Hello shortcut rock stars.
If you’ve been following along on the challenge we are almost through.
We’ve been busy.
We’ve discussed the one thing every lamp needs and how to transform a builder-grade door for under $10 and an easy way to makeover furniture and a unique hardware DIY. and simple ideas for the perfect centerpiece.
And today we are talking to our rooms and telling them not to worry.
(total aside: having discussions with inanimate objects is my specialty)
We are telling them that there’s no cause for concern or consternation in the paint department because we are about to read a primer on how to pick out paint.
How to pick out a paint color they will love.
How to get it right the very first time.
How to walk into a paint store boldly and confidently armed with knowledge and wisdom.
Here are easy tips for picking a paint color.
Start with the darkest color
When you are standing in front of the paint display and you are overwhelmed.
You have a friend there just waiting to meet you—-the darkest color at the bottom of the paint strip.
Start with by selecting two (or three different) strips of paint chips somewhere in the color range that you like. The colors may look similar. You may scratch your head and tell yourself that these colors look almost exactly the same.
THEY ARE NOT!
Do not be fooled.
Each strip of paint color chips is tinted in a slightly different direction.
For example, a khaki could have a pink base or a blue base. A gold can have a green base or a brown base. A red could have an orange base or a pink base. (I think you get my paint point). To see the true color tint, look at the darkest color on the strip. This color has the most color saturation and you can see the true base color much more easily.
The darkest paint color helps you to narrow down your choices.
All surfaces are not created equal
It’s easy to get confused when painting different surfaces in the room.
Color doesn’t always look the same depending on where you are painting.
1. Painting a ceiling any other color than white go at least one shade lighter.
Color on a ceiling appears darker than on the wall.
2. When choosing a color for the floor, always go one or two shades lighter.
The color on the floor appears darker than on the wall.
3. When looking at a paint chip in the store, hold it next to something white to see the true color.
Holding it next to another color instead of white can throw off the tones in the paint.
Pay attention to your saturation
If you remember nothing else from this post.
If in two months you say, “thistlewood who?”
Please, please, please remember this unsolicited advice when you are standing in front of that paint display:
Find the color you want. And then? Go one shade darker.
It can be overwhelming.
The challenge is that natural light and tons of “stuff” tend to wash out our first color choice.
Trust me on this one. You will be much happier with a little more saturation.
You Can Never Have Enough Paint
When you go to a paint store and choose a paint color, the process starts with a tinted base that is mixed with different colors. Here’s the secret: no one can of paint is exactly the same.
They are close. Maybe you won’t see a difference. Maybe you will.
Don’t take the chance.
Buy a five-gallon bucket and mix your cans together before you paint.
Learn from a person with a two-tone painted room.
Sample, sample, sample
They sell paint samples for under $7.00.
Do not let $7.00 come between you and the perfect wall color.
Paint that sample on a piece of poster board and move it to different walls in the room.
Look at it in the morning.
Look at it at night.
Look at it from every angle and in every light before you make your decision.
Then choose your paint confidently.
I hope these tips for picking a paint color have helped.
I hope your rooms live long and prosper.
I hope your spaces are full of the perfect paint.
You got this.
Here’s to standing up to the paint chip display….
…and showing it who’s boss. 🙂