Vol.2, No.6

The most popular interior paint colors

Most popular color choices and why.

Cream interior paint
Photo Credit: Daniela Andreea Spyropoulos
When remodeling your home's interior there are many important questions to take into account. One of the key considerations is color. The color of a room is one of the room's more significant design elements. With proper planning you can use color to create a mood, add height or bring warmth to the coldest of spaces. A well chosen color palette has the added advantage of accomplishing these objectives with minimal costs.

By far the most popular color choice of all is white. White is a very versatile shade that can be adapted nicely to any home. It works well with nearly all styles and decorating preferences. Using this color has several advantages. Perhaps the most important is the color's ability to make small spaces seem larger. Even a very tiny room may appear to have more square feet when you use this color on the walls. Another advantage is the color's ability to add light and a feeling of freshness to a room. White is a good choice for rooms used more often during the summer months when a cool retreat is a welcome break from the heat.

While white is often an excellent paint choice, it does have a few disadvantages. Too many white walls can make a house feel sterile and uninviting. It is also a difficult color to keep completely clean.

To counteract the color's drawbacks many homeowners add an additional color to white paint before putting it on the walls. A small hint of red or blue in the paint mixture can soften the color's sometimes stark effect.

Another color often used in homes today is an off white or light brown. Light brown is a particularly a good color to use in a large space. Unlike white it won't make the room seem even larger. The extra hint of warmth is a good way to add a subtle masculine touch to a room. This color works well with many other colors particularly shades of blue and pink. Avoid using it in a small space because it can overwhelm the room and seem oppressive.

In addition to white and shades of light brown there are several other popular interior paint colors. What shades are popular often depends on the room's function.

For example yellow is a warm shade that is frequently associated with happiness and good cheer. This color is used a lot in bathrooms and kitchens. It can also be used to fine effect in a room in smaller quantities. Paint the wall above the bathtub yellow and enjoy a sense of serenity when you use the Jacuzzi.

Another popular warm color is red. Red is very vibrant color so many people prefer to use it as an accent color rather than for an entire room. Adding small touches of red in the form of seat cushions or a bowl of apples to a kitchen can give this highly used area even more zing. Red is also prized because one can adjust the hue in many ways. Add a bit of orange and you have a brighter shade that stands out even more. If your color preferences lean towards the cool side of the color spectrum you can choose reds with a hint of blue in them and still have a shade that works well with the rest of your color choices.

On the cool color side of the color spectrum there are also many popular color choices. Blue is also frequently used in bedrooms. This is a popular choice for little boy's room because it is the color most associated with their gender. It's also a popular choice for adult master bedrooms. The color has many shades so it is often a good way for a man and woman to compromise on their decorating preferences. Light blue suggests the warmth of a sunny day to many observers while darker tones like navy and midnight bring in sophistication and elegance.

People chose interior paint colors for many reasons. The most popular paint choices are often popular because such colors can be adapted to suit a variety of tastes and needs.