September 29, 2022

Picture this: 


You walk into Home Depot or Lowes, on a mission for the paint color that you are so set on. You have it all planned out and envisioned in your head, and you have been sure you want this certain color for a total of three days. 


You feel so sure as you march towards the paint aisle, each step a step towards a temporary solution for a mental health issue.


You’re speed walking, beads of sweat starting to form on your forehead. You’re jittery with excitement. You know exactly what color and what shade you want. 


Until you actually get to the paint section and see walls of sample paint cards. You break out in more than just beads of sweat as you pace back and forth, looking over all the samples until you eventually get overwhelmed and walk out of the store with your head hung low. 


Defeat once again.


How’d we end up here? Well, the first wrong step you made was deciding to paint your room as a substitute for therapy. 


But in all seriousness, the actual problem probably revolves around everything else except the actual paint color. 


I know that sounds crazy, but hear me out.


Before you were so set on the paint color, did you think of how your other decor and furniture in your room would look against that paint color? 


Did you think about any other colors that you’d been drawn to recently? 


Did you make a quick decision just because you were rushed for time?


More effort goes into choosing a paint color than one might think at first. To avoid this common distress and unfortunate experience, you should consider what else is going on in your room color-wise, and also what colors you have been drawn to the most. 


For example, some people will pick a basic shade of white because it goes with everything, but then end up seeing a pastel color and being opened up to a bunch of new ideas that they could do with their room.


Really, it boils down to this:




Aesthetics really help identify the vibe of the room you want to create and what decor is going to be a part of your room. By first identifying this, picking the paint color will be less overwhelming because you’ll already have base colors to go off of. 


For example, if you wanted to go for a cottagecore aesthetic, you wouldn’t pick a deep purple for your walls. You would probably pick a cream, a light beige or brown, or a green because it matches with the aesthetic and decor.


So next time you want to paint your room a different color, try identifying the aesthetic you want your room to have first, it’ll help immensely and hopefully you won’t be going back and forth between five different colors. Also, it always helps to think it over for more than three days.

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Grace Davis is a senior writing and publishing major and is an editor on the Siren. This is her second year on the Siren and the second year for her column, R.E.D.O. Your Room with Grace. When she’s not writing or editing for the Siren, she can be found at her allstar cheer gym, reading, or playing video games.

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