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Choosing and Balancing Interior Colors – Painting Tips for Morro Bay and the Central Coast

When it comes to your home’s interior paint and style, one of the biggest decisions you will make is in regard to the colors you choose. After all, no matter how well-applied or high-quality the paint is, if the colors don’t flow and work well for the environment they simply won’t have the maximum impact.

Let’s step away from the topic of choosing colors for just a moment, however, and instead take a look first at how you can achieve a balance of colors.

Using Colors in the Proper Proportion

If you think of painting like cooking, many would tell you to throw the recipe out the window and go with what feels (or tastes) right. And, in many cases, that might be good advice! Why overcomplicate it? As long as you’re comfortable in the space you’ve painted and are happy with the colors, that is ultimately what matters.

If you are trying to find a more traditional balance, however, the classic 60-30-10 rule can be very helpful. In short, let one color rule 60% of the room, another color claim 30%, and the last 10% can be taken up by a final accent color (this often is a perfect chance to add a pop of brightness). This will help you to avoid having the room be overwhelmed by just one dominant choice, and instead creates a nice balance.

Choosing Your Color Scheme

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Color and the intricacies of its selection is an art all in itself, and could certainly fuel a bigger conversation than will fit here! To give you a quick, bird’s-eye view, however, there are two broad options you can choose from:

  • Complementary Colors – These are those colors that are opposite each other on a color wheel. This can create a bolder, stronger look because of such different hues at play in the same space.
  • Analogous Colors – These, on the other hand, are colors located next to each other on the color wheel. They are similar, meaning that they can be used to develop a softer, more subdued scheme.
  • As an extra tip, try including a black object in your decor. It doesn’t need to be large, but doing so can make the colors in the room look even more vibrant because of the contrast.

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