It's great to collect paint chips when planning a room, but hold off
making final choices until you've developed an overall room
Paint is available in literally an infinite array of colors and is the
most versatile element of your room decor, the easiest to change, and
the least expensive.
Get ideas but make the final decision after rugs,
wallpaper, and fabrics are finalized.
Coordinate Decorating Samples
When you go shopping, you'll need to refer to your fabric, carpet,
tile, wallpaper, and trim samples constantly.
Be sure to take
everything with you wherever you go. No telling where you might see
Really Study the Colors
You'll find clues about the underlying tones of different shades of a
color on a full sample strip of coordinated colors.
Even if you're not
even considering using a darker tone, look at all the colors
Decide if the family of colors is the direction you're headed with your
Tried and True Formula for Colors
If you're working with a print fabric, you'll probably be happier if
you select the coordinating wall paint color from the background of the
Use the deeper or brighter tones for accents throughout the room
or adjacent spaces.
Trim it Out
More often than not, you'll select a shade of white or
off-white for the moldings, doors, and windows.
If you're feeling
brave, consider the palest shade of color to coordinate with the
For a really striking look, try lighter walls and dark tones or bright
color for trim.
Warm or Cool?
Colors are often referred to as "warm" and "cool."
red, and pink are considered "warm" colors, while blues, greens, and
violet are thought to be "cool."
Knowing the theory behind color can
help you select the right tone for the feel you're trying to achieve.
Keep Notes as You Shop
It's a good idea to make a note on the back of the paint color cards,
telling yourself the name of the store where you picked it up,
paint brand whenever this information isn't printed there already.
Since most home centers and hardware stores carry more than one brand
you may discover the perfect color, and then find you can't
remember where you got the sample!
Then you'll have to start over. Ugh!
Shed a Little Light
The best way to get a true view of a paint color is to look at it in
many lights. Take the paint chip outside to see it in natural
Look at in under an incandescent and fluorescent light.
Best yet, take
the paint chip, fabrics, and accessories to the room in which they'll
Check out the colors there.
Measuring Works Magic
Take your room measurements with you to the paint store or home
The professional at the store will help you determine the correct
quantity of paint to buy for your job.
Or you might use your numbers to
consult one of the handy online paint estimators to get an idea of how
much paint you'll need for your project.
Remember primer and trim
Ask, Ask, Ask!
For helpful paint advice, go both online and to your local paint
Tell the paint professional about your project and goals for your
Ask which paint products they recommend, and why.
Get information on specialty paints such as low-odor, stain-killing
primers, chalkboard paint, washable paint, and many more.
Custom Color Matching
If you want to achieve a perfect match or find a truly unique color,
your paint store or home center offers custom color mixing.
it possible to bring in a fabric swatch, painting, or other color
reference, and have a paint color created to be a perfect match.
Home Depot or Lowe's or call a local hardware store to inquire.
Look Up to the Ceiling
Light colors are usually most pleasing for a ceiling, because ceilings
are seen in shadow.
If you'd like the ceiling to match the wall color,
buy ceiling paint one or two shades lighter than the wall color (on its
Or, dilute your wall color with white paint in a ratio of
25% color to 75% white.
White is Not Always White
Trying to find the perfect white can be a challenge!
off-whites have subtle color, so compare paint chips to your fabrics
and flooring to determine if a warmer pinkish or yellow-toned white
or a cooler, bluer white -- is best for your room.
Try it on for Size
When you think that you've really chosen your perfect color, buy a pint
of paint to do a test patch. This will prove to be excellent insurance
for less than $10.00.
Paint a 12-48" square on a board or directly on
your wall. Look at it during the day, morning, evening, and night.
does it look with with the room's flooring, wallcoverings, and fabric
choices? If it isn't right, get another pint and try again.
We like to
test three colors at once to save time. You'll undoubtedly find the