Looking for simple easy tips on how to pick a paint color? This is the post for you. Here are five of my best paint-picking tips.
When we moved back home to this house, we started with this room first. We replaced the ceiling and added lights and put new floors in and added new molding.
We finally painted the walls.
Not three times.
No, not even close. Truth? We painted this room FOUR times in a month. I couldn’t help it. I wanted to get it right.
(total aside: my husband has the patience of a saint)
The moral of the paint story? Sometimes you encounter a few paint speed bumps along the way to the perfect color for a room.
Total paint aside: (This one is painted Alabaster SW 7008. You can see all my other favorite white paints here).
Don’t be like me. Choose your paint wisely. If you are on a paint journey or about to be on a paint journey or think that painting a room might be in your future?
This is the post for you.
How to pick the perfect paint color for a room without repainting it four times.
Tip number one: The darkest color on the paint strip is your best friend
When you are looking at colors on two (or three different) strips of paint chips, many times the colors will appear to be 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 the point).
To see the true color hue, look at the darkest color on the strip.
Tip number two: All surfaces are not created equal
Consider your surface and these three facts before you paint.
Fact #1: When painting a ceiling any other color than white go at least one shade lighter.
Color on a ceiling appears darker than on the wall.
Fact #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.
Fact #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 anything else can throw off the tones in the paint.
Tip number three: Saturation is the Key
If you remember nothing else from this post on how to pick a paint color.
If in two months you say, “thistlewood who?”
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’s only natural, we have a tendency to go lighter with our paint choices. The only problem is, natural light and other “stuff” tend to wash out our first color choice.
Trust me on this one. You will be much happier with a little more saturation.
Tip Number Four: You Can Never Have Enough Paint
You have seen them in the paint store mixing paint. You know how it works. They take the tinted base and then add different colors.
Here’s a mixing secret that no one really talks about: no can of paint is EXACTLY the same.
The colors are usually super super close. Maybe you won’t see a difference. Maybe you will.
Don’t take the chance
If you have a large space to paint, buy a five-gallon bucket and mix your cans together before you paint.
Learn from a person with a two-tone painted room.
Tip number five: Sample, sample, sample
They sell $5.95 quart paint samples at Sherwin Williams.
Please don’t let $5.95 come between you and the perfect wall color.
When figuring out how to pick a paint color, a painted swatch on the wall or a large piece of poster board beats a paint chip color hands down every time. Paint a sample of the color you think you want and live with it for a little bit. Look at it during the afternoon. Look at it at night. Look at it during the day. Look at it on different places on the wall in your room.
Date it for a little bit before you commit.
I hope these tips on how to pick a paint color save you time.
I hope these tips save you money.
I hope these tips save you paint.
You got this my friend.
From my four-time painted room to yours. 🙂
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