Interior Paint Color Scheme
Traditionally, the question of color selection was a no-brainer really. With only a select few colors to choose from, most homeowners would settle on just one and be satisfied with it. But now we have all these new colors popping up everyday, each adding its own special vibe and dimension to the space. And this makes the process of color selection all the more frustrating.
Which raises the question; can you still paint all your rooms in your house the same color and get away with it?
Should you paint your whole house one color?
Well, the general rule of thumb is that you should avoid using just one color. In most cases, it comes out unattractive and plain. But at the same time, there are ways you can use a single color and achieve a simplistic yet elegant appeal.
The key to this, however, is that you settle on an interesting tone. Alternatively, you can use different variations of the same color and spread them out over your home.
Here’s are all the pros and cons of the two approaches.
Pros of painting one color
If you are specifically looking to achieve a cohesive look all through your home, it’s perfectly okay to paint your walls one color. While it might initially seem bland, it has the power to create unity of space, making everything look like it belongs together.
Other perks you stand to gain include:
- It is cost-effective – Perhaps the most obvious advantage to using one color is that it is relatively less expensive to paint. It is easier to buy and manage just one painting, and the work requires relatively less effort. Of course, for lasting results, you still want to go for the higher-quality, more expensive paint.
- Creates the illusion that the space is larger – The color you choose can influence your perception of the space when in it. For instance, a single bright color like white will make the space appear bigger and cleaner. On the other hand, darker hues create the impression of a receding space.
- Allows a faster turnover – One color is significantly easier to replace. If you like experimenting and switching up the look of your space, going with one color will save you the hassle of choosing, blending, and painting each wall a different color every time.
Cons of painting one color
The disadvantages of painting one color are as you may expect:
- It might come off as bland and repetitive
- The space can feel claustrophobic and overbearing
- The house might come out looking lifeless and predictable
Benefits of painting your rooms different shades
As we’ve seen, painting one color makes the spaces feel connected. By using a similar palette all through, you create a kind of visual continuity that more smoothly draws the eye from room to room.
However, different variations of the color in different rooms could be even better, and here’s why.
- Different shades can help adjust to lighting – No color behaves the same in every room. The very same color you use in one room can look entirely different in another that get’s different light levels. For instance, rooms receiving less natural light might benefit from a lighter, more cheerful shade.
- They separate connected spaces – If you have open rooms which are connected by one wall (like your living room or kitchen), using different shades of the same color will help define them and separate them as different rooms.
- Adds personality to the space – Using different shades can also help to distinguish more personalized rooms like bedrooms and playrooms.
While it is generally ill-advised to paint your whole space one color, it can still come out polished and collected if well done. Feel free to use different hues to distinguish connected spaces. You can also break the monotony in the room by defining elements like different textures and molding, stained wood, artwork and differently colored furniture that complement the primary color you select.
For more tips on color selection and everything else paints, don’t hesitate to contact us at Painter Bros and talk to one of our reps.