How to pick the BEST PAINT COLORS for the interior of your house

How to pick the BEST PAINT COLORS for the interior of your house


– In this video you learn
how to pick the paint color for the interior of your house,
including if you should use the same color for the entire house, when you should actually paint, what are some of the top colors for 2019? That’s starting right now. – [Narrator] Welcome
to Homebuyer’s School, brought to you by Brookfield Residential. – Hi everyone, I’m
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bell so you don’t miss anything. So today, I’m joined by Mackenzie Schurer, interior designer with
Brookfield Residential and the topic we’re
gonna talk about today is how to pick a color for the interior of your house when painting. So Mackenzie, I guess
the first question is, because I have no clue in
terms of the kind of colors you should paint inside your house. Should it all be one color? – There are a couple
of ways to go about it. We generally encourage most of
the home to be in one color, just so that, you know, for continuity. A lot of the home designs
right now are an open concept, and so it doesn’t give
you really logical places to stop and start a color. Having said that, if you wanna
change colors of bedrooms, bathrooms, I think that’s
an easy place to transition. The smaller the home typically, the fewer colors, I would suggest. So to keep the flow throughout the space, I would probably steer
towards something similar instead of chopping it up, but in general, separate rooms you can switch. And then if you wanna do a
feature wall here and there intentionally, some people
still choose to do that as well. – Doesn’t it matter in
terms of if a room has a lot of windows versus
not a lot of windows, the type of color? ‘Cause I would imagine you’d probably want a brighter color in those rooms? – It just depends on how much color you really wanna see on the wall. So obviously, whatever color you choose in a bright space like that,
it’s gonna read lighter. In general, any color we
choose is going to read a shade or two lighter on the wall, just once you have light
reflecting in the space and the natural light coming in. So that’s something to consider as well. – Is there a kind of a neutral
paint that you should be, that if you don’t really want your house to really be bright neon, whatever, right? – Yeah, I generally lean towards something a little bit more neutral,
only because repainting, although it’s not an expensive process, it’s a very time intensive process, especially with the open concept homes. Finding something
neutral really depends on the rest of the finishes, so for example, we have two neutrals here,
but they’re very different. One is cool and one is warm,
in terms of the undertones. So making sure you’re
coordinating your paint with the rest of your
finishes is really important. – I know we talked about
earlier, about countertops, bathrooms or a kitchen, you
can see those videos here and I’ll leave it in
the description below, but how does that play into
the type of paint you choose? Like how you’ve setup your countertops or vice versa, I guess. – In general, you’ll find
that a well designed home has either a warm or a cool
thread running through it. So, tying those together,
you’re not very often going to see the paint right
on the countertop like this, but it’s important to make sure that everything works together. This is a warmer undertone
with a warmer quartz. This is a cooler undertone
with a cooler quartz. And if they’re mix-matched,
you would really notice that one really looks off. To any time you go opposite
ends of the color wheel, for example, red and
green, those two colors are going to make each other
look even more different. So if you’re gonna go
with a warm and a cool next to each other, just
know that they are gonna make each other look warmer and cooler. So trying to tie in the undertones is an important piece of the puzzle. We also find that in North
America specifically, and especially in Calgary, our
light tends to be more blue. The exterior light, so the natural light. So going with something
a shade or two warmer is going to prevent your house from having that kind of blue undertone,
especially in the winter, when the light’s
reflecting off of the snow. It’s just something to consider, versus if you’re living
in Southern California. – What would, in terms
of interior paint be? Would that be more contrast
or more, I guess, analogous? – Yeah, I think you just
wanna go more complimentary. You wanna go sort of on the same spectrum. Unless you wanna lot of drama, you can definitely play with paint. We tend to choose it sort of
last in the selections process because there are so many options. So you can really do
whatever you want with it, but I find that keeping
that general undertone, the thread of that through
your home is important. You’ll also find that a
more grayed-out color, so sort of on this half
of the color palette, versus a pure color, is going
