How to Ease the Process of Choosing Paint Colors
While choosing paint colors can come naturally for some people, it is one of the most common dilemmas I see people struggle over. It’s also an area where people seem to make a lot of painful mistakes.
Choosing colors always came naturally for me, but then again I spent many hours as a kid playing with color crayons… I even had the colors sorted out by masculine verse feminine and then would pair them up as couples! (My parents didn’t let us watch much TV.)
We also had a book of tartans (plaids), and I spent hours mulling over the different color combinations. A little strange eh, but we’re all drawn to different things! Enough about me though, the purpose of this article is to help ease your pain when trying to decide on paint colors.
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How to choose a color scheme… It works well to base your color scheme on an area rug or the artwork you want put in the room because these are two of the hardest areas to match if you add them after you’ve done everything else. If you are starting totally from scratch, look at other rooms for inspiration in magazines. Or think about one of your favorite outdoor places, take a photo of it, and base your color scheme on that.
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Consider how long you will be in the space. If you plan to sell your home in the near future, consider painting just one accent wall if you want to add a non-neutral color. It will be easier to neutralize when you put your home on the market.
You can always keep your wall paint color neutral and add the color on your furniture! Benjamin Moore paint colors.
What are neutral colors? Warm grays are the new neutral. Also tan, beige, taupe, white, browns, and goldish tones. Green is a safer non-neutral color to use.
View the paint color in the space to be painted before purchasing your paint. Some paint colors will drastically change in the various lighting of different rooms. In the least, attach the paint swatch to the wall, and observe how it looks during different times of day and at night.
Beware of flourescent lighting in stores…. It distorts the color. If you’re in a rush, at least take the paint swatch outside to view it in natural light.
Has this information been helpful to you? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section!
For more detailed tips on pinpointing your decorating style, please refer to this post.
*Click here for tips on how to mix different sytles of furniture.
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