Whether you’ve decided to turn the spare bedroom into a home office, or you just aren’t too keen on the olive-green paint on your living-room walls, the idea of choosing the right colors for a renovation project can strike fear and dread in even the savviest decorator’s heart.
There’s so much more to renovating than selecting the right flooring and window treatments; the colors you choose for your paint and décor can have a profound impact on your mood, behavior, and the quality of your sleep.
Your personal preferences are an excellent starting point when selecting decorative color schemes, but you should also give thought to how you want that room to make you feel. If your end goal is to transform your master bedroom to give it a calming effect conducive to rest and relaxation, explore blues, greens, pastels, and neutral shades. Behr’s Equilibrium, Casual Day, Nurturing, and Quiet Time are shades well suited to bedrooms and bathrooms.
Caliente—Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Color of the Year—is a bold shade of red, which inspires energy, passion, and productivity. Although seeing red walls in your home office or studio space may cause an initial shock to your system, Caliente’s warm hue is sure to get your juices flowing while spurring the full potential of your creative spirit.
Oceanside, Sherwin Williams 2018 Color of the Year, is a deep shade of marine blue with a subtle green tone reminiscent of a rare jewel unearthed in a faraway land. If you have white cabinets in your kitchen, applying a few coats of Oceanside to your cabinet doors will add a sense of Mediterranean flair that evokes mental images of palm fronds swaying on a warm, tropical breeze in an exotic seaside locale.
For those of you interested in adorning your ceilings in celestial scenes of the cosmos, we suggest Ultra Violet, Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, as a go-to color for the nebula in your skyward-facing mural.
Before you commit to painting your home Oscar the Grouch green, we recommend investing in a few sample cans of paint so you can be absolutely sure the color you’ve selected still speaks to you after it’s on your walls. If all else fails, you can never go wrong painting happy little clouds!