Homeowners choose room colors by pulling colors from existing decorations or furniture, considering the mood of the room and testing out patches of colors before painting the entire room. Wall color makes a major impact on a room, so the homeowner should choose a color that sets the right tone.
The existing furniture and decor in the home provide inspiration for room colors. The homeowner likely chose the pieces because she liked the colors and designs. These items can provide insight into the best color choices. The wall color also needs to complement the existing pieces.
The colors used in a room set the tone for the space. Cool and neutral colors create a calming tone in a room. This works well for room meant for relaxation or rest, such as a bedroom. Warm, bold colors create a dramatic feeling in the room. The homeowner should narrow down the color options based on how she wants the room to feel.
The lighting and size of the room is also a factor. A small room without much light seems dark and smaller when painted a dark color. Paint chips give the homeowner a general idea of what the color is going to look like, but actually painting a section of the wall in the selected color is the best way to check the color. The homeowner should look at the painted section at different times of the day to see how it looks in different lights.