Choosing Paint Colors
When selecting paint colors, here are a few questions to consider:
- Do you want the color to stand out or blend in?
- Does the wall you are painting have many surface imperfections you would like to hide?
- Is it going to be an additional color or will it collaborate with other colors in your room?
- Is the surface you are painting outdoors or indoors?
- What paint finish will be the best?
Do you want the color to stand out or blend in?
Choosing bright colors will pop and direct attention to them. If this is not your intention, try choosing neutral paint colors like grays, beiges, taupes, and browns. If you have a lot of colorful decorations, neutral colors work really well because they do not demand attention. I love using dark colors like dark chocolate browns or charcoal grays for accent wall colors because,by contrast, darker paint colors show off decorations.
Does the wall you are painting have many surface imperfections you would like to hide?
If the surface you are painting has imperfections, think about going with a flat paint finish. Flat paint is great at hiding imperfections unlike glossier finishes which tend to highlight them. Darker colors also work well to hide surface imperfections.
Is it going to be an additional color or will it collaborate with other colors in your room?
When choosing paint colors, consider the colors of decorations and finishes that are already in your room. Too much color can look busy, but not enough color can lack excitement. If you have very little color in your room, introducing a new color with your paint will make your space even more exciting! If you have a lot of color in your room already, try choosing a paint color that will go with your décor. For instance, if your space has some green decorations, try choosing a green paint color for an accent wall, and paint the other walls a neutral color like gray or taupe. The more you can make your decorations and paint work together, the better.
Is the surface you are painting outdoors or indoors?
If you’re painting outdoors, a different type of paint is necessary to withstand the elements.
What paint finish will be the best?
Each paint finish has its own pros and cons. Flat paint is lovely and is great at hiding surface imperfections, but does not have the ability to be cleaned like gloss. Gloss or semi-gloss can be washed, but show off surface imperfections because they reflect light. Just remember to consider the space you are painting before choosing a paint finish.
If you are having difficulty finding the perfect paint color to match your decorations, don’t be afraid to choose many paint samples to take home. Make sure to take the paint samples home and hold them up to the wall you will be painting before purchasing your paint. The store you are purchasing your paint from may have different lighting making the colors appear different at the store than they would in your home. Also, larger paint samples, if available, will give you a better idea of what the finished project will look like.