Choosing the Right Paint Color: Matching Techniques for Different Types of Surfaces and Materials

Color is an essential component to achieving your ideal home decor situation. The right paint color can drastically change the mood, look, and feel of a room, creating a cohesive look throughout your home.

However, it’s not just the color that matters. It’s also important to consider the specific surfaces and materials in your home that you’d like to complement or emphasize. We’re here to help you figure out how to match your paint to the various surfaces and materials within your home so you can bring your interior design dreams to life.


Contrast and balance

When painting furniture to match your walls, it’s important to consider all of the existing colors and patterns in the room. Look for colors that complement the flooring, other furniture, and decor within the space, as well as the wall color.

If you have light wood floors and a light neutral color on your walls, you could make drastically different statements by either choosing a neutral color for your furniture or going with something more bold and unique.

When there are a lot of patterns and colors present in a room, it’s best to choose colors that pull from those existing colors to keep things cohesive rather than overwhelming.

Don’t forget the ceiling

Ceilings are often overlooked when it comes to paint color, but they can have a big impact on the overall look of the room.

Consider the height of your ceiling– if the ceiling is low, you should choose a light color to open up the space and help it feel light and airy. 

If you have a high ceiling, choosing a darker color can be an unexpected way to help the space feel cozier and more intimate.

Trim and molding matter, too!

The trim and molding within your space can have a big impact on the way your paint feels within the space.

When you’re deciding on a paint color for your trim, be sure to consider finish. A glossy color for trim can give a room a crisp, dynamic look, while a matte trim– depending on the color and context– could give the room an unintentional flat or drab feel.

Matching cabinets and furniture

If you’re trying to match a paint color to existing cabinets and furniture, you might want to take advantage of paint matching technology. You can accomplish this by working with a professional to create a new paint color that matches an existing color within your home.

Creating a new color that perfectly matches the hue and finish of an existing color in your home can make it easy to make seamless repairs on any damage that might exist on your furniture. It can also help you create a cohesive look by making sure all of your favorite pieces match.

Seek out a professional opinion

At Kaufman by Design, our in-house design experts are here to help you find the perfect color scheme that will elevate your space and help your interior design dreams become a reality. From paint matching to color scheme advice, we’re here to help. Just give a call today and we’ll get to work!