Picking paint colors doesn’t require consultation with your horoscope, a fortune teller or even a color wheel Ouija board. As a matter of fact, it isn’t really that hard when you apply several tips to good color selection.
- Select Colors Around the Room Size: When choosing colors, consider the size of the room. Like a specific color? Try choosing a light shade for smaller spaces and possibly a darker shade for larger spaces.
- Shake It Up: In larger rooms, sometimes breaking up the colors helps in bringing attention to accent walls and even giving you the chance to experiment with a darker shade without committing entirely to it. Try a complementary color or darker shade on these walls.
- Think Lighter for Ceilings: Although dark ceilings look great in magazines with plenty of photographic up lighting, in reality they can make a room feel smaller. Stick with ceiling white to raise the roof and make your rooms feel larger.
- Get a Mulligan: Ask you contractor to use a tinted primer for the first coat with your color of choice. That way if you don’t like your color, you can easily change for little to no costs.
- Think Sheen: Use flat paint to hide defects in drywall and gloss on trim. In between, try satin as a universal sheen that dampens wall colors and provides some cleanability.
- Test in Small Batches: Still unsure of the color? Ask your supplier for a small batch testing kit. Often paint suppliers will offer several colors as part of a testing kit that you can apply to several walls to make a final decision.