Beyond Beige: Choosing paint colors you love

I love color. I am The Color Picker for my parents’ home painting business because I love helping people surround themselves with colors they get pleasure from.

When I go on color appointments, I am often asked, “What colors do YOU think I should use?”

Most customers want “Model Home Beige,” that beige that’s not too pink and not too green, that works with any other colors and is, in my professional opinion, the epitome of boring.

For those who want to go beyond beige, selecting the right colors is a very personal (and often laborious) choice. So how do you choose?

I advise them to consider three things: the way the space functions, the mood they want the space to evoke and what color induces that mood for them.

For example, in a home office where they want to be productive and create an energizing mood, a shade of orange might do the trick whereas in a master bedroom where they want to relax and to create a romantic mood, a gray-blue would fit the bill.

For areas that primarily serve to please the guests that come into your home, like a guest bedroom or a seldom-used dining room, the question is how you want your guests to feel in the space and what color is the most likely to accomplish that goal. A pale apple green, for instance, is universally appealing in a guest bedroom because most people find it to be welcoming, soothing and restful.

You should enjoy the spaces you spend your life in! Once it comes time to put paint on the walls, the best question to ask yourself is “What color is going to make me happy?”


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6 comments on “Beyond Beige: Choosing paint colors you love
  1. I have usually gone with the safe choice, but last year painted a family room with a rich brown suede and it is a such a comforting space. Great advice for those of us who are timid about color.

    • Tabitha says:

      Oooo, rich, warm browns are a nice choice!! You can always accent with colorful accessories, too, like red or turquoise–if you want to “jazz it up” without adding more paint colors. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  2. Bonnie Lacy says:

    I love color, but unfortunately, my home doesn’t reflect that. Somethin’s gotta change!

    • Tabitha says:

      I would say, start with the colors you love! I adore robin’s egg blue so my walls are a light version of it (they change from blue to gray depending on the light), then I decorate with brighter “pops” of it in vases, mirror frames, etc.
      I’d be willing to bet that if you used your favorite colors in your home, people will say that your home is more “you.” How fun is that?!

  3. Shelley says:

    This came just in the nick of time. I’m always choosing “safe” colors for my home. In fact, my whole house looks very nondescript: no personality. I finally got sick of it and decided to become BOLD in my approach. I’ve always liked green, so that’s what I chose. More on the green apple side, though. One of the upstairs bedrooms gets very little light and with the linen color that was on the wall, there was no life. Now, with fresh white paint for the wood trim, the whole room has a new personality. It’s amazing how colors affect us.

    • Tabitha says:

      Green is my favorite color! My former home had a more mossy green, almost like the color of guacamole!
      Woohoo for going bolder! It IS amazing, the difference it makes!

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