How to Pick a Paint Color

Painting a room is the easiest and least expensive way to transform the personality of a space. However, choosing the right color can be a stressful decision. Here are some tips to ease your selection process.

1. Get ideas after all your big purchases are bought. Use decor items such as, pictures, pillows, rugs or pottery for inspiration to choose a color. Shopping around to see what’s available in the potential colors is always a good idea. The color you really like in paint color may not have anything available in decor to match with it.

2. Check the undertones in your paint color. This can be done when placing your paint samples together. Then, you can tell if there is a hint of another color coming through. For example, grays can look mauve, purple, blue, green or even brown.

3. Check your paint sample at different times of the day in the room you will be painting. Daylight can make your paint look completely different than it would at night. Start by placing it in the center of a white sheet of paper and hold it upright or flush against the wall. Because paint colors reflect on each other, the white paper allows you to see the true color.

4. Match the color to your moulding. The color will be right next to it and colors will look different next to different shades of wood. Some rooms can have a lot of wood in it, such as a kitchen and the color may not make your wood look good. For example, yellow can wash out light oak trim or cabinets. In that case you might want to pick a different color. By doing this you can decide how much you want your color to stand out.

5. Give it a few days rest to think about it and then check the colors again to make sure that you chose the right color. Most stores have small sample cans for sale to test. If needed, make a larger swatch by painting a section of poster board, but make sure to leave some white around the edges.

6. Choose the finish for the paint. Finishes such as matte, eggshell or flat hide imperfections, while the glossier finishes reflect more light. It’s best to go over the options with a professional at your paint store.

7. Know that some paint changes its color with each coat. To get the true color on your swatch, paint more than one coat. Usually it takes 2 to 3 coats to get the true color. Also remember that when painting over a dark color you may need to prime the wall first or use paint and primer in one.

Everyone sees color differently, so be careful asking too many people their opinion. After all, it’s your room and your style that you’re expressing and your the one that is going to live with it.