Top 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Stain and Paint Colors

Why do certain colors work together, and others do not? How do you choose paint and stains that will work together in your kitchen, dining room, living room and bedroom? This guide will help you answer these questions, and more, as you begin to understand the importance in tying in your color choice within your living space.

Here are the main 5 questions to ask yourself before visiting Martin’s Furniture to discuss your furniture purchase.


1. What existing furniture and interior stains are in your home?

The first thing you want to do is analyze the current living space in your home. Let’s say you are interested in choosing a new table for your kitchen. Look at your space and observe: what color are the walls painted? What is the color on your cabinets? What color is your floor? Is your trim painted or stained? Are there any other pieces of furniture in your kitchen that are painted or stained? Answer these same questions if you’re considering adding furniture to your dining room, living room or bedroom.

2. Is Your living space currently filled with solid color or patterns?

Do you have patterns in your room? Is there wallpaper? What does your backsplash look like? If you do have patterned walls or stylized back splashes, then opt for a solid color tone for your custom ordered furniture. This will provide a perfect balance in your living space. However, if your room is simpler, then opt for a more detailed or multiple-colored piece of furniture to bring equilibrium.

3. What colors are in the decor of your living space?

So, how do you connect all the colors within your living space, including your home decor? The existing color relationship between the rooms in your house will have an impact on whether your house feels jarringly chopped or harmonious. Consider your wall decor—what color are your clocks, and artwork or photo frames? Does your room have items on display like colored bowls, or antiques? What colors do you see the most in your room? Opting for colors that are in perfect harmony and relate to each other will give your entire living space a perfect flow.

4. What undertones are in your room?

Most colors in your home have a primary color, but underneath that color, there is an undertone. Undertones make the primary color warmer or cooler by adding red or blue respectively. If you have blue or green counters in your kitchen then you should always keep in mind that your blue and green counters may make a cherry wood table to appear very red. Additionally, if your flooring has yellow or orange undertones, a gray or blue piece of furniture will be intensified.

5. Do you want to pull out a certain color?

Do you want to make a certain color in your room pop? You can do this with your decor or wall color, or you can make your piece of furniture the focal point of your room. If you’re in the market for a new kitchen table and desire it to be the focal point, you may wish to choose a table for its bright color or vibrant stain.

After you’ve answered these five main questions about your living space, you’re probably realizing that you are beginning to understand the importance of tying in your color choices for stains and paints with your living space. Take a look at our products online whether it’s for your dining roomliving room or bedroom, and then call to schedule an appointment with Martin’s Furniture, so we can help you customize your new piece of furniture and find the perfect fit for your home.

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