Part of the fun of buying a new home in Dallas is decorating the interior. Once you’ve settled in for a while, you may decide to shake things up by painting. Color has a major impact on how a room looks and feels. If you’ve never painted before, how do you choose the right color for the right room?
Start with your favorite colors, and place them in the rooms where you’ll spend the most time. If you don’t have a particular favorite, spread out a dozen colored pencils in front of you and arrange them in order from most to least favorite. That will give you a starting point. Consult with other family members to make sure you can come to an agreement, especially in rooms you’ll share, such as the living room and dining room.
When selecting a paint color, consider the mood of the room. Do you want to create a dramatic statement? Pick bold colors like jewel tones of ruby, emerald or sapphire. For a more restful feeling in a bathroom or bedroom, consider going with soft, cool colors and neutrals like gray, beige or ivory. Warm, contrasting and somewhat brighter colors add to a sociable atmosphere in a dining room, while deeper blue-greens and neutrals will give a more formal ambience.
If you’re still not sure you have the right color for your new home in Dallas, take your cue from items you already own, like a favorite piece of art or furniture. You can also apply soft white to the walls and add color to the room with accessories, artwork, pillows, rugs and window treatments.
Remember that colors on paint chips look a shade darker to the human eye when applied to a surface. If you’re worried that a color may be too dark or bold, go with one shade lighter. When in doubt, bring a piece of fabric to the paint store and ask the associate to custom blend a paint shade to match.
One resource to tap for ideas about décor when buying a new home in Dallas, is the Design Center at Landon Homes. Our design center professionals are well versed in the latest home design trends, and will be happy to guide you through each decision, big or small.