So you’re moving into a new home. Most likely either soon after, or even perhaps before moving in, you will tackle one very big job: painting. However, a large project like painting can be very overwhelming. It’s not something that most tackle on a regular basis. So how can you make sure your paint job comes out correctly, the first time? Or more precisely how to avoid making a mess of it? Let’s start with the basics: Paint Color. Specifically, how to choose the right paint color. Here are 5 basic cautionary tips:
Five Painting Tips:
- Be careful about following the latest trends too closely. While you want the paint style to look modern, the reality is you and your family are the ones who will be looking at the paint for years. So to make sure you are pleased with the end result make sure your color choices fits your personality, your furniture style and can flow through the home cohesively. Start by exploring paint colors and combinations online at Sherwin Williams.
- Be careful about the lighting. The paint store will likely have different lighting than the room you will be painting. So before committing to a color, ask the paint store for samples. Paint sample swatches on the wall first. It’s much easier to paint over a little spot if you’re dissatisfied with the paint color than an entire wall.
- Be careful when experimenting with color combinations. Generally you shouldn’t use equal amounts of two colors in a room. You want one paint color to be the dominant, basic color choice for the room and another to be the accent color. By repeating that accent color in other ways in the room such as in pillows, art pieces, or accent furniture the colors work together instead of competing for attention.
- A part of the painting project that may easily be overlooked is the ceiling. Sometimes the ceiling should be left painted white but not always. For example painting a ceiling a lighter shade than the walls can give height to the room. A ceiling that has been painted a darker shade can add intimacy by bringing the ceiling down visually.
- Remember that there are different values and intensities of colors. The hue or color refers to one of twelve basic colors: three primary colors, three secondary colors and six tertiary colors. Think of these colors as the bold colors you would find in a children’s playroom. However there are literally hundreds of color variations formed by adding white (think pastel), black (think masculine), or grey (think sophisticated). Find the color variation that is perfect for you and then carry that same color intensity throughout your home in different colors.
There you have it – five simple steps to help you choose the right colors for your next painting project.