When it comes to buying paint, it’s difficult to know even where to begin sometimes. A great way to get started is to look around your home to see what colors are among the most common throughout the house? What colors are in your favorite space(s) in the house? Is there a certain accent color or clothing color that you keep repeating? If you find a pattern here, then this is your subconscious talking to you. Choose that one color constant and then mute it. This will help lessen the intensity of that color once it is covering a large area.
Okay, so after knowing what to avoid, how do you make sure it is the RIGHT color? The best advice anyone can give you before buying paint is try interior paint samples first. This is an important step! Repeat after me, DON’T PAINT YOUR WALL UNTIL YOU’VE SAMPLED THE PAINT ON A SECTION OF THE WALL FIRST. Why is this SO important? Because you really have no idea how the color you choose will look until you put some of it on the wall.
Just because the tiny piece of paper you took home and held up to the wall looks great, does not mean that once the entire wall is that color it will also look great. So in order to avoid repainting an entire room or wall, purchase a small paint sample first!
I can’t tell you have many times clients have come to me distraught once they painted an area without really examining their color choices first. If you haven’t studied color theory, you won’t know what certain colors do when they are brought into your living space. Also, most colors are more intense than you realize on just a tiny square of paper. So remember, think paint samples!
Once you’ve painted your sample color on a good portion of the wall, live with it for a couple of days before making your final decision on color. This way you’ve had ample time to see how the color looks in your space during different lighting, times of the day and so on. From there, you can make sure it’s not too dark at night or too bright during the day. You can also give yourself a chance to see how you really feel about it.
If you follow these simple steps of examining your daily color choices and purchasing samples before you purchase the paint for a room, you’ll be sure to find a color you can enjoy and not have to go through the hassle of repainting! After all why do more work than you have to!