The colors you choose for the walls in your custom home make a huge impact on the feel and ambiance in each room.  Taking the time to get it right can save you headaches later.

Here a few factors to consider before choosing your room colors:

  • What sort of energy would you like to feel in each room?
  • How would you like your guests to feel when they visit?
  • Do you plan on living in this house for the long haul, or do you plan on selling it within a few years?

Choosing paint colors can be tricky, as there are thousands of subtle variations of color, each with its own feel and energy.  To make matters difficult  it is  hard to tell how a whole room will look from a small paint sample.  The only real way to know is to paint a wall.

Many homeowners choose a color they like in the store, only to be disappointed when the room is painted.  That is why it is  sometimes best to start small, like  only painting a single wall or bathroom before you make the final decision.

Allow the paint to dry overnight, and give it a few days before making a final judgement on the color.  Paint color changes slightly as it dries.  In addition, some colors look very different in different lighting conditions.  For example, it might look one way in the middle of a sunny day with the windows open than it does at night under interior lighting.

 

How long do you plan on staying in your home?

When  choosing paint colors, first consider  how long you plan on staying in the home.  If you are building your dream home and plan to retire in it, you can get as creative as you want with the colors.

If you plan on selling the home in a few years, it is  best to avoid colors that might turn off potential buyers.  People have vastly different tastes when it comes to paint color.  While one person might love bright blue or deep purple walls, someone else may not like those colors.

If your goal is to sell the home soon, it’s best to stick with neutral colors like shades of beige, grey, and cream.  While it might seem boring to some, it gives you the best chance of finding a buyer at the right price.

 

What mood would you like your rooms to project?

If you do not plan on selling your home anytime soon, and you want to get a little more adventurous than neutral colors; the second factor to consider is the mood you are trying to project.

In general, warm colors such as reds, yellows, and oranges project a higher energy, more stimulating environment, while cool colors such as blues, greens, and purples project a calmer, lower energy environment.

Kitchens and dining rooms are often painted in warm colors because they are very social areas of the house.  Bedrooms and bathrooms are often painted in cool colors because they are places where we rest and wind down.

Living rooms tend to be somewhere in between, popular colors today include subtle variations of grey, olive, muted yellows, and beige.

Also, be conscious of the saturation level of your color.  Saturation refers to how rich or intense the color is as opposed to muted toward grey.  An highly saturated color can easily overpower a room and take attention away from everything else.

 

The Choice is yours

The right color for your luxury custom home will depend on your personality.  Take the time to choose wisely so that you may  enjoy it for years to come.

If you would like more detail on a particular building step, or have any questions, please email bryan@refinedcustombuilders.com or call/text Bryan at 713.851.4698.

 

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