How To Choose Paint Colors
Choosing wall colors can be a time-consuming and frustrating task for homeowners-and that doesn’t even include the painting part! We’re here to help. Check out these 10 useful tips for how to choose paint colors, and you’ll be on your way to selecting the perfect hue for each room in your home.
Pull colors from your existing pieces
Check out trends
Go with the flow
Get a sample first
Almost all paint companies now have sample sizes that are perfect for testing colors. Due to factors such as lighting, wall texture and other colors in the room, paint can often look completely different in your home than it does on a paint chip. It could save you time and money if you change your mind on a color!
Pay attention to color collections
Consider the lighting
Different light bulbs produce variations of colors in a room. Same goes for different times of day, if a room relies on windows for light. Generally, incandescent bulbs make colors appear warmer while fluorescents tend to make colors appear cooler. Natural light reflects the truest color, which dims as the sun sets.
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Research color psychology
You can use color to evoke different emotions and moods throughout your home. For example, green is a great color for a bathroom because it feels fresh, clean and tranquil. The bathroom shown in this photo invites calm and relaxation—just add some nature sounds and it’s like a spa at home!