Choosing paint colors is a daunting task for most and as a designer, believe me it still is a daunting task. One gallon of paint contains the ability to awaken your senses by triggering and evoking emotions determining the overall vibe of your space … no pressure there!
For me choosing a paint color is very complex, it’s personal … like opening that new box of crayons; having a world of color in your hands, where do you start and what a responsibility it is!
Guide for Choosing Paint Colors:
Keep stress level down you’ll find the right color. Keep this in you back pocket ~ If the color is not what you envisioned a little primer and you can start over.
I once painted my kitchen a bright in my opinion horrible blue then repainted as soon as I was able with a primer.
I learned that day about the wonders of a good primer.
Think of the overall vibe of your space.
Each space connects to the next creating a flow in most “public” spaces of homes, the result is that one decision affects the next. Bedrooms can get a pass especially if you have children because these private spaces are separate from your “public” spaces.
Paint colors are connected to the light in your space, fabric choices for furniture, windows and pillows and also to accessories such as area rugs and artwork.
So here is where “just” choosing a paint color becomes even more complex and thoughtful.
Find your inspiration.
Inspirations can come from anywhere; a painting, a favorite vacation spot, colors from nature or your favorite artist.
Keep an open mind with all your options on the table until final decisions are made and above all don’t rush it, no good decision happens when it’s rushed.
Know what you like and know that it’s ok that your friend doesn’t like it.
I have been on consultations where my client has her friend over to help her choose paint colors and with all good intentions of both people the choice becomes even more difficult.
All of us have an idea of what we like but it’s how to translate it through design that is the challenge especially with limited time.
Choosing a foyer paint color this past month, my husband and I both like gray so I was on the hunt for the perfect gray for our foyer.
But what shade of gray, deep charcoal or light and chalky? Should it skew to brown, purple or blue? What paint finish works for the space matte, flat semi-gloss? Warm or cool tone? What shade/hue??
To help answer these questions here are a few of my tips~
Head out to the paint store …
Choose a few colors you gravitate towards at the paint store bring the color strips home look at them in your space.
Examine the Color Strip
The color strip will tell you all the subtle nuances.
In the gray paint example above I had narrowed it down to two paint colors. By examining the color strip of one I could easily see that one paint color skewed towards brown. However, the other color was not part of a color strip so I looked up the information on line and was able to determine that the other was a pure pale gray.
Sample the paint on your wall …
Once you’ve narrowed down your color choices buy samples and try them on the wall in the space where you will be painting. My recommendation is 2 coats in several locations next to each other to see how the light and what you have in your home works with the colors.
Final decision time … buy a quart.
So now I’m down to 2 choices and I’m at a stalemate.
Because paint samples are generally available only in a satin finish it’s time to spend the extra money to buy a quart of the exact finish and paint type you will be using to see the true color. Use a roller and paint a good size section of each color. Wait till they dry, look at them the next day with a fresh eye and live with them for a bit.
Have you made your final decision???