Choosing paint colors for a whole house is even more difficult than picking just one color. It’s impossible to tell if they’ll work well together. What’s the first step? As we go through choosing paint colors for an entire house, we hope to inspire you to take on your painting project.

Check which rooms are visible to one another

Go room-to-room in your home and take note of the areas that are visible from each one. Keep an eye on things with a floor plan.

There is a possibility of seeing down a hallway and into the kitchen, for example, if the rooms are adjacent. Keep these notes handy; they’ll serve as the foundation for your home’s color scheme.

Choose a color for the largest and most central room first 

Your living room or kitchen is a great place to begin working on your entire house’s color scheme.

For those of you who are having difficulty deciding on paint colors, starting with a soft, neutral shade in the main room may be just the solution. The color white is a safe bet, as it never fails to impress.

Start with the brightest color in the room you’d like to paint

If you like color and already have a specific shade in mind for a room, you can start there. From the room with the bright colors, choose colors that are softer and less bright for the other rooms. You can put bright colors next to each other, but that’s riskier, so watch out.

Use shades of the same color to build your palette

Once you’ve chosen a paint color for your first room, it’s easy to move on to the next room or wall by picking different shades of the same color. You can choose a color from a nearby paint chip, choose the next color up or down on the same chip, or even have the same color mixed at the paint store with white added to make a lighter version.

This method is perfect because it gives your home depth and interest, and you can be sure that the colors will look good together.

When selecting colors for an open area, plan

Open floor plans necessitate the use of complementary colors to bring the entire house into focus at the same time. Shades or tints of the same color can work well in this space type. The shades are darker, and the tints are lighter.

Another option is to use nature as a source of inspiration for the design of the entire space, such as the colors that work well together in nature.

Separate work on the upper and lower floors is required

If there is a correct separation between the floors, you can easily create a different atmosphere in the upstairs versus the downstairs based on the colors you choose. To make the task more manageable, focus on a single floor at a time.

Consider a neutral color scheme for connecting spaces

As a resting place between areas of more vibrant color, white, beige, greige, and the like are excellent choices for hallways and landings. The halls and landings, on the other hand, are a great place to experiment with a bolder color if you’ve decided to stick with white or soft neutrals in your rooms. To make a statement, you only need to go one or two shades darker than the rest of your palette.

Try out a variety of possible color schemes

Bring home test pots of paint as you narrow down your color choices and think you may have some winners. Big sample cards can be deceiving, even if they are huge.

This will let you see how each color looks in the space it is meant for and make sure that the colors of visually connected spaces work well together.

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