Picking the Right Color For Country Decor
The foundation for your decor is color, setting the tone before you hang your pictures and add your knick-knacks. Cool colors can make your space feel relaxed, warmer tones can make it feel energized.
Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find the right shade for your rooms, and the choice is something people can agonize over.
That’s where Piper Classic’s Country Color Guide comes in. Inside, you’ll find nine different country-flavored color ideas, each designed to give your room a different look and feel.
We want you to use it to get an idea of what colors work for your home.
Color can be intimidating and we want our customers to feel confident in colors that make a statement and add extra interest to a room.
The guide includes color chips that you print out to use as a guide next time to make a trip to the paint store. Painting a room is a big project, and having color samples at hand makes it a bit easier.
We hope our palettes will inspire you and give you the courage to give your rooms a new life.
To help you get started, we’ve suggested following these steps from the DIY Network as you choose colors and prepare to repaint:
When Picking Colors
To start with, consider the color wheel. The wheel is dominated with the three primary colors — red, yellow, and blue. If the color wheel was a clock, these three would be at the 12, 4 and 8 positions. When you combine them, of course, you get a secondary color. Red and blue make purple, etc.
Colors that are near each other on color wheel such as blue and purple will blend nicely. Colors on the opposite ends of the wheel like red and green are complementary and will play off each other.
When Painting or Repainting
1. Buy small, at least at first. Pick up maybe a quart of paint in case you’re not committed to the color. Paint a piece of foam and then move it around the room to see how light reacts with that color throughout the day to make sure you have the right color ideas.
2. Painting professionals suggest using one gallon of paint for every 400 square feet of surface, so you should know how big your room is before you shop. Plan on getting extra if you’ll be painting rough, textured or unprimed surfaces.
3. The paint store’s color mixer can create slight — but noticeable — differences from can to can, meaning you might end up with different shades on different walls. Avoid this by mixing all the paint cans together before you start, and you’ll get a consistent color throughout your rooms.
4. Make sure you have the right tools. If you’re using oil-based paint, get brushes made with natural bristles — ox hair, hog hair — because they’ll hold the paint better. But if your project calls for latex paint, use a nylon or polyester brush, which won’t absorb water like natural fibers. Foam brushes work for delicate work like painting molding or window casings, but don’t last because they’re easy to rip and tough to clean.
5. Keep some paint stashed in small jars — such as a (thoroughly cleaned) baby food container — in case you need to do touch ups. Be sure to label each jar with the right color.
6. Finally, don’t underestimate how long the job will take. You should give the paint 24 hours to dry before putting everything back in the room, and then give yourself two weeks to a month before washing or wiping the walls.
Color is the quickest, most dramatic way to change a room. You can add energy to a boring room or make a stressful place more relaxing. A new coat of paint can hide flaws, but a new color can reflect the mood of a room and show who you are. Don’t stress. Pick what’s right for you. Color your world something new.
Give your rooms a new look with the help of Piper Classics’ Country Color Guide.