New Year, New Look: Interior Painting Trends & Ideas for 2015
It might be a cliché, there is something about a new calendar year that makes most of us want to shake things up. When the weather is cold and you’re spending more time indoors, it doesn’t take long to to start thinking about changing the interior of your home.
If you’ve been considering a fresh look for your home, early in the year is a very good time to get the job done. Since business tends be slower for many interior painting companies in the winter, you may be able to complete the job for less than you would during peak season. If you’re not convinced, here are four reasons to consider an interior paint job during the winter:
- Modern paints will adhere to the wall perfectly and dry quickly.
- You won’t have issues with humidity like you would in the summer.
- Contractors generally aren’t as busy in the winter (and can be booked months in advance in the summer) so that means less waiting time and possibly a better price!
- If it’s done well, painting always enhances the value of your home. If you’re planning on selling in the spring, why wait to paint?
How Interior Painting Colors Affect Your Mood
If you’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of colors available (and who hasn’t?) it’s best to take a step back and look at some of the reasons why we choose certain colors and the psychology of why those colors appeal to us.
While some people may not spend too much time thinking about room color, it’s been proven to affect moods, emotions and desires. And most people aren’t even aware this is happening! The colors you choose not only bring out your personality, but they can actually change your disposition. This can happen in a variety of ways, and can affect people differently, but across the board, certain colors or tones tend to evoke the same reaction in people, so it’s best to consider them carefully.
The Power of Color
While paying attention to the hottest colors is great for inspiration, you don’t have to worry about trends to design a beautiful home. Color trends will come and go, but choosing colors that reflects your personality is the first step in creating a beautiful home.
Color has the ability to visually alter the shape and size of furnishings and to make rooms appear larger or smaller. Every color has a psychological significance, and can evoke a wide variety of emotions from serenity to anger. The trick is the combine the colors you love into an attractive palette.
For beginners, this can be an intimidating step, but we’re here to help! With just a little information about color and its affects, you will be well on your way to choosing the perfect colors for your home. The first step is to learn some basic information about the psychological effects of color.
First, ask yourself: What mood do you want to create? Exhilarating? Relaxing? Fresh? Vintage? Modern? From there, you can choose the colors that best reflect that mood. If you’re not sure what kind of mood you want to create, try looking at home design blogs, books or magazines. Tear out pages to make a scrapbook or start a Pinterest board.
Don’t Overdo It
Once you find colors you love, try to limit them to three or four per room. A room with too many colors can be psychologically unsettling. The great thing about interior painting is that it’s inexpensive compared to most other remodeling projects, so you can afford to experiment a little. If it doesn’t work, you can always paint over it.
If interior painting is the your only current home remodeling project, it’s a good idea to select colors based on the existing fabrics, tile, carpeting or woodwork in your home. If you’re remodeling from scratch, choose those items first, because they come in a more limited color palette than paint.
In general, a color can have one of three moods—neutral, active or passive. Knowing this, you can easily match colors to the room’s purpose and your personal taste. Light colors are more casual and make rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colors are generally warmer and more refined; and they can make large rooms appear cozier. Read on to discover the effect specific colors can have on a room.
Neutrals (gray, black, white and brown) are essentials for any decorator. These colors fall in and out of style, but their versatility and flexibility is what keeps them coming back. To liven things up, add a pop of bright color. To calm a room down, take a few colors away. Black is best as an accent color or in very small doses. But when done right, it can look very sophisticated, and many designers agree that a touch of black is essential in every room to give some depth and “ground” the color scheme.
The color blue has always been a popular choice. It has been shown to lower heart rate and blood pressure, so it’s great for relaxing spaces like bedrooms and bathrooms. When choosing pale blues, consider the amount of natural light in the room. A color that looks pretty on the paint sample can look “cold” in rooms with little sunlight. If you have your heart set on an icy blue color, balance it with warmer hues such as brown, orange and camel. To create relaxing kitchens and living rooms, consider bold blues such as periwinkle, turquoise, teal, or cerulean. While blue is known to have a calming effect, darker blues can be suggestive of sadness. You can still use deep blues for accent colors, but stick to lighter shades to create the most relaxing mood for yourself and your loved ones.
Conjuring up images of the natural world, green is the most calming color to the human eye. A combination revitalizing blue and sunny yellow, green is an ideal color for just about any room in the home. It compliments any shade of woodwork as well. In the family room, it encourages relaxation, but is still warm enough to promote contentment and closeness. Green is also believed to relive anxiety and help people relax.
