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How to Choose the Right Paint Color for Your Home in Denver, CO

Hiring a professional painter is not only an investment; you will also need to live with the colors you choose for several years or decades to come. Choosing the right paint colors for your Denver, CO, home’s interior and exterior can seem intimidating, but the process doesn’t need to be.

With a bit of patience, a few trips to your local home improvement store, and the assistance of Two Painters and a Brush, you will be able to select paint colors and create a beautiful color scheme for your Colorado home.

60-30-10 rule
Adhering to this unwritten code will bring out the best in visual design

Follow the 60/30/10 Rule of Interior Design

Any interior designer will tell you that when it comes to choosing interior paint colors and creating a balance in every room of the house, you need to follow the 60/30/10 rule. This rule is very simple and states:

  • 60% of each room should be one dominant and primary color.
  • 30% of each room should be a single secondary color
  • 10% of each room should be an accent color.

One of the easiest ways to follow this rule is to utilize the right paint color as the 60% of the color in the room. Choose other aspects from the space, such as the flooring, counters, trim color, artwork, or other design elements, to inspire the additional 30% and 10% of the room.

inspiration for your decor
You can easily be inspired by the world outside your home and bring a piece of it inside!

Find Inspiration

You don’t need to hire an interior designer to create a memorable home. Instead, the best way to find the ideal paint colors for your home is to seek out inspiration in everyday life. For example, grab your phone and take a photo of the exterior of homes in your area.

Peruse the internet, and Pinterest boards, to discover how other Colorado homeowners are transforming their space with color. Take note of how the color works with the furniture in the room. You will quickly find that you can find several no-cost ideas for your own project by simply walking through your neighborhood!

short list of paint color ideas
Narrowing down your preferred colors will save you headaches later

Making Your Short List at the Paint Store

Visiting the paint store can be overwhelming simply because there are simply so many colors to choose from. Before you become too stressed, there is one simple way you can narrow down your options and create a shortlist for your new color: Choose two to three colors you are drawn to from each of the store’s paint categories:

  • Neutral colors
  • Grays
  • Whites
  • Bold colors
  • Dark, deep shades

Another simple tip is to choose two to three colors based on the different manufacturers. For example, choose a few colors from Sherwin Williams, Behr, Dutch Boy, Valspar, and Farrow & Ball.

paint samples on wall
Apply multiple samples to a blank wall and you’ll have the best way of deciding which color is for you

Paint Small Samples and Paint Swatches on One Wall of the Room

Before you go all in and purchase entire gallons of paint from the store, ask for a sample of all your favorite options. Paint a small patch on one of the walls in each room you plan to paint.

Choose a spot that has direct sunlight. Leave each paint swatch on the walls for several days. How does each color look when exposed to direct and bright sunlight? Do the colors still look amazing with the shades or drapes drawn, and the room and walls are illuminated with artificial light?

Living with the colors and color palette for a few days and determining how the color looks at different times will allow you to make a more informed decision.

interior exterior paint
Choosing the right colors inside and out will determine how many head turns your home will receive!

What Interior and Exterior Paint Colors Add More Value to My Denver, CO, Home?

You would love to paint your home’s exterior siding a bold and bright shade of pink, green, purple, or blue. However, while you might love these shades, will the unconventional color hurt or harm your home’s curb appeal? Before you hire a Denver painting company to transform your home’s exterior, here are a few popular shade choices that will also add value to your home:

  • White
  • Gray
  • Navy blue
  • Light green or sage green
  • Powder blue
  • Light yellow

Much like painting your home’s interior, you should obtain samples for paint swatches and paint small sections of your home’s exterior. Does the exterior paint color work well with the outdoor lighting and in natural light, in the shadows, and with your landscaping or outdoor furniture?

dark color wall absorbs heat
The bolder the color the more heat your walls will absorb

What Are the Most Energy-Efficient Paint Colors for My Home’s Exterior?

