Interior Design Q&A: Selecting Wall Colors for a New Home

July 30, 2013 | 12:00 pm
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I am choosing colors for a new home… I need help in deciding on colors that will flow and compliment. My entrance has an open foyer that leads to the upstairs. I have a formal dining and living room. There are a nook and a family room off the kitchen. There is a gas fireplace in the family room that will be decorated in white. The formal dining room is not very big. I would like to paint it in a different color. I will be doing a border and a crown mold for detailing because it’s the first thing you see as you come to the entrance and it’s open. I want to paint it yellow or a color that is different but not sure how it will look. I want to paint the general areas in a light color that’s not white. There will be hardwood jatoba cherry throughout except the kitchen and bathrooms that will be tile. The tile has a tint of green, grays and half white background in the tile. I want to use lighter colors so it makes the space looks larger. I would like a color that contrasts with the general color of the house. I am not big on green but discovered that the tile has a very small tint of green. Please help me. Thanks.


It sounds like you have an exciting project ahead of you. Be sure to have fun with it and let your creativity flow! You may want to begin by creating a color palette from things already in your home (it seems you’ve already started this process). For example, green can be found in the tile. Next, you may want to choose a border for the dining room and then choose a paint color for the walls from a color that is found in the border. Similarly, in the kitchen, you may want to choose a complementary color that you “pull” from your granite countertop. Also, consider other items you’ll have in your home (area rugs, painting, furniture) and try to “pull” colors from those items. If your objective is to make the space appear larger, your choice of lighter colors is generally a nice option. If you are considering a yellow in one room, try a palette of warm colors in similar tones. Remember to go with a shade lighter than you first choose due to the fact that the color on the wall is often more intense than that of the sample. If you would like us to order large paint samples for you or to assist you with any other question, please contact us to schedule a consultation. Thanks for the question and best of luck.

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