Tips for Selecting Your Paint

Posted on Oct 5th 2019

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Tips for Selecting Your Paint

Having your home’s interior painted or repainted is a time-consuming job, but before that process even begins you have to face the equally intimidating task of selecting what paint is going to be used. If you’re not sure how to begin, we’ve gathered a few helpful suggestions for you to start with. Here are some tips for selecting your ideal paint, brought to you by our expert interior painters.

Start With Inspiration

The best wall colors come from inspiration found in the surrounding furniture and decor. While it may seem easier to base them off of the paint color, it’s often the most successful color palettes that pick a color found in a bedspread, curtain pattern, piece of art, or even a pillow cover and apply that as a starting point. This way, you’ll be sure to find a paint color that will perfectly complement the elements surrounding it.

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Find Guidance in the Color Wheel

While you don’t need to be an expert in color theory to choose a paint color, finding guidance in the color wheel will help you choose ideas with more coherency and success. Though you won't use them exactly as they appear on the wheel, using this method lets you learn while physically seeing how colors relate to, contrast, and complement each other. You’ll be surprised by how many color scheme ideas will take shape, and you may even discover palettes that you never considered before.

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When in Doubt, Go with a Neutral

If the thought of choosing a bright color overwhelms you or simply won’t play nice with the room’s decor, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to neutrals. Grays, beiges, whites, and creams are staples in interior design, ideal for soft backgrounds to enhance other aspects of your home or decor that you want more attention to focus on. If the rest of your room is already bold enough, going with a more laid back wall color will be a much more pleasing complement.

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Pick the Right Sheen

While color is obviously important, people tend to tunnel vision on it so much that they forget another crucial aspect of a paint job: the sheen. Different finishes have a big impact on how your final result will look, and certain finishes are more suited for specific areas of the house. A flat or egg-shell finish have the least sheen and are better fitted for low-traffic areas of the home because they don’t clean well. Satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss finishes have increasing degrees of shine and are best for highly trafficked rooms of the home such as the kitchen, bathrooms, and hallways because they are stain-resistant and easy to clean. These finishes are also very different in terms of appearance, as matte finishes look practical and modern, and glossier sheens appear more decorative and polished.

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Take Lighting into Consideration

Lighting has a significant effect on how the paint looks. Light temperatures will pull distinct color undertones out, causing colors to come off differently at night/in artificial light than they would during the day/in natural light. It’s counterproductive to choose a color that you’ll only be happy with at certain times of the day or in certain lighting. The best way to know for sure if a color is right for the room you’re planning to paint is to test it before painting actually begins. You can have a sample made for you to test paint a few small patches your walls to see how the color will appear in various lighting throughout the day, guaranteeing your satisfaction when it’s fully painted.

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Your wall colors are a fundamental part of interior design, so the color you choose should be something that you’ll enjoy and that looks perfect in the space. With so many different options it’s easy to feel intimidated, so we hope that these tips help you in finding your ideal shade for your next painting project.

Do you have any questions? Contact our Painter1 experts in interior painting today to discuss painting your home. We're happy to help!