How To Choose The Right Paint Color For Your Space

September 30, 2019


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It’s the age-old dilemma. You move in, decide to renovate, or build your new home, but that means picking paint colors. You spend hours in the paint aisle looking at samples, paint test strips on the walls of each room, and go back and forth between shades of the same color for days. How does one possibly decide?! Today we’re helping you out with some of our current favorite paint color options, and giving you some fun facts about how the colors you choose can actually affect your mood!

Neutrals (White & Grey)

This kitchen at The Highland House is mostly white, but the wood floors, tile backsplash and decorative accents keep it from feeling boring!

While at first, all white might sound a little boring, but white and grey rooms tend to feel peaceful, classic, and clean, and are perfectly ready to accent! Not to mention, light wall colors make a room feel so much bigger. It’s no secret we love designing neutral spaces. The key to a neutral room is your accent colors – add metals, lots of wood accents, or pops of black or bright colors (or a combination!) to keep neutrals from feeling sterile.

This guest room at The Highland House is bright and welcoming!
#TheTonkaHouse Living Room Reveal
A large rug, wood accents and colorful decor pieces give the living room at The Tonka House the perfect amount of color.
No one could call this white kitchen at the Game Farm Reno boring. Look at all those wood accents!
I’m obsessed with these gold accents in the office at our Highlands House project! Paint color: Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore

Dark Colors

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you can go dark with black or dark green, blue or grey. These are definitely dramatic, but effective! Black is known for being a color to represent power, and that’s definitely apparent with this dark and moody office in The Tonka House! The dark brick and dark grey trim and shelving give this office majorly powerful, masculine and productive vibes.

#TheTonkaHouse Office Reveal


Blue is known for being popular in bedrooms and bathrooms, and for good reason: it’s associated with feelings of calm and relaxation, which is perfect for your home. We try to lean toward more neutral blues – think blue-grey vs. royal blue – in order to keep your home looking classic.



Green is another commonly used bedroom paint color, because it’s also calming and stress-relieving, and reminds us of nature! Again, shoot for a neutral green rather than bright – you want your space to feel relaxing, not overwhelming! An accent wall of a darker green is a great choice, too.


Bright Colors

While we don’t use them often, sometimes a pop of bright color is exactly what a room needs. Bright colors (think oranges, yellows, pinks) bring energy and happiness to a room – not to mention, they’re so much FUN! Rather than painting an entire room, though, we tend to stick to an accent wall or fixture to bring all the excitement without overwhelming the space.

This accent wall in the playroom at the Countryside Custom has the same energy as the kids that will hang out there!
#TheTonkaHouse Kitchen Reveal
A blue island is the perfect accent in this gorgeous neutral kitchen over at The Tonka House!
#CountrysideCustom Girls' Bathroom Reveal
How about this HOT PICK TUB over at our Countryside Custom?! We also broke up the neutral colors with a gorgeous floral wallpaper in this space.
#CountrysideCustom Mudroom Reveal
More beautiful accent pieces at the Countryside Custom!

So tell me, what paint or accent colors do you use in your home? Why did you pick them? Make sure you tag us @almahomes on Instagram so we can see the colors you choose!

Photography: Laura Rae Photography, Spacecrafting Photography, Sarah Olfelt Photo, Alma Homes

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