Happy New Year! The new year brings great anticipation for new beginnings and fresh starts. Because we will be spending more time indoors for the next few months, let’s get busy and start to freshen up our indoor environment. Paint color can have the most dramatic effect on your space, and it is the least expensive way to update your environment. Color changes our perception of the space around us, turning it from spacious to cozy from cool to warm. There are three key steps that can help you with the color selection: 1. Find Inspiration What appeals to you? Create a color portfolio of what makes your senses come alive. Creating a color portfolio of what appeals to you: things like a favorite painting, a beautiful flower in bloom, an unforgettable vacation, the color of your baby’s eyes. First, consider your inspirational image’s common denominators in terms of color. Do you like a variety of colors or particular shades and tints of a specific color? Do you like them bold or muted? Don’t be shy, as your inspiration plays an important role in selecting your final choices. 2. Define the Mood Is there a mood that you would like to achieve in a particular space? Do you want a restful feel in the bedroom, or an energizing feel in your entertainment space? The mood will set the groundwork on the visual impact of a chosen paint color palette from your inspiration. 3. Using Elements in Your Home Inventory all the key elements in your house. Do you have hardwood floors and modern furnishings or do you have carpet with antique furniture? The most important consideration is the color of your flooring when you choose colors because it anchors the room and can impact the color on the wall due to reflections. Your furniture also plays an important role in determining the perfect color scheme for your house. Since these are usually the most expensive items in the house, they tend to suggest a coordinating color scheme that ties everything together. Color Selection Tools at your fingertips: Each of the paint manufacturers has their color visual tools and the latest information for the trends for 2012. A few of my favorite online tools are: sherwin-williams.com benjaminmoore.com “Choosing Your Perfect Color”: Filled with illustrations and helpful tips, this flipbook is an excellent step-by-step guide to selecting paint colors for any room. Choosing paint colors is a very personal decision. Whether your selections are based on inspiration, a particular mood, or key elements in your home, by using these tools, you’ll be sure to find your perfect colors!