Here are my 5 tips for choosing a paint color.
#1. Enlist ol' boy Pinterest to help you.
I find Pinterest to be a really helpful tool when it comes to figuring out your decor colors. I have a Pinterest board for each room (ie: bedroom, bathroom, living room, dining room, kitchen) and a board just for paint colors. I pin pictures of rooms that inspire me, as well as rooms with paint colors that I love. When I'm finally ready to decorate a room, I refer back to my boards and see what jumps out at me. More times than not, I'll see that I've pinned a lot of the same kind of color. Once you find a few names of colors you like, you can even search Pinterest for that specific color and see other rooms it's been used in. Colors never look the exact same in your own room as they did on the internet, (We'll address what you can do about that in tip #5.), but it can still really help you narrow down your search. Plus, when I'm at the paint store, I always have my phone handy to pull up images on Pinterest to refer to.
So get your pinny-pin-pin on. As if you needed coaxing.
#2. Learn to love neutrals.
I know, I know, neutrals aren't for everyone.
But, since we go way back, I know you'll let me make my case.
And here we go:
Neutral paint colors are the most versatile, and can be made to work with almost any color scheme you choose for your furniture and decorations. White opens a space up, beige makes a space feel warm and cozy, and gray adds a cool vibe to a room. You can use soft shades of blue and green as calming neutrals, too. In fact, I did it in both my master and guest bathrooms.
Neutral paint colors are great because they allow you to keep your room as a sort of blank canvas. You can then change your mind easily, as you add/subtract pops of bold color through your decor.
If you don't mind doing the work of repainting, then don't be afraid to go bold. In fact, I say green light go. Just keep in mind that bright, bold colors can often seem really energetic and overwhelming if used as a dominant paint color. For our house, I chose to use an array of neutral colors so that I could easily change our decor as my taste changes. It's proven to be a great decision, as my taste changes faster than a toddler eats cheerios.
I almost went with Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but realized...wait...that's just me.
You can see all of the paint colors I used in our house here.
#3. Pick similar colors throughout the house.
I chose several similar colors that complement each other and then used them repeatedly throughout the house. It gives the entire house a really cohesive feel and just kinda makes everything flow and make sense. Some of our rooms are beige, some are gray, some are blue, and some are green. Even though I used different colors in nearly every room, the entire house feels really calm and cohesive.
#5. Match it up
I use this tip every time I choose a paint color for a room. I suggest bringing home paint chips and placing them on the sofa, drapes, and flooring. Then, find one that has similar undertones. Using a color with similar undertones on the walls helps bring everything together. It makes a space seem open and serene. You can bring in the contrast with your other decor like curtains, bedding, area rugs, accent furniture, pillows, and accessories.
#5. Sample the goods.
For me, this has been the most important tip. If you read my paint tips post, you know I am a big fan of buying a paint sample before I commit to buying the whole cow. It saves me tons of money, and really helps narrow down my choices. These little samples only cost about $3 each and I usually pick a few colors I want to try on my walls. I just paint a large swatch directly on the wall and look at it for a couple days. This is to make sure I can view it in all the different lights throughout the day. I recently had a reader give me a great tip, too. If you don't want to paint directly on your wall, you can paint a piece of poster board and tape it to the wall.
Ya'll are such smarties!
So, those are my 5 tips. I hope these will help you narrow down your next paint color choice. I love when ya'll share your tips with me, so if you have one that really works for you, leave it in the comment section. I learn so much from you!
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