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Tips for Choosing Colors When Painting Rooms in Your Home

By: Jodi Marks

The paint section at a home center with hundreds of paint color choices.

When deciding on the color to paint a room in your home, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Bedrooms benefit from cooler colors, such as greens and blues, since they have a calming effect that will help you relax.
  • Rooms for entertaining—like a kitchen, living room, or den—are a good place to use warmer colors, such yellows and reds, to liven up a room.
  • Neutral and lighter colors are great for opening up small spaces as well as blending colors from different areas together.
  • Darker colors can make a bold statement, but they also can make a room seem smaller.

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 8th, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Hi, Ronnie,
    We recommend using The Home Depot’s Project Color app,, which lets you digitally ‘try on’ a paint color and see if it works in your space. Match colors and get inspired.
    Good luck!

  • Ronnie Thyben Says:
    July 8th, 2019 at 10:27 am

    I need help in choosing paint colors for my living room which is very large, dark and paneled.
    Thank you, Ronnie

  • diane bouchard Says:
    January 14th, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    I saved your email on tips for choosing colors when painting and now I am ready to paint. I want a blue gray paint, do you have any suggestions
    for a light pastel paint for my bathroom and eventually i will paint my bedroom same color. I would like it to look on the bue side but with a gray in it too.

  • Frances Nelson Says:
    October 25th, 2017 at 5:45 am

    How do I paint baseboards and keep the paint off of the carpet?

  • Rosie Gaudet Says:
    October 12th, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    It is also a good idea to go for lighter colors when painting a kitchen. Warm colors are just as great, but light colors would work wonderfully too! I love the way white can really open up a space and make it appear larger and brighter. I would love for my kitchen to have that feel, so I think white would be the best option for that area of my home.

  • Faylinn Says:
    June 15th, 2016 at 11:56 am

    The interior of my house needs to be repainted and so I really appreciate the four tips that you put up above. There is one room that I want to paint the walls purple, but I hadn’t considered that it might make the room look smaller. Perhaps I will change the color scheme for that room to lavender so that it doesn’t seem so confining in there.

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Tips for Choosing Colors When Painting Rooms in Your Home