The choice of interior paint colors is important for any home. For a post and beam home, it’s imperative to choose your color(s) wisely. The color needs to compliment the stain color of your timber frame structure while doing the same for the color ways exhibited in your interior decor. I have a few suggestions you might consider when choosing the colors which will best compliment your interior space.
Over the years I’ve discovered one of the best, most cost effective and immediate ways to create a fresh look is with a new choice of interior paint colors. I’ve also learned the importance of choosing the correct shade of a color. For Example: let’s take the simple color (or total lack of color) white. Do you have any idea how many shades of white exist out there in the world of paint?? There are cool whites and warm whites and whites that lean to the green, to the blue, to the pink, to the…. You get what I’m saying, right?
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Tips for Choosing Interior Paint Colors
Here are three helpful tips to assist you in choosing the best shades, white or otherwise, for your interior space.
1) Consider light exposures; northern, southern, eastern or western. Northern exposure light is cool and muted so you might want to warm or brighten up the room; visa versa with southern and/or eastern exposure.
2) Think about the desired effect or mood of the room. Is it a kitchen that needs plenty of light or a library where deeper, darker tones are often preferred?
3) Allow for the type of lighting to be used in the room. The same paint color can take on a totally different hue depending on the light source. NOTE: if fluorescent lights are used take particular care to view the color under them as any shade goes a bit stark and cool in florescent lighting.
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BeamBabe’s Can’t Fail whites from Benjamin Moore
Linen White – warm and soothing
Mayonnaise – great warm trim color
Monterrey White – a cool white
Navajo White – a classic
Elephant Tusk – this color lends my bathroom a warm, spa-like feel.
Natural Wicker – another warm white toward the brown
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