What do you want from your home? To get it into good condition to sell it? To be comfortable and happy, and feel good looking at it? To impress your friends and others?
Once you figure out who you want to satisfy, you can start to choose how to decorate and build up your home to achieve your goals.
If you want to just be happy with your own family, loving the home you are in, and plan to stay in it for a while, choose wall and floor colors you like and that make everyone happy. In darker rooms, paint or wallpaper in lighter colors. In bright rooms, you can choose darker colors. It's not a good idea to use very dark colors unless you have a theme room that utilizes a dark color. It's annoying to most people, and it's harder to paint over with lighter colors – which will need to be done if you decide to sell the house or move. One house across the street had purple walls – it took 3 years to sell!
If you are looking to sell, paint the rooms in white or a light off-white. This will make the rooms look bigger and clean. It will also be easy for someone to paint over in colors they like, or to wallpaper over.
To impress others, you might choose white or a combination of wallpaper or trim that gives a "home" type feel. Put your personality into the décor. Make the colors blend in with the furniture and appliances. If things look in place, people coming into the house will appreciate it.Plan your furniture and wall units (cabinets and shelves) to match the mood of the room – if light colors, buy lighter colored furniture. Once in a while a mix of some dark in a light room works, but you have to look for the right combination.
You can use colors to strategically "hide" imperfections – or features you don't want to be noticed or "out there." These can include pipes, conduits, gutters, etc. Paint them to blend in.
For the outside – gauge your colors from the roof and brick – the parts that are stable. Brick is not something you should change color of – but you can change wood, so figure out what colors are set.
If your roof is black, you might want a light color to complement it, and not have a totally dark looking home. If it's brown – colors are more flexible.
Figure out the trim and doors – you might want to have a slightly contrasting but complementary color for the trim. Make sure your front door is the focal point in color – that is what people will naturally "see" the most. Complement the trim to play this up. For the garage door – blend it in to the main color of the home – no one wants to look at a garage door that really stands out. Get paint chips from the store to place next to the areas you are looking to change. Take a screenshot of furniture and compare it in the room you are trying to fill. When you choose colors, realize the amount of work to do when it comes time to sell – dark paint is harder to paint to lighter, and cabinets are work-intensive to replace. Remember - my friend who painted many rooms purple took a long time to sell the house. Also – brighter colors are better for moods. Above all, make it a place you feel at home in and can enjoy spending time in. PR