Having trouble with choosing the best paint color for your room? These 9 tips for choosing the perfect wall paint color may just be the solution!
9 TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE PERFECT WALL PAINT COLOR
Do you ever have issues with choosing the perfect wall paint color for a bathroom, bedroom… heck, any room in your home?
You know why it was so much easier to choose the bathroom color? (Okay, other than that I wanted almost the exact same color that was in there to begin with…)
Well, I’m going to share with you today the 9 tips and tricks I figured out from the paint project in my living room (which also got me second place in the HomeRight “Refresh Your Walls Today” blogger challenge! Just sayin’.)
And just a side note… Painting is one of the easiest ways to update an apartment, rental home, or a home you own! We used these tips on my daughter’s rental kitchen and bedroom, too!
Let’s dig in!
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Pick Your Chips
Paint chips, that is…
Head on over to your local paint store and select several (10 or 15) paint chips that you LOVE and think will look GREAT in your room!
- Choose paint chips that have warm undertones (yellow/beige) and cool undertones (blue/pink-ish). You never know what’s going to work!
- Think about shades… I.e., if you are going with a gray, get chips that are very light, medium, and dark shades of grays.
- Every once in a while, stand back from the paint chip display and blink a few times… ‘reset’ your eyes. Then take a fresh look at the colors.
- Now take your paint chips home for the next ‘tip’.
“Chip” Your Furniture
At home, take your paint swatches and set them next to the main piece of furniture or textile in your room. You know, whatever has the main color in the room, like your sofa, drapes, or a media console.
Hold onto the chips that look great with the furniture piece or textile, and set the others aside.
“Chip” Your Floor
Now, those paint chips that are still in your hand? Take those and lay them on the flooring in the room. This could be your carpet, a large area rug, hardwoods, vinyl… you get the picture.
The paint chips that compliment your flooring AND your furniture will most likely look great on your walls!
Perfect Wall Paint Color Tips -Samples Are Simple
One of the best money-saving tricks you can use to choose the perfect wall paint color is to purchase samples of the paint chips you chose.
Take your top 3-4 favorite paint chips and go back to your local paint or hardware store and buy samples of those! It will cost about $6-16 total (depending on what type of sample you buy), but this will eliminate the mistake of buying a gallon of paint that doesn’t work in your room!
And afterwards, you can make chalk paint from the samples (I always get my samples in matte) and use them on other projects! Win-win!
Sample the Paints At Home
So, now let’s take those samples home and paint large portions of the color on each wall of your room (make sure the color is close to the baseboard/ floor, too).
If you don’t want to swatch your walls, you can paint foam boards and lean them up against your walls. This is my preferred method because you can move the colors around the room.
And don’t forget to mark your paint names on the foam boards or next to the colors on your wall!
Why would you want to move the paint swatches around???
There Is a Difference!
Now you want to check to see what the colors look like on the walls at different times of the day. Remember, my living area looked yellow during the day and blush at night! Having the samples painted on foam board makes it easy to move to different walls at different times of the day!
And check out this secret tip (which is no longer a secret now…)
Many times what is outside a window, reflects color inside a room. Trees outside your window may reflect a green onto your wall(s) inside, turning a true gray into a sage! This is a HUGE reason to purchase a sample before committing to a gallon of paint! Adjust your paint choice for situations like this.
Don’t Forget the Furniture!
Remember the first thing we placed the paint chips on?
Yep… be sure to place your furniture or textile next to the paint swatches on the walls, as well. You want a ‘true’ peek into the future of what a fully painted room will look like!
The Perfect Paint Sheen
Just a couple tips on sheens:
- Flat – this finish has no shine/sheen at all (non-reflective). Great for hiding imperfections on walls.
- Matte – My favorite sheen that is low-reflective, easy to clean, and easy to touch up (also hides imperfections).
- Eggshell – Soft and ‘velvety’, but still not extreme in reflection. Good choice for kids rooms, hallways, and I would consider it for bathrooms, too.
- Satin Enamel – Pearly finish that is easy to clean. Good choice for kids rooms, hallways, bathrooms, trim, etc.
- Semi-gloss – This definitely starts showing a gloss and is ‘radiant’. Very easy to clean and is often a great choice for bathrooms and cabinets as it mildew and moisture resistant.
- Hi-gloss – Brilliant, shiny appearance and super easy to clean. Often used in bathrooms and on cabinets, though I personally would only use it on trim.
Final Step for Choosing the Perfect Wall Paint Color
Now, choose your fave swatch, decide on a sheen, and go buy your paint!
Just FYI, my go-to paint is Behr. And, if I want the best and easiest coverage, I use their Marque line.
Here are a few photos of the paint projects from My Wee Abode and my daughter’s home, too!
One thing we learned with my daughter’s walls, that started out periwinkle… if you have followed the tips in this post, don’t worry while you are painting, especially against a vastly different color (like a purple or pink).
It may look like the wrong color while you are painting, but when you finish the job, you’ll be delighted!
These tips for choosing the perfect paint color were even used for the shower tile surround in the current bathroom makeover project!
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Have you used any of these perfect wall color paint tips in your home painting projects? What special tips do you have that you can share with us! Be sure to leave them in the comments!