You’re ready to spruce up those tired old rooms, but overwhelmed at trying to find just the right colors. There are so many shades of paint colors available today that it can be daunting selecting the right ones for your rooms.

Here are some tips in selecting paint colors for your rooms.

Living Rooms – Bold wall colors with contrasting trim can accentuate the room’s carpets, furnishings and accessories. On the other hand, neutral colors give a feeling of openness.

A unique look can be created by using several colors in the room. Choose an accent wall for a vibrant color and use lighter shades or a neutral color on the others.

Crown molding and window trim can be painted a contrasting color or a few shades lighter or darker than the wall.

Dining Rooms – Colors for dining rooms should evoke elegance and warmth. Benjamin Moore Paints suggests warm reds, greys or corals as good choices for the walls. A glossy white trim will highlight the colors.

Kitchens – Earthy colors such as beige and brown and warm hues including grey, green, yellow and red work well in a kitchen.  The color of cabinets and appliances as well as countertops and backsplashes play a role in the color scheme.

Bedrooms – Soothing, peaceful colors such as taupe or similar neutral shades, create a calming nuance. Green is also a great color. It is both warm and cool and there are many shades to choose,

Bathrooms – Pastels give a sense of serenity. For a small bathroom, consider bright, but not bold, colors. White trim will give a crisp look. A satin or eggshell finish is best for the walls since it will stand up to steam and moisture and can be easily wiped compared to a flat finish.

Ceilings – Often called the fifth wall, ceilings are most always overlooked for color. These don’t always have to be white. A pastel hue on the ceiling can give a soft glow to a room. Use a dark color for the ceiling if the walls are light for a sharp contrast.

Foyers/hallways – A rich, warm hue gives a great welcoming. Barn red, linen or a blue-gray are good choices.

Paint finishes – In addition to choosing the right color, choosing the paint’s finish is just as important. Flat or matte finishes on the wall produces rich colors and are best for most rooms. Satin or eggshell finishes should be used in kitchens and bathrooms for easy cleaning. Semi-gloss or high gloss helps trim stand out and are very durable and washable.

Choosing the proper colors, finishes, accents and textures will provide warmth, depth and appeal to a room while highlighting features and architectural details in your home.  A professional painting contractor or interior decorator can help steer you in the right direction.