If you struggle with how to select paint color, you are not alone. Painting is the fastest way to transform and freshen up any room in your space or the exterior of your home. A comment I hear most and why people hold off on painting is, they really don’t feel confident picking paint colors.
There are so many beautiful colors to pick from it’s hard to choose which one. You might be wondering what color will look the best, compliment the space and blend well with everything else you have going on. Learn how to select paint color so you pick the right color the first time, because your time, money and elbow grease are involved.
LET’S DO THIS…
Make Your New Color Work For You And Not Against You
Pick colors in the same hue family as the pictures, art, furniture and accent pieces already in the room. Keep in mind, the cabinet color, flooring, tile and brick colors too, so the new color won’t clash with your existing furnishings. As you move forward in picking your colors, you will want to be clear whether you have cool or warm hues in the existing furnishings.
What are cool and warm hues?
- Colors with yellow undertones seem warmer.
- Colors with blue or red undertones will appear cooler.
Give The Space An Architectural Element
Color can be used to create architectural elements; shape, line, color, pattern, texture, and space.
- Use a contrasting color on your trim, lighter or darker than the wall, and make it stand out.
- For a model home look, it appears more cohesive if you use the same color thru the majority of your space, for example the living room, family room, dining room, office, kitchen, stairwells, foyers and hallways.
- You can accent a specific area with a different shade within the same color palette.
- Save the lively colors for a feature wall, bedrooms, play room, laundry rooms or craft rooms.
You Can’t Go Wrong With Neutrals
Maybe you’re unsure of what color to paint, but want to update a look or you’re getting your home ready to sell; it’s always okay to go with neutral colors.
When you paint a room a neutral color you can pop color in that space in many ways, thru furniture pieces, accessories, art on the wall, pillows, rugs, curtains, or throws.
White is neutral, but there are other options to freshen up a space and not use white paint. There are versions of white that are creamier so it softens the look of the walls. Beautiful tans and grays are also considered neutral and look amazing.
Bring Home Paint Swatches You Like Best
Don’t be afraid to grab quite a few, then tape it to the walls you want to paint. Look at your swatch at different times of the day. The lighting changes throughout the day. You might want to hold the swatch up next to curtains or the furniture to make sure the shade you have chosen blends well with the entire room and the furnishings.
Play it safe if you’re nervous.
Paint one wall and see how you like it for a few days. Buy only enough mixed paint for that one wall so you don’t end up with cans of mixed paint you can’t return. Or buy a sample size paint to cover a big enough space to get a good idea if you like or not.
I need to take my own advice on that. I painted my office a beautiful color. I picked out the color from within a paisley pattern on a chair I love in my office. Great idea, right? I just went for it and painted and painted and painted and listened to great music singing my heart out. After I did all that work, singing happily, I realized I COULDN’T STAND THE COLOR. I wished I would have painted a large area first since it was a color out of my normal color range, so I know from personal experience. I had to paint the room again a new NEUTRAL color so I could withstand being in my office, which is pretty important.
Is “Paint Shock” Real?
After you have finally made a decision to paint and feel good about your paint color and start painting, don’t be surprised, when you look at it, and you have “Paint Shock”. I’ve had it happen to me. I knew what color I wanted thru my entire home except the bedrooms. The color was in a model home which I visited for months and LOVED IT. I even took paint swatches to the model home to make sure I was matching the color perfectly. I couldn’t wait to paint my new color.
My daughter and I started to paint my white walls and when we were almost finished with the first room I started to flip out, like oh no, what have I done? I was in total “Paint Shock”. She says, Mom, just keep going, you know you like the color. So we kept painting and by the time I finished the main floor, I was in love with my new color. We kept that color for 12 years and everybody who came into my home loved it too.
I just like to let people know, “Paint Shock” happens.
When painting the exterior of your home, make sure to take into consideration you want your new color scheme to blend well with your brick, stone and shingles on the roof.
For exterior painting
- I highly recommend buying sample sizes of your paint colors first and painting them on your house or garage door in a 2 ft. by 2 ft. section, next to your brick or rock.
- Sometimes the color you might love will look different in natural light, much brighter than expected. You might think you have chosen a grey color scheme and it appears more blue in natural light. Or a green color can end up looking like a lime color.
- Applying sample size colors is easy to do and worth it financially to be sure it’s the desired look you want.
- If you live in a HOA community then make sure to get your exterior colors approved before you paint.
- Paint the trim,doors and accents a different color than the body of your home.
- You really do not want to paint your house exterior all one color. If you are already spending the money to paint the exterior of your home, make it look great and add some curb appeal. Using more than one color doesn’t increase the cost of paint. It’s the same.
- Sherwin Williams is a great resource for choosing color schemes that go well together. They make it easy. Even if you don’t live in a neighborhood with a Homeowners Association you can use their color scheme ideas to find the perfect colors for the exterior of your home.
Let’s Wrap It Up
Learning how to select paint color, before you buy paint, is smart. Painting is an investment of work, money and time, so think it thru before you go buy your paint. It’s best to buy paint with primer in it.
Painting is the fastest way to transform and freshen up your space or the exterior of your home. Find colors that complement the space and blend well with everything else you have going on and then PAINT. Get your supplies together, (buy paint supplies here from Amazon), move stuff out of the way, put on some great music and have a painting party even if you are by yourself.