Whether you're planning to decorate your entire house or just one room, taking a look at what your space has to offer can give you insight into what paints to choose. In general, dark colors make a room look smaller, while light colors make it look larger -- a little like dressing yourself in black to look thinner. That's not to say you can't use dark colors in small rooms, but maybe painting just one wall that wacky shade of red would be better than doing the whole room.
Scour home magazines and creative decorating websites to find the look you love. Sure, your room will be entirely unique, but finding decorative inspiration will help narrow down your focus into real, solid, practical ideas. Cut out or print the designs you like best, and bring them to home furnishing and hardware stores to maintain your vision.
Hold off on making major paint decisions until you decide on a theme for the room. A clear idea of what you want to do with the space can help dictate the color of the walls. Going with a bohemian-chic vibe? Perhaps a light brown is in order. If you're going for an Indian-inspired look, rich jewel colors will help achieve it. Use your personality; the room is your canvas. Close your eyes and visualize your ideal space, then work from there.
Colors opposite of each other on the color wheel -- or the few colors closest to your base color -- work best together. Go bold by beginning with a color that pops on the wheel, or go with a monochromatic color scheme. If your color of choice is a deep burgundy, then browns, purples and mauves will complement your vision, all while looking subdued and mature.
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