By: Honey Good
Picking the right paint color for a room can be tricky. Sure, you can scoop up dozens of samples but in reality, this is a costly venture. The cost of one pint of paint to test on your walls will run you $7. Multiply that by four more because you're not sure if you like "iced lavender" or "Iced plum" and what you have is a frustrated husband and about $30 down the drain.
What's a gal to do? Follow these 10 tips before you make the purchase and I promise decision-time will come that much easier!
- Experiment in a small space. - If paint is new territory for you, pick a powder room and test your palette there. Find your confidence levels in a smaller room before you decide to paint your bedroom "chinese red!"
- Decide on a mood. - Are you feeling dark and stormy or light and airy? Evaluate the uses for the room you want to paint and choose your hue accordingly.
- Take note of your lighting. - Does this room get a lot of sunshine? If the answer is no, stay away from dark colors as it will shrink your room immediately. If your kitchen is flooded with morning light, choose a cheery yellow or mint to offset your gorgeous cabinetry.
- Educate yourself on color. - What's a hue? What's a value? Should I care about intensity? The answer is yes. The hue is the color. The value is how light or dark a hue is. And the intensity refers to the brilliance of a hue. Is it super saturated or more muted?
- Test it out. - Don't be afraid to go bold but test out your hue on several different walls. Paint a patch near a window, in a dark corner, next to a dresser. Make sure you love the color no matter what the lighting is. And if you're really bold - paint the ceiling!
- Add dimension. - Explore texture and finishes. Layers and reflective finishes like metals and minerals can add depth to an otherwise ordinary TV room.
- Consider the flow. - Walk in and out of rooms. Is there a cohesiveness between spaces? Similar to art composition, determine how you feel when you can see that bold hue from your kitchen or bathroom.
- Choose complimentary colors. - The color wheel says that opposites attract - so listen! Cool, warm, you name it...colors belong to a family.
- Go monochromatic. - If your comfort zone is in the neutral family - opt for contrasting neutrals such as taupe and gray. Or, graduate color...you can select a warm red which could lead into a cooler blue sitting room, for example.
- Try a different paint finish. - Eggshell refers to a matte finish. Generally, walls utilize the eggshell finish. Use a satin or semigloss on trim which is more reflective.