We all can agree that color can definitely make a difference in a home or a room. It becomes even more important when you are light challenged in a room or tight on space. I am partial to certain colors, since I know that some work better than others. Recently, I worked on an exterior paint project where we were working on a two story home’s exterior colors. The homeowner had a dilemma about what color to choose. The couple really could not decide on the yellow or the pale blue. I believe wholeheartedly that we all know inherently what color is in our hearts and mind for a paint remodel project. After analysis and deduction the couple decided on the pale blue. It was a color that had a special childhood significance in the lives of the couple. Another design dilemma solved.
If color can have such an impact on our lives, what colors should we definitely choose. That is a very subjective answer. I am encouraged when I hear positive comments by my customers sharing successes about the harmony in the household after a new painting project is completed. I am always encouraged by happy stories of parties and family gatherings that were a hit after we did an overhaul of a color remodel in an entire home. People actually can relate to having more fun and enjoyment in their home after painting the home with an entirely new color palette. The inspiration to write and be more productive in the home office is one compliment that I hear a lot from clients.
Using warm and soothing hues in the family room is another real winner for a home interior. This helps create a warm and inviting atmosphere for the room. A nice soothing yellow or cool blue gray are popular colors many of the couples that I work with like to use. I believe firmly that the light that comes into the room has a lot to do with your final choice. I have had instances where we mixed and matched colors to find that perfect balance for the setting that we needed to achieve in the room for that perfect color harmony.
The minimalist look is something that I am often asked to create for a home. The paint color choice for the walls is essential and key to successfully achieving this goal in a South Florida home remodel project. Several of my clients are seasonal snowbirds and have me remodel their Florida Beach side homes. It is always fun coming up with designs for a beachside getaway home and a minimalist look. I have to share a design secret with you, you do not need to use just a bland “white” on the walls to achieve a minimalist look in the home. You can add colors and hues that will bring a sense of calm without having a boring mundane white wall color.
There are a host of colors that you can use, but here are a few popular favorites that will make a Florida getaway home your tropical paradise and oasis.
- Aloof Gray – Sherwin Williams
- Gray Owl – Benjamin Moore
- Contemplation – Behr
- Alaskan Husky – Benjamin Moore
- Guilford Green – Benjamin Moore
- Lemon Grass – Sherwin William
- Dandelion Tea – Behr
- Mocha Foam – Behr
- Oyster Bar – Sherwin Williams
- Marshmallow – Sherwin Williams
- Halo – Benjamin Moore
One of my best suggestions for anyone looking for a new paint choice is to choose a few samples and paint them on swatches and paste on different walls in the home. This will allow you to see how the light will affect the same color in different areas of your home. Remember the light has a major impact on how the paint color will finally look in a room. If you have more natural light in some areas more than others, you must take this into consideration for choosing a paint color for your home, especially, if it is a beach side getaway home in Florida.
I encourage you to visit your local paint retailer and talk to the guys or girls behind the counter to discuss your paint project. I always find the guys at my local Benjamin Moore retailer, Reliance Paints in Ft. Lauderdale to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful. They are always helpful and have a vast amount of knowledge on paint products. They are this Ft. Lauderdale Designer’s best trusted resource when it comes to selecting painting products and colors for my South Florida remodel projects.