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Interior Paint Colors

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Interior Paint Colors for Your Home

It’s a definite challenge to pick out the perfect wall colour for the rooms in your home. What color do you paint the ceiling? Trim? And what furniture goes well with it?

The following will help you learn what interior paint colour scheme you’re after, what colors go together, and what furniture fits the color well.

If you’re not planning on selling your house anytime soon, why not take a risk with color? If you were planning to sell your house in the next three to five years, you might want to stick with neutral colours so people won’t be turned off by eccentrics if they want to invest in your home.

The following are popular interior paint colour schemes and their definitions:

  • Monochromatic: Using the same colour throughout the room, possibly varying with tints and shades (like mint green and forest green).
  • Analogous: Choosing paint colours that are right next to each other on the colour wheel (such as yellow and orange, or purple and pink).
  • Complimentary: colors that are the opposite of each other on the colour wheel (like red and green, or blue and yellow).

When you’re choosing your paint colour(s), remember these tips:

  • Choose the wall color first, instead of the ceiling or trim. Those are normally accent parts to the room and should match your primary wall color.
  • You’ll need to check the paint swatches in natural light, artificial light, sunrise/sunset, and night-time lighting. The shade may look different in separate lighting, and it might not be the right choice for you in the end.
  • Light colored paints make the room appear more spacious, and do well when applied to long walls of a room.
  • Dark coloured paints make a room feel cozier, and work well on the end walls of a long room. However, they require more maintenance than light walls, and absorb heat faster.
  • White ceilings give off an illusion of more space in a room.

Here are the different kinds of paint types and their definitions:

Flat: It doesn’t reflect light, so it’s a good finish for hiding imperfections. Use flat paint in a room that doesn’t require a lot of cleaning, or gets disturbed with wear and tear.

Satin/Eggshell: Both names are interchangeable. This paint has a delicate shine that is indicative of a fresh eggshell. It is a step up from flat paint – it’s more stain resistant and longer lasting.

Gloss: Hard, shiny, and good at hiding brush strokes – that’s gloss paint for you. However, it may draw imperfections to the walls. It is the most stain resistant paint, though, and the easiest to clean.

Semi-Gloss: If you want the look of gloss but not the imperfections that may come through, try a semi-gloss. It’s good for rooms that go through a lot of wear and tear, because it’s simple to clean and relatively hard.

Now that you know the basics of selecting paint, it’s time to select your colour! Look through the different shades and colour combinations from Benjamin Moore Paints to see which one will work in your home.


Dusty Rose PaintMonochromatic

Red Home PaintAnalogous

Red Interior PaintComplimentary

A unique way to accent red walls is through gold-tinted furniture.
Gold Floor LampAF Lighting Candice Olson Logan Gold Floor Lamp
Gold Tapestry RugL.A. Rugs Platinum Style Gold Tapestry Rug
Gold MirrorMurray Feiss Viola Leaf Gold Mirror


Blue Interior PaintMonochromatic

Blue Home PaintAnalogous

Blue Paint IdeasComplimentary

To compliment a blue room, white furniture really pops out.

South Shore Platform BedSouth Shore Furniture Newbury Collection White Platform Bed
White  Dining TableKlaussner Furniture Treasures White Dining Table
White Leather SofaGlobal Furniture USA 757 Series White Leather Sofa


Green Interior PaintMonochromatic/

Green Home PaintAnalogous

Green Paint ColorComplimentary

Warm, wooden furniture in maple finishing compliments any shade of green.
Asian Platform BedAtlantic Furniture Manhattan Platform Bed with Open Footrail
Cocktail Table SetStanley Furniture Sunset Key Rum Round Cocktail Table Set
Maple DresserStanley Furniture Provincia Maple Dresser in Golden Distressed Finish


Yellow Interior PaintMonochromatic

Yellow Home PaintAnalogous

Yellow PaintComplimentary

Espresso-treated hardwood contrasts well against the bright yellow, but isn’t as harsh as black.

Queen Platform BedHillsdale Tiburon Bentwood Queen Platform Bed
Brown Leather Sleeper SofaKathy Ireland Home by Omnia Furniture Leather Mirage Brown Leather Sleeper Sofa (multiple finishes)
Trestle TableHomelegance Daisy Espresso Trestle Table


Purple Interior PaintMonochromatic

Purple Home PaintAnalogous

Interior Purple PaintComplimentary

Since the purple is so strong, going with black furniture won’t overpower it.

Black Platform BedFashion Bed Group Kyoto Modern Black Platform Bed
Black SectionalAlphaville Le Corbusier Grande Chaise Black Sectional (2 finishes)
Black DresserLifestyle Solutions Ebony 9 Drawer Triple Black Dresser


Brown Interior PaintMonochromatic

Brown Paint ShadesAnalogous

Paint BrownComplimentary

Silver or chrome is a great accent colour in a brown room.
Super Nova Floor LampAF Lighting Supernova Floor Lamp
Brown FutonBrown Futon
Brown Bar StoolBrown Bar Stool


Grey PaintMonochromatic

Grey Interior PaintAnalogous

Grey Paint IdeasComplimentary

Bright red furniture will really stand out in a silver or grey living space.

Red Leather LoveseatArmen Art Furniture Roc Red Leather Loveseat
Shade Floor LampStyle Craft Nantucket Shade Floor Lamp
Red Bar StoolHillsdale Red Bar Stool


Pink Paint IdeasMonochromatic

Pink Interior PaintAnalogous

Pink Paint ShadesComplimentary:

With pink, try furniture finished in mahogany for a rich, colourful room.

Mahogany Platform BedFashion Bed Group Contemporary Mahogany Platform Bed
Coffee Table MahoganyGlobal Furniture USA 728 Coffee Table Mahogany
Mahogany MirrorModus Canyon Mahogany Mahogany Mirror


Black Paint IdeasMonochromatic

Black Interior PaintAnalogous

Interior Black PaintComplimentary:

Purple is a fun way to really showcase a black room

Purple ChairSkyline Furntiture Curved Back Upholstered Purple Chair
Upholstered BedSkyline Premier Purple Border Upholstered Bed
Purple PillowMystic Valley Traders Profiles Plum Square Pillow 18 x 18

Have any paint questions or need some help matching shades with furniture just ask I am happy to help you with your interior paint colors and furniture!

Nicolette Interior Design Diva