker shades can have a similar effect if you select a high-gloss paint sheen, which reflects light and enhances space.

Employ a monochromatic scheme to amplify the dimensions of a room. Select furnishings in one color and paint walls and trim to match. Lack of contrast makes a room seem more spacious.

Make walls appear taller by extending wall color onto the ceiling. Create a 6- to 12-inch-wide border of wall color on the entire ceiling perimeter, or wherever walls meet the ceiling. Painting this might be difficult, especially if your home has high ceilings. However, with the help of a ladder, from somewhere like Platforms and Ladders (