Selecting the Right Paint Color for a Space is a Challenge. Below are our Top 10 Tips for Getting it Right the First Time Around.
Selecting the right paint color for a space in your home, or for your entire home, can be quite a challenge. Often homeowners will choose a paint color based on a color they admired at a friend’s house or a color they’ve seen somewhere else. This is mistake #1, paint colors can look completely different based on the environment they are in. Therefore, that color that looked wonderful in your neighbors’ bathroom could look very disappointing in your living room. This is because light, natural and artificial, can change the appearance of any given color.
- Always test your color choices in the space! Colors can look very different in different lighting situations, orientation to the sun and location (natural light), and fluorescent, incandescent, LEDs, CFLs and halogen bulbs (artificial light). Natural light shows the truest colors. Fluorescent light enhances blues and greens, and diminishes warmer hues while incandescent light enhances warmer tones and yellows. LEDs are more flexible than other bulbs and tend to look good with most paint colors. With CFLs it depends on the bulb, so check the Kelvin rating. The lower the number, the warmer the bulb. Full spectrum and halogen bulbs both closely resemble daylight and make colors stand out more.
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- Never select paint colors from a 1”x 2” swatch from the paint store. To determine the best color choice paint large samples on the wall, at least 18”x24”.
- If your wall currently has paint color on it, paint your large sample on a white poster board and tape it to the wall rather than painting your sample over the existing color. The existing color on the wall will most likely influence the sample color in a bad way.
- Leave the samples up until you are comfortable with the way the color looks at different times of the day and in different weather conditions.
- All beiges have an undertone. The four undertones of beige are: yellow, green, orange and pink. It is very important to pay attention to these undertones when pairing neutral colors.
- Gray is the trendy neutral right now, gray can have blue, green or purple undertones.
- You will easily achieve a successful color palette if you keep the undertones of all of your neutrals the same.
- Determine the undertones of your fixed finishes, such as carpeting, countertops, flooring and tile. Then select paint colors with the same undertone for a pleasing effect.
- Be bold! Mix warm and cool tones for a more interesting and customized palette. If your matte blue room has become dull and boring, bring in some pops of yellow to liven up the room.
- Get inspired! Check out these Paint Colors on Pinterest. You’ll be sure to find a color you love that truly is an expression of you!
That’s it! Now you should feel more confident when choosing paint colors for your home. Remember, this is supposed to be fun! Don’t get overwhelmed; just take a deep breath and paint!