How Do I Pick Paint Colors for a Cohesive Look?

You Ask, We Answer: How Do I Pick Paint Colors for a Cohesive Look?

Painting your walls can be one of the most rewarding home improvement projects, but it can also be the one of the most daunting—even for Calcagni Real Estate agents who see countless home interiors every week! If you’re considering indoor paint colors but aren’t sure how to create a cohesive palette that works from room to room, we have some helpful hints. The good news? It’s easier (much easier!) than you think, and the results may have you feeling happier than ever in your Connecticut home.

Utilize technology when possible

When you’re trying to imagine how a certain paint color will look in a particular room, paint chips may only go so far. Take advantage of technology whenever it’s available to help you visualize how your chosen color will look in your space before you spend the money on several cans. Benjamin Moore’s Personal Color Viewer allows you to upload your room photo so you can get an accurate rendering of how the different colors will look on your walls, all while providing complementary color families to consider.

Make hallways the cohesive connector

When creating a cohesive look with paint colors, the importance of hallway paint can’t be underestimated. Choosing lighter and more neutral paint colors in hallways, mudrooms, or foyers can tie all your other rooms together so your color choices look intentional and put together. One helpful hint? Note the undertone of the colors you’re using. If your living room is a deep olive green with yellow undertones, for instance, a soft beige or grey with warm undertones makes a beautiful color in your transitional areas. This same rule can be used with cool undertones, as well.

When it doubt, take a look out your window

Not sure where to start with paint colors in your Connecticut home? Just look out your window! Mother Nature is a master of mixing and matching complementary colors. Paint shades that reflect nature are not only soothing, they’re easy to work with. Green, grey, brown, and cream can also create a subtle and tranquil color scheme. And if you’re someone who is passionate about bright color but aren’t sure you want to paint your walls something that vibrant, don’t be afraid to add pops of color with throw pillows, blankets, or even an accent wall with printed wallpaper. Just look to your favorite flowers for color inspiration!

Not ready for a long-term commitment? Use colorful accents

Maybe you’re drawn to deep blue for your living room, but your partner can’t get on board. Or maybe you’re just not sure you’ll love it in a couple years. If you’re not ready to commit to dark or bright colors on your walls, you can always choose to use bolder hues as an accent color on doorframes, doors, or even window frames. These create an instant interest and a truly personalized look without the fear of creating a space that’s too dark or too overwhelming. You can also paint the inside of your closets with unexpected colors for a mood boost every time you get dressed.


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