If you’re a fan of home decorating shows or magazines, you already know that paint color is a key component to any room makeover. Changing the wall color is one of the easiest, most affordable ways to refresh a space. You can make a room feel larger, brighter, cozier, trendier, bolder or more dramatic—all by updating the wall color.
Painting is also the perfect project to complete while you’re waiting on your custom furnishings or window treatments to arrive. Yet for most people, picking the perfect paint color can be daunting.
Here are seven professional tips for selecting a shade that will transform your space and make you smile every time you walk into the room. If you need more assistance, our experienced design staff can help you choose a paint color or develop an entire color scheme for your home.
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1. Gather ideas. Look at your favorite sources of inspiration—websites, magazines, Pinterest, friends’ homes—and look specifically at the wall colors. Start an idea file of your favorites
2. Narrow your focus. Once you’ve gathered your top inspiration photos, notice the color combinations you like best, e.g., light walls and light upholstery, dark walls and light fabrics, monochromatic looks, complementary color palettes, etc.
3. Evaluate your existing pieces. Since paint colors are limitless, most designers use the textiles in a room as a starting point. Fabrics should be used as inspiration for wall color and coordinate with the color you select—but contrary to popular belief, they don’t need to match the wall color exactly. In fact, it’s preferable to pick the shade that makes the best wall color—not just the one that matches your fabric most closely.
4. Think in pairs. As you evaluate paint shades, consider the color of trim you plan to use as well. Whether it’s a bright white, soft white, off-white, the same shade as the wall or a contrasting hue—the trim color will influence the overall look of the wall color.
5. Look up, look down. Consider the color of your existing flooring (no matter what type) as you plan your wall color. Also consider painting your ceiling. You can change the feel of a room by painting the ceiling a shade lighter or darker than the wall color.
6. Create a flow. Whether you have a traditional floor plan or one that is open-concept, you’ll want to plan the way wall colors transition throughout your home.
7. Always test. It’s crucial to always test the shade on your wall before you paint the room. Never rely on a paint chip. Instead, get a small sample of the actual paint and test it with at least two coats. Also look at the sample on different walls and at various times of the day.