What are some tips for designing your own paint scheme?


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Experiment with different interior paint colors, intensities and shades in an online paint scheme selector. These virtual tools provide sample rooms or allow personal image uploads for greater customizing. Some paint manufacturers and shelter magazines feature pictures of room-by-room decor color choices for inspiration. Find a favorite color, and then check a color wheel to determine which complementary hues may be dynamic or which variations of a single hue are most calming or energizing in a space.

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Study the effect paint color has on the perceived dimensions of a room before selecting wall and trim colors. A dark color lowers a high ceiling; crown molding that matches a light ceiling expands a narrow room. Paler colors typically open up a room that gets insufficient natural light.

Rugs, drapes and furnishings that belong in a room can dictate the color scheme. Pull a color from an antique or abstract carpet for an accent wall, and paint the remaining walls a lighter or darker value of the same color.

Consider hallways and any rooms visible from the room to be painted. Choose the color scheme for the space to harmonize with any adjacent rooms that can be glimpsed through doorways and arches.

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