You might be surprised at how much your exterior paint color can negatively or positively impact your home’s energy efficiency. In addition to picking colors that complement your landscape and are HOA-approved, choosing a color scheme and style that does not lower your home’s energy efficiency is essential.

Did you know that dark colors absorb anywhere between 70 to 90% of the radiant heat they are exposed to? Choosing lighter shades for the dominant colors of your home’s exterior is always best. If you want to add some darker hues, it is good practice to always reserve the dark colors for the trim and accents.

open plan room design
Open plan homes and apartments are becoming more popular as they create the impression of larger space

Tips to Create a Flow in an Open Floor Plan Home

Open-concept or open-floor-plan homes have been trendy throughout the United States and in Colorado for several years, and for a good reason. However, one hurdle that many homeowners have trouble jumping is finding the right color for each room of their open-concept homes.

Here are a few very simple tips to help you find the right color for each space of your open-concept home:

Use Paint Poster Boards

Grab a poster board and create a rough sketch of your home’s floor plan. Use paint samples and test the colors on the poster board. Do the colors interrupt the flow, or are they helping your home look and feel more cohesive?

Every Room in Your Home Does Not Need to Match

You will spend much of your life in your home, and you want to feel at home in each room. Instead of using a single color, utilize different shades or tones of one primary color in different areas or rooms of the house.

For example, after you painted the kitchen a particular shade of white, utilize a shade of darker white or even lighter yellow in an adjoining space. This will set the tone in each room without making the spaces feel more cohesive.

Don’t Be Afraid to Use an Accent Wall

You love the idea of using the same or a similar color throughout your home but still want to create a separate mood and feel in some of the spaces. A great way to avoid disrupting the flow of your home but still create a distinct mood or feeling in each space is to add an accent wall.

The great thing about accent walls is that you can utilize any bold color or unique texture you want to make the wall stand out.

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Contact the Professionals at Two Painters and a Brush!

Are you ready to transform each and every wall in your Denver, Colorado, home? Are you having trouble choosing the right colors and tones for your home improvement project? If you are ready to transform your space, the team at Two Painters and a Brush is prepared to help you create the home of your dreams.

Our team has several years of experience helping our clients choose a color scheme and style that expresses their individuality. We only work with the top brands in the paint industry, including Sherwin Williams, Behr, Benjamin Moore, and Glidden, just to name a few.

When you are ready to narrow down your choices and transform your property, give us a call for a free, no-obligation price quote and some great advice!

customers five stars reviewsReviews for Two Painters and a Brush

persona helena bThey Brought A Lot of Samples That I Could Look at All Day Long

“I wanted to update my house and knew I wanted to work with a professional painting company. Two Painters came to my property and brought several test samples of almost every color imaginable, even purple, which my daughter loves! They were able to help me find the right tones and colors for each room. Thanks, Two Painters, for making my house in Littleton amazing!” – Helena B

persona seanna tThe Team Did a Great Job in My Home

“I knew I wanted more than a fresh coat of paint on my home’s exterior. I wanted to create a statement and not match the same color of other homes in the neighborhood. The guys at Two Painters and a Brush suggested several exterior colors, including a neutral tone that I loved. They completed the project in a few days, and I love my new home in Greenwood Village.” – Seanna T

persona toby pMy House in Lakewood Has Never Looked Better

“I took a photo of my parent’s interior in the middle of the day because it is when the natural light is the brightest. I love the color of their master bedroom and wanted a similar tone for a bedroom in my new house. The team from Two Painters knew exactly what color palette I needed to use, and they were able to transform the bedroom.” Thanks, guys, for all your hard work!” – Toby P

persona lakshmi kThe Best Painters in Aurora, CO!

“I was really excited to paint my home’s interior and knew I did not want to take on that task myself and could not decide which color to choose. A neighbor recommended Two Painters and a Brush, and I was not disappointed. The team did an amazing job, and I am so happy with how my house in Aurora turned out.” – Lakshmi K