Sunshine, joy and happiness—these are some of the ideas that the color yellow evokes. In small amounts, yellow works great in kitchens, bathrooms, halls and entryways—anywhere you’d like to add a warm, welcoming feeling. Yellow will brighten up a small space, but be cautious when using yellow as the main color scheme in a large space. Studies have shown that people are more likely to lose their tempers in yellow rooms, and babies tend to cry more in yellow rooms. It seems to create feelings of frustration and anger when used in large amounts.
If you’re looking to kick up a room’s energy level a few notches, red is the way to go. It can look wonderful in a kitchen, living room or dining room, particularly at night. It can draw people together and stir up excitement and conversation. When used in an entryway, it can create a bold first impression. Red is known to stimulate the appetite and raise the heart rate and blood pressure. For this reason, it’s not the best choice for bedrooms, but if you love red and will mostly see it at night, in lamplight, it can be a warm, rich and inviting hue. You can warm up a red room by choosing a shade with yellow undertones, and cool it down with blue undertones.
Purple is a very versatile color. The darker shades such as eggplant and royal purple are dramatic, stylish and opulent—great for accent walls. Purple is associated with royalty, luxury and creativity, and can add depth to a variety of color palettes. In its pastel forms, such as lavender and lilac, it can create a relaxing atmosphere without appearing frosty.
Orange is an exciting color, full of enthusiasm, energy and playfulness. While not the best idea for living rooms or bedrooms, it’s great for kids’ playrooms. And in exercise rooms, it can bring out all the emotion you need to have a great workout.
2015 Color Trends
Now that you understand a bit more about the various moods color can evoke, it’s time to choose your palette.
Remember, while color psychology has been proven scientifically, it should be taken with a grain of salt. There are no hard and fast rules to color, and ultimately, you are the one who be living with your color choices. So choose a hue that fits your style, personality and your family’s lifestyle, and you can’t go wrong.
These days, the old rigid “color rules” have been replaced with plenty of freedom and creativity. As we said before, design trends come and go, but here are a few intriguing color schemes for 2015 that are certainly worth a try.
Benjamin Moore’s 2015 Color of the Year
Benjamin Moore, one of the world’s most popular paint companies, has named Guilford Green their color of the year for 2015. We love the versatility of this silvery green and how it can compliment any architecture style, from historic to modern. Who says neutrals have to be boring?
Benjamin Moore’s 2015 color trends page includes four bold color families: berry, green, blush and blue. Centered around Guilford Green, these hues are fresh, modern and unexpected. From the chic raspberry pop of Old Claret to the muted tones of Soft Sand and Blue Hydrangea, these colors can be combined or used on their own for an effortlessly relaxed home.
If you’re looking for a truly sophisticated look for your home, consider interior painting in a monochromatic palette. This means that you would pick one hue and paint every room in your home a different version of that hue—be it warm, cool, dark or light. It’s a great way to create a coordinated look that flows gracefully from room to room.
If you need more visual inspiration, Pantone has put together a series of beautifully coordinated interior paint color palettes for 2015. From bold, abstract hues to washes of similar tones, you’re sure to find something that speaks to you.
Decorative Paint Finishes and Techniques
Once you’ve chosen your color palette, you might want to experiment with a fun painting technique. There are hundreds of ways to play with interior paint, but here are a few of our favorite faux finishes and techniques:
Mottling or Sponging: This is one of the simplest paint techniques to master. It’s easy to create the appearance of aged porcelain, stucco or stoneware. For this look, you’ll need a matte finish paint, a glaze and a sponge, in addition to the standard painting supplies. Apply your base coat, followed by a mixture of four parts glaze to one part paint.
Color Washing can create a beautiful, watercolor-inspired look with rich color and depth. This technique also involves the use of glaze and a sponge, and can be used on accent walls or entire rooms.
Strié: This type of finish is characterized by whimsical stripes that are created by dragging a wallpaper paste brush vertically along the wall from ceiling to floor, before the glaze has dried.
Stripes: Perk up your walls with stripes of the same color, or in coordinating shades. You can make your stripes any thickness simply by applying painter’s tape to the wall. Remember to measure and tape carefully, but don’t worry, a difference of ¼” to ½” won’t be visible to the eye. To make the ceiling appear higher, paint vertical stripes, and to make a room appear more spacious, paint horizontal stripes. You can even use this technique to divide a room to create a space within a space.
We hope these ideas and tips have you excited to spruce up your home with fresh colors for 2015! If you’d like information on hiring an interior painting company to do the job, contact Castino Painting for more information. What ideas are you hoping to try? What questions or concerns do you have? Let us know in the comments below.