Ready to give your space a fresh, vibrant makeover with a brand new coat of paint but unsure about choosing the perfect color? We’ve got you covered!
In my latest video, I’m sharing the ultimate guide to paint selection. Discover the impact of lighting, and learn how to create a cohesive color palette that complements your style. Plus, I’ll reveal the secrets to selecting the best paint samples and testing them in your space, making sure you get it right the first time!
Choosing the right paint color for your home can be both exciting and challenging. The perfect hue can transform a space, but with so many options available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. That’s where our step-by-step guide comes in. We’ll help you navigate the process of selecting a paint color that will harmonize with your home’s design elements and reflect your desired ambiance.
Step 1: Consider Your Home’s Design Elements
The first step in choosing the perfect paint color is to assess your home’s existing design elements. Take a look around and ask yourself some essential questions:
- Do you have warmer design elements, like a backsplash, wood furniture, or flooring?
- Are you planning to make changes to these elements in the near future?
- Do other features in your home require a specific color palette to complement them?
Your paint color should work harmoniously with your home’s surroundings. While you may have a particular color theme in mind, it’s crucial to take into account the existing elements in your space. Sometimes, the most complementary choice might differ from your initial preference.
Step 2: Find Inspiration & Brainstorm
Gathering inspiration is a crucial part of the paint selection process. You can find inspiration in various ways, such as:
- Scouring Pinterest for color palettes and room inspiration.
- Consulting with friends, neighbors, or design-savvy acquaintances.
- Seeking guidance from professional color consultants who can provide expert advice. Below are a few local color consultants we refer to our clients. They will charge anywhere from $150-$200
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Consider the mood you want to create in each room. Cooler colors, like blues and greens, can evoke a sense of calm and relaxation, making them perfect for bedrooms or tranquil spaces. On the other hand, warm colors, such as reds and yellows, can stimulate energy and happiness, making them ideal for social areas like living rooms or kitchens. Your choice of color can significantly impact the atmosphere in your home.
Step 3: Get Samples Made
One of the most crucial steps in the paint selection process is getting samples made. It’s nearly impossible to predict how a color will look in your space based solely on a small swatch or a digital image. Here’s how you can make sure you get it right:
- Drawdowns: This is my personal favorite way to get a sample. You can ask paint stores, such as Hirshfields or Sherwin Williams, to create “drawdowns” of your chosen colors. First the store will make you a quart of that paint color but if you specifically tell them you want a draw down they will put that paint on a 8 by 10 piece of card stock paper. These “draw downs” are roughly the same cost as peel and stick samples but you get two for the price of one. Plus the paint store can typically have these ready for you same day! Hold these drawdowns up to your existing design elements to see how they’ll complement each other.
- Peel and Stick Samples: Companies like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams offer peel-and-stick samples that you can place directly on your walls. This allows you to visualize the color in your space without committing.
Remember, the lighting in your home can significantly affect how a paint color appears. Test your samples in different lighting conditions and at various times of the day to ensure you’re happy with your choice.
In conclusion, selecting the perfect paint color for your home involves thoughtful consideration, inspiration, and the invaluable step of sampling. By following these steps, you can make an informed decision that will transform your living space into the haven you’ve always dreamed of. Happy painting!