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5 interior paint colors to consider

Check Angie's List for great tips on finding the perfect interior paint for your home. (Photo courtesy of Charles Ungashick)

Check Angie's List for great tips on finding the perfect interior paint for your home. (Photo courtesy of Charles Ungashick)

Selecting an interior paint color can be a daunting experience. Once the room is painted, the homeowner feels stuck -- at least for a little while. The thought of interior paint being permanent is frightening to homeowners, so they often choose traditional colors; although non-traditional colors can be fun.

The following are five colors homeowners should consider as they redecorate their homes:

Red
Most homeowners shy away from red when they are painting the interiors of their home. Red might be too bright or may even make them feel angry. However, the boldness of red paint is the perfect addition to a once-boring room. Red walls with black accents offer a sophisticated, oriental feel. According to the University of Hawaii, red is associated with rage. Yet, it is also associated with passion and excitement, making it the perfect color for a romantic bedroom or to brighten a room with no windows.

Black
Black is not a paint color that usually tops the list of good interior design choices. But, black is a paint color used in some of the most sophisticated designs around the world -- like black and white. A black and white interior design is simple, yet timeless. It adds a classic look to the kitchen, bathroom, living room or bedroom. With some black and white designs, a black accent wall is an excellent way to offset traditional white walls.

Purple
Purple paint in a little girl's room? Maybe. Although light purple can make a little girl's room very pretty, deep purple is a romantic and passionate color that is excellent for adult bedrooms, or even a sitting room. Light purple also works well in a feminine bathroom. The bright, breezy feel of light purple adds depth to a room with many windows, and even a screened-in porch.

Powder blue
Powder blue paint is often associated with a baby boy’s room, and is a perfect interior color for nautical or sea-themed rooms. Of course, not everyone enjoys this look, but powder blue matches almost all wall art and accents. If it is light enough, powder blue can be used in any room as an alternate for white walls.

Yellow
Anyone who has seen a room painted with a poor shade of yellow will tend to shy away from this color. However, when the right shade is chosen and used correctly, yellow can be a beautiful color to brighten up a room. Yellow is perfect for a child's room -- especially one with many windows. Decorate with white and pastel accents to create a bright and happy living space for your child. While it can make windowless interior rooms like bathrooms look dingy, yellow is a good choice for bright and airy living rooms. However, homeowners should test several colors of yellow before choosing.


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