How many of you have struggled to select the perfect paint color? One of the questions I get most often is how to select a paint color you’ll love.
As a designer, I can see color undertones and know how different lighting changes the depth and quality of each color. There are three undertones - cool, warm, and neutral. White, for example, can have a blue undertone which makes it a cool color. Choosing a white with yellow undertones will provide a warmer feel.
But this is all Greek to you. You look on Pinterest and you see posts like these:
That’s great but HOW did I come up with those colors?
I’m going to share a tip with you that will help you select the perfect paint colors you’ll love every time!
THE TRICK TO SELECTING THE PERFECT PAINT COLORS
Maybe you just need one color or maybe you are trying to develop a color palette for your entire house. Either way, this method will work for you!
Somewhere in your house is a piece of artwork you absolutely love. You love the composition, the subject matter, AND the colors. Perfect!
Use that piece of artwork as your color inspiration (this will work for a piece of fabric or rug you love as well).
For this example, I chose a watercolor painting.
This watercolor has a variety of greens, grays, pinks, clay and coral tones. You obviously like these colors so just pull your paint palette from there!
All I did was select the four shades I like the best and match them to my paint swatches.
This will work for anything you have that you love. It could be your favorite dress or your grandmothers needlepoint. Anything you have that reflects your favorite colors will be a great starting point.
Now, you must consider practical application. For example, you may not want to paint your living room Jaipur Pink. But the Dill green might work beautifully! Consider your environment.
Does this color palette go with your existing furniture?
It might not and you definitely want to consider that. If the specific colors don’t match anything else in the room, go down the swatch and see if another coordinating color will work.
These paint strips have 7 coordinating colors to choose from. If Dill is too dark for your room, perhaps Bonsai Tint will be perfect!
If you read nothing else I suggest ever in life read this - ALWAYS TEST PAINT ON YOUR WALLS BEFORE YOU COMMIT TO PAINTING THE ENTIRE ROOM.
Paint looks different in various lighting conditions. Get a sample of the paint you are considering and paint at least a 2’ x 2’ square area of your wall. Look at it in the morning, in the afternoon, and at night to make sure you like it in every type of natural lighting. Also look at it with the shades drawn and only your artificial lighting turned on. Make sure you like it in every one of those scenarios.
The latest way to preview paint is with peel-and-stick paint samples. Just stick them to the wall to preview a paint color form Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, or Farrow and Ball. Then easily peel them off when you’ve made a decision. No clean up! Just go to Samplize to order your samples.
Once you love how the paint color looks, you’re all set. Plus you now have a color palette to work with for your entire house. Keep it on file for future room refreshes.
Oh, and if you happen to love the color palettes I shared at the top, here is the paint information for those.
Now you know one of the best interior design tricks to selecting the perfect paint colors. I hope you’ve found it helpful. Feel free to post your finished photos and tag me using #VLHpainthack so I can see your results.
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