Paint color can say a lot about your home — both on the exterior and interior. It may be tempting to choose a bold, bright and exciting color, but it is important to select a color you can live with every day. Generally, it is safer to choose neutral colors. This is especially important if you are looking to sell your home in the near future. Of course, there are a few exceptions. For instance, if you have a historic home it could be better for you to paint the exterior of your home in traditional colors that revive the home in its original style. Generally, bold, bright colors can make it difficult for prospective buyers to visualize the home as their own.
Even if you are not looking to sell anytime soon, choosing neutral paint colors can make your home much more versatile. You can add pops of color with furniture and accents if you are looking for ways to bring additional excitement into a room. Leaving your walls a more neutral color makes it easy to re-arrange and re-style rooms. You can choose furniture in any color or style without having to completely repaint your home to avoid clashing color schemes. Also keep in mind that sometimes a color is darker, brighter or bolder than in appeared on the swatch. A good rule to follow is to choose a color and then go two shades lighter or softer than that shade. It will have all of the same impact without being overwhelming.
Also, people often overlook the power of a paint's finish. The difference between a matte paint or a semigloss paint can be surprising! When you are choosing a paint, be sure to look at more than just the color of what you are buying. Remember to also consider the durability of the paint too. Is it resistant to stains? How many coats will you need? Do you need primer too? Never be afraid to ask someone at the paint store for suggestions. They will be able to help you choose a paint and finish that works best for what you need.