to give you more flexibility. So the gray just provides more depth. It provides more flexibility with the rest of your finishes too. – Although what you do
find is that, you know, when you’re trying to visit some homes, it kinda starts lookin’ the same, right? It’s just a lot of
grayish-type bright colors, ’cause I know people don’t
really wanna go beyond, but sometimes it’s kinda neat to be a little bit different too, right? – Yeah, and you can do that
with level of color too. You can stay in the gray palette, but maybe you go with charcoal instead of going red or green. So you can add contrast
without adding new color. And that will help keep
everything cohesive. – And how about for resale? Like if you wanted to, for resale, what would be a better color type? Would be the grayish, probably be better? – Neutral.
– Neutral? – I think neutral and
something that really works with the rest of the
palette because you don’t want that to stand out. If the paint stands out, then
it’s just one more thing to, one more piece of the puzzle that, maybe just doesn’t feel quite right. – And so, what are some
of the color trends for, I guess, 2019, 2020? Is it still that grayish look
or a little bit different? – What I’ve noticed when
working with homeowners is we’re trending back from those cool grays into a little bit more of
a warmer color palette. We’re sort of steering away
from the very blue-gray, and things are just
warming up a little bit. And that’s just a
reflection of where we were, and people just want something different. So, and it also speaks to trends in cabinets and flooring as well. – And so, when you say warmer, I always think of getting reddish. That’s, I don’t think that’s probably, is that what you’re referring to? It’s not gonna be like on this side. – No, but like this
warmer, it’s pearly white. This would be a yellow or a red undertone. – Oh, okay.
– This one in particular, probably more of yellow. That’s the base of the paint itself. Whereas this one’s, the
base is more of a blue. – Sometimes paint kind of dulls over time. How often do you need
to repaint your house to get that fresh kind of look? – Mostly it’s just wear and tear. The paint surface itself
shouldn’t disintegrate, or you know, get a lesser quality. It’s more about touching
up any nicks or dents, baseboards, that’s an
important spot to do that. Also, the paint sheen
that you use is important. So, going with something
that is more of a semi-gloss or a little bit more
scrubbable on the baseboard will prevent you from having
to repaint quite as quickly. And then going with
something like an eggshell or a satin on the wall kinda
gives you that happy medium. – And if you were to have different colors in different rooms, do they need to be specifically complimentary for resale? Or is it more of your style? – I think it’s personal preference. The one thing to consider,
especially with kids’ rooms, or really bright colors,
if you’re going into this, sort of more pure color
realm, doing a bright pink in a bedroom, those colors
tend to reflect very easily. So, looking down a corridor,
if you have a pink room and a blue room, you will
sort of see those colors reverberate into the hallway. So it’s just something to consider. Often we encourage people to go with more of a gray-hued version of that, and it will just not be quite
as drastic a difference. – Got it, got it, and that
also matches in terms of, I know we talked about countertops, but does that also match in
terms of your flooring as well? – Yeah.
– Right? – I’d say flooring and
wall color are the two that probably have to coordinate the most. And then cabinet color will
play into that as well. Your countertop doesn’t
typically butt up enough with the paint for it to be a huge issue, but just as something to consider, ’cause usually the
countertop is reflective of the cabinets and the floors. – Do you have anything
else to add in terms of picking paint colors for
the interior of your house? – I think when you’re
given the opportunity, if you can, do a test swatch on the wall. It’s really helpful. If you don’t have that opportunity, looking at a paint on the plane
that you’re going to see it, so holding it up flat, as
opposed to always looking at it down like this, is gonna
give you a more realistic version of what that paint
does in different lights. It’s also a really nice
tool if you can pin it up or do a test swatch in
your home and watch it throughout the day, maybe
over a couple of days. You’ll see how that color transforms. It’s gonna change, but as long
as it coordinates each time, then you’ve got a good pick. – Perfect.
– Yeah. – So the question of the
day I have for you is, when was the last time
you painted the interior of your house and what
color did you use and why? Let us know in the comment section below. If you wanna know more
about the interior design of your home, check out
these playlists here, and I’ll catch you in our next video.

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