How to Choose the Right Paint Color

So you’ve decided to go for it—you’re FINALLY going to get around to painting the family room walls, that cabinet in the dining room that needs some serious attention, or that fun accent chair that you bought at Goodwill. Your mind’s made up, and you waltz right into Home Depot’s paint section to check out all the colors. You spend two hours looking at 874 different shades of white, then you finally just go home, empty-handed because your mind is fried and your eyeballs are DRAINED trying to figure out the difference between “Snowball White” and “Crisp Mountain White.”

Sound familiar? My goodness… picking out paint colors is OVERWHELMING. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but here are a few tips that may lead you to feeling a little less stressed when you walk into that daunting section of the home-supply store.

1. Choose a Color You Love

It is so important to choose a color/color scheme that you personally love. We get so caught up in trying to follow the latest style “trends” that sometimes, it’s easy to design and decorate a whole house based on what’s trendy right now rather than the style that makes your heart fill with joy. Who cares if you HATE the whole gray color palette that’s “in” right now? You’re the one that will wake up and see your home every day. You need to love it! Home is the most wonderful place to be.

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2. Bold or Neutral?

Do you find yourself drawn to rich, bold colors? Warm neutrals? Light and airy solids? Mix them around! If you really want a bold wall color, tone down the room with more neutral furniture and accents. Or on the other hand, if you really want to use the lime green vintage couch that’s been waiting to make its appearance, then counteract the loud colors in your accents with a more neutral wall color.

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Bold walls with neutral furniture
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Neutral walls with bold accents

3. Let Your Accents Help You

Choose a color that comes from one of the larger accents in the room. For example, if you have a really amazing area rug that you’re dying to use, choose a color from that rug to use on your walls or furniture. Fun pillows? Match your color swatches to them, and go from there!

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4. Keep it Consistent

You definitely don’t have to have the same color throughout your whole entire house, but if you want the rooms in your home to “flow” well, it is important to keep a consistent color scheme among the different spaces. For example, let’s say that you love the gray palette. In the larger, more open spaces in your home, a lighter gray would be more suitable, but in the master bedroom, you may use a darker, richer gray to upscale the space. If some level of consistency isn’t maintained, it can quickly feel like a Crayola explosion happened. But hey, if that’s your thing, then go all in, because remember, it’s what YOU love!

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5. Test it Out

It’s never a bad idea to buy the sample size of paint to try it out on a small space in your home. Sometimes, paint can take on different shades depending on how much natural light is in the room, what time of day it is, etc. Paint a small area, observe it in the morning, afternoon, and at night to see if you still like it during all of those times.

Picking out paint is always a chore, but it doesn’t have to be miserable and overwhelming! Let it be a fun process that you actually enjoy. And if you find yourself still needing some help in the area, get in touch with us! We’d love to help.

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