I don’t know about you, but when I start a craft or design project one of the first things I think about is color. Sometimes I already have a color in mind; but now I need to narrow it down to the exact shade.
I know when I’m working on a total redesign of a room the first thing I do head out to the Home Improvement Store and load up on paint chips. But, really, how many shades of grey are there? You know what I mean?! Well today I’m going to share with you my best tips for How to Choose the Perfect Paint Color.
The great thing about paint is that it’s super easy to change. It’s also relativity inexpensive. That said, you still want to give yourself the best experience with the least amount of hassle. A little planning can go a long way! Let’s get started.
1 – Determine the key elements in the room. Did you know that your paint color is supposed to be the last thing you choose for a room? I know that usually we select a paint color first and then try to decorate around it. However, you need to take a look at your key elements. For example, in a living room. You probably already have a couch; that is a key element. Do you have rug? That would also be a key element. Determine what your color pallet for the room is and then select a complimentary paint color. Also, make sure your colors flow with the other colors used in the house.
2 – Consider the lighting in the room. How well lit is the room? How much sunlight does it get? Paint will appear different colors (or deeper and lighter) as the sunlight hits it.
3 – What is the mood you are trying to create in that space? You can imagine that paint might be different for a relaxing bedroom or an upbeat kitchen. Consider this when selecting your colors.
4 – Now, armed with your key elements, the lighting and the mood you are ready to select a color pallet. You may want a neutral ceiling and trim with a bold accent wall. You may choose two shades of the same color. Use the color swatches to make sure your colors match in tone. Again, make sure you keep in mind the colors used (or to be used) in the rest of the house.
5 – Once you have your color(s) selected it’s a good idea to test your choice. Maybe purchase a smaller amount of the paint and go home and paint a few swatches on the walls. I like to do this and then see how the colors react at different times of the day with the sunlight. This allows you to make adjustments for a lighter or darker shade. Once you’ve decided, go ahead and purchase your paint in the quantities you need and start painting!
And one more tip: It’s a great idea to hold onto those paint samples as you shop for accessories for the room. It’s also helpful to use those to compare to when selecting paint colors for other rooms in the house. Coordinate!
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful. I know that selecting the perfect paint color can be daunting. However, if you take this advice and do a little planning you can be sure to choose the perfect paint color for your project.