Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Designer Tip Tuesday: Choosing Paint Colors




Lots of people ask me how to paint and how to choose paint colors. I am not the expert on painting techniques...everyone is different...but I came up with 3 tips that make it a little easier to decide on the color for you space.





#1-Pick an Inspirational Item or Accessory

In my experience it is easier for Homeowners to find something they love to inspire the room and then to go off that. Remember...it is much easier to match a paint color to an accessory than it is to match an accessory to a paint color. So find an item that you love and create your space around that.





#2--Think About Your Mood 

Decide on what feeling or mood you are trying to create in the space. If you are wanted to create energy, drama or intimacy... go for bold, bright, dark, and warm paint colors. But if you are wanting to have it be a relaxing, formal and quiet space...go with neutrals, pastels, and lighter colors. This one little tip will help you narrow down your color palette tremendously.





#3--Paint and Observe

Before finalizing a paint color you should ALWAYS paint a little swatch of it on your wall! This is SOOO important and will save you a lot of heartache and money in the end. Paint colors look different in different lighting. Natural light shows true color, incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows and fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone. So observe the color for a few days on the wall and decide whether or not you like it in every part of the day.


Enjoy!


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