Most Frequently Asked: Paint Colors

Paint Colors – Choosing a paint color is difficult – we have it! Although we always reveal the paint colors of Amber’s projects on the blog, we have put together our most asked questions about paint colors in an article. If this article is missing a paint color that is causing you problems, check out Amber’s projects where we’ve covered all the details. Remember, we also covered white paints, gray paints, and dark paints! Happy painting!

Paint Colors

In this article, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about paint colors. This includes helping choose a color, understanding undertones, and how to make a space feel bigger or smaller. By the end of this article, you will be able to confidently choose the perfect paint color for your project!

Paint Colors
Paint Colors

Choosing a Paint Color

When it comes to choosing a paint color, it is important to first understand the undertones of the color. There are three types of undertones: warm, cool and neutral. Warm undertones give off a feeling of comfort and are typically associated with colors like orange, yellow and red. Cool undertones are often associated with colors like blue, green and purple and give a feeling of calmness. Neutrals have no real undertone and can go with any other color.

Mural: White Heat by Dunn Edwards // Cabinetmaking paint: black lead by Dunn Edwards // Customer What is Spanish glory

Amber Interiors - Client Cool Canyon

Once you have identified the undertones of the paint color, it is important to think about the mood you want to create in the space. Warm colors typically create a feeling of happiness or excitement, while cool colors are often associated with calmness or sadness. If you are having trouble choosing a color, it might be helpful to take a look at your clothing and accessories. Do you lean towards warmer or cooler colors? This can give you an idea of what type of undertones you might want in your paint color.

Cabinet Painting: Shady by Dunn Edwards // Client Canyon Cool

Amber Interiors - Tupac client meets Biggie to decorate the Diggies

Understanding Undertones

One of the most important things to understand when choosing a paint color is undertones. Undertones are the hidden hues in a color. They can be warm, cool or neutral and are often associated with certain emotions. For example, cool undertones are often associated with calmness or sadness, while warm undertones are typically associated with happiness or excitement.

Cabinet paint: Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore // Base paint for kitchen island: Wrought iron by Benjamin Moore // Tupac client meets Biggie to decorate the Diggies

Amber Interiors - West Coast client is the best coast

When choosing a paint color, it is important to first identify the undertones of the color. This will help you choose a color that matches your mood and personality. It is also important to think about the mood you want to create in the space. Warm colors typically create a feeling of happiness or excitement, while cool colors are often associated with calmness or sadness.

Cabinetmaking painting: Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball // Client West Coast Is The Best Coast

Amber Interiors - Client Cool Canyon
Amber Interiors – Client Cool Canyon

Making a Space Feel Larger or Smaller

One of the great things about paint is that it can be used to make a space feel larger or smaller. If you are looking to make a space feel larger, it is important to use light and bright colors. These colors reflect light and will open up the space. If you are looking to make a space feel smaller, it is important to use dark and muted colors. These colors will absorb light and will make the space feel cozier.

Mural: Amherst Gray by Benjamin Moore // Client Canyon Cool

Amber Interiors - West Coast client is the best coast
Amber Interiors – West Coast client is the best coast

Cabinetmaking painting: Manor House Gray by Farrow & Ball // Client West Coast Is The Best Coast

Amber Shoppe Interiors - Marisa Vitale
Amber Shoppe Interiors – Marisa Vitale

Exterior paint: Black top by Benjamin Moore // Shoppe Amber Interiors Pacific Palisades

Photo of Marisa Vitale

Amber Interiors - Client Cool Canyon
Amber Interiors – Client Cool Canyon

Wall painting: Black Pool by Dunn Edwards // Client Canyon Cool

Amber Interiors - Client Whats The Story Spanish Glory
Amber Interiors – Client Whats The Story Spanish Glory

Mural: White Heat by Dunn Edwards // Cabinetmaking paint: black lead by Dunn Edwards // Customer What is Spanish glory

Amber Interiors - Client Whats The Story Spanish Glory
Amber Interiors – Client Whats The Story Spanish Glory

Making a Space Feel Larger or Smaller

One of the great things about paint is that it can be used to make a space feel larger or smaller. If you are looking to make a space feel larger, it is important to use light and bright colors. These colors reflect light and will open up the space. If you are looking to make a space feel smaller, it is important to use dark and muted colors. These colors will absorb light and will make the space feel cozier.

No matter what size your space is, there is a paint color that will work for you! By understanding undertones and moods, you can easily choose the perfect paint color for your project. Good luck!

Cabinet paint: Figueroa by Portola Paints in satin enamel finish // Wall paint: Figueroa by Portola Paints in Roman clay finish // Client Me Myself and I Can’t’s Make Up My Mind

* A full breakdown of paint colors for Amber’s home is coming soon! See Progress Tour One and Progress Tour Two in the meantime!

FAQs

Q: What are the best paint colors for making a space feel larger?

A: Light and bright colors reflect light and will open up the space. Some good options include white, beige, light gray and pastels.

Q: What are the best paint colors for making a space feel smaller?

A: Dark and muted colors will absorb light and will make the space feel cozier. Some good options include black, navy blue, dark gray and brown.

Q: What are the undertones of yellow?

A: Warm undertones.

Q: What are the undertones of green?

A: Cool undertones.

Q: What are the undertones of red?

A: Warm undertones.

We hope this article has answered all of your questions about paint colors!

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