The Power of Interior Paint

paint-color-wheelWith the human eye, we can see approximately 10 million different colors. Perhaps that provides perspective as to why we at times feel like we have ‘paint paralysis’ – agonizing over paint swatches for hours, trying to choose the color that best suits the mood we want to lend to rooms within our homes.

Color can make us calm down, or rev us up. It can make us feel warm and cozy, or cool and tranquil. There is power within our painted walls. The good news is that by asking just a few simple questions, we can begin to narrow down our color selections. With professional paint application, we can enjoy the homes we live in and the colors that surround us.

Question #1: What mood do you want to create within the room?

If you are looking for a serene, tranquil mood, neutral and pastel colors work well. A great example of this are the cool tones used to make a bathroom feel like a spa. To inject energy into the room, brighter colors stand out and add interest. As an example, a cheery bright yellow kitchen.

Question #2: Do you prefer to add accent pieces and seasonal decor to change up the room, or do you want the room color to be the focus?

Transforming an entire large room can be difficult, as well as expensive. Consider keeping larger areas neutral and spicing it up with patterns, textures and fabrics that keep it interesting. Simple things such as flowers or fruit can add just the right amount of color to an otherwise neutral palette room.

Question #3: If you added white plus one other color, what would it be?

Far from boring, adding white plus one color is simple and always in style. Varying shades within the color can add visual interest through accent pieces, fixtures and furniture. If you are a novice decorator, white plus one color is an easy, and quite often beautiful combination.

Question #4: Within your home, would you describe your preferred taste as bold color everywhere, neutral everywhere, or somewhere in between?

There is no right answer. Color within our homes is personal, and can vary in hue and intensity from room to room. When selecting new interior paint colors, awareness of popular taste and trend is important only if you intend to sell your home. Otherwise, be happy with the color choices you feel best suit your personality!

Many people hire a professional designer to help them select a palette of colors for their interior home paint, incorporating colors that complement natural lighting, size of the room and existing room features.

The combination of tasteful interior paint color selection with professional application definitely adds ‘polish’ to the room, and provides a foundation of color on which to build.

Changing the interior paint within your home is a great way to ‘freshen up’ the look of your living space. It can add new personality to dull, lifeless rooms – and can be the beginning of a wonderful living space.

On Trend: Simple Home Styles

Architecture on an international level has many styles and designs. We an certainly be inspired to draw characteristics and features from buildings, homes and outdoor areas we see through our own travel experiences or from our research. In North America however, we have certainly seen a rise in popularity of using fundamentally simply home design styles. Learning what each of these styles means can help you plan your home renovation or home build with your professional design team in a way that expresses your personal taste and style.


Synonymous with ‘country’ decor is often ‘simplicity’. We tend to think of wide, unfinished boards for flooring and furniture used on affordable cabinets Winnipeg. Exposed beams might be incorporated, as well as stone fireplaces and windows that are often double-hung with 6 panes in each sash. Country rises from an appreciation for rural life, and a pace of life free from technology overload.

2. Contemporary

Contemporary design is also a very simple, quiet design style. Furniture within rooms is often sparse, though carefully selected to play a starring role. Neutral color tones are usually chosen, with accent pieces added to liven the room – often a cheerful primary color. Contemporary lighting, fixtures and window treatments often draw minimal attention to their details. Rather, they are either concealed, or minimalistic in their style, focused only on achieving their intended purpose.

3. Arts and Crafts

Simplicity is fundamental to the Arts and Crafts style home. Geometric patterns, with an emphasis on horizontal lines has made the Arts and Craft style decor stand out as a timeless design. Emphasis on incorporating natural wood elements into almosarts-and-craft-style-decort every element of the home – including floors, walls, trim and furniture with time honored craftsmanship defines this beautiful style of home.

For each of these styles, homebuilders can incorporate natural elements including building materials, useof lighting as well as room size and layout to bring together your personal taste. How you choose to decorate your home can define your style, however, the fundamental basics of how your home is built can provide significant definition to its character.

It is quite possible to overlap design styles, or have different design styles varying from room to room. An example might be to have a contemporary, modern style kitchen, with a living room area that has country elements that provide warmth and comfort. Paint colors can also factor into the overall style definition – with earth tones being common for Arts and Crafts style, and whites and bold color selection being often used in Contemporary design.

Whatever your design style preference, planning your renovation or home build with a professional design team is the first step towards achieving results that truly speak to your comfort and character. Remember too that you don’t need to select exclusively from one design style. Hints of design elements from Victorian, Southwestern or even Colonial style added to simple fundamentals can add personality and visual interest. Your home renovation or home build is sure to show your personal style through its basic fundamentals, complemented by your added decorative elements.