Indoor Paint Colors:
Questions to Ask Yourself

When choosing indoor paint colors, most people need help in making a decision. If you find the process of selecting paint colors too difficult, ask yourself the questions below - they will help you solve some color dilemmas...

Think about it: when someone asks you for advice, you have to have more details about the problem, before you can give a suggestion that will be helpful.

It's the same when choosing indoor paint colors for your own home - you need to ask yourself some questions to determine what home paint colors will be appropriate for your rooms.

Questions to Ask Yourself When
Selecting Indoor Paint Colors


    indoor paint colors should reflect your lifestyle

  • Do you like to travel? - Create a home decorating color scheme inspired by your adventures.

  • What are your favorite activities and hobbies? - Use the colors associated with your hobbies for painting and decorating (green for golf, white for skiing, blue for flying, etc.).

  • Are you a homebody? - Create a safe haven by surrounding yourself with paint colors that feel "nurturing" to you.

  • Do you live a busy life? - Keep in mind that off-white walls have to be maintained and re-painted more often.

  • Do you have a stressful job? - Avoid bold colors and jarring contrasts in your decor.

  • How many children do you have and what age? - Choose mid-tones rather than pastels for practical reasons.

Living Room:

    indoor paint colors for a living room

  • Do you watch movies a lot? - Use deeper hues to mimic the cozy atmosphere of a movie theatre.

  • Do you gather around a fireplace? - Emphasize the natural focal point by creating an accent wall.

  • Do you entertain here? - Add some "Wow" factor with an accent wall or faux painting finishes.

Dining Room:

  • How often is it used? - Walls painted in deep reds and oranges will encourage conversation.

  • Is it only a "showpiece"? - Consider guilding your crown moldings for a dramatic effect.


  • Do you like to read in bed? - Go for mid-tone or pastel room colors.

  • Is the room used in daytime or only at night? - Make sure the color supports the function of the room.


  • How many people use it? - Light paint colors may be impractical.

  • Is it used for make-up? - Don't use green colors on the walls if you want to enjoy your complexion in the mirror.

  • Is it small or large? - Dark indoor paint colors can make spaces appear smaller.


indoor paint colors for a kitchen

  • What is your cooking style? - Use it as a clue when creating a room color scheme.

  • How many meals are prepared per day? - Light wall painting colors will be too high maintenance.

  • Do you eat meals here? - Blue wall colors may supress your appetite.

  • What are the adjoining areas? - Make sure the color flows throughout the space.

Family room:

  • How many people use it? - Find a color that all family members will enjoy.

  • What activities happen here? - Lighter wall colors will work better if you enjoy playing board games, for example.

  • Do you eat in this room? - Soft greens, warm shades and neutrals will be the optimal choice for the walls.

Spend some time on these questions - your answers will guide you to the most practical and appropriate indoor paint colors for your needs.

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