If you’ve ever done any home renos, or moved into a new condo/apartment, you’ve likely had to deal with choosing the perfect paint colour for your home. We’ve painted almost every surface in our house (some surfaces twice) so I’ve learned a few things about figuring out how to choose a paint colour. Here are my tips and I hope you find them helpful!
Choosing the Perfect Paint Colour
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It’s super easy to get overwhelmed by all of the options, so I would suggest choosing a certain colour family first – grey, beige, blue etc and also think about whether you want light or dark. If your house is small, go light it makes rooms feel bigger but if your home is larger, you can use darker colours to create a more intimate look.
Once you know that you’re looking for the perfect light grey for your kitchen, it makes it a lot easier to find the right shade.
Speak to the Experts
No matter which paint company you’re using search out their expertise. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams both have storefronts you can visit and speak with someone about your choices. Bring in photos of your space and some of your initial ideas. See if the professionals have any ideas on the right paint colour.
Benjamin Moore also has a very cool tool called the personal colour viewer where you can download pictures of your room and add the colours in so you can actually see how they’ll look. We used this tool the last time we painted our home and it was very helpful.
Another important element in choosing the perfect paint colour is the finish. There are five different types of paint finish that have different levels of shine.
My Domaine offers a super helpful guide to choosing the right paint finish depending on the location in your home. They suggest as follows:
Flat finish works best on ceilings.
Eggshell finish is perfect for living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms.
Satin should be used in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and hallways.
Semi-gloss is perfect for the trim and molding.
Give it a Try
Many of the paint companies offer mini paint cans you can purchase for less than $10. Once you have a two or three potential options, buy the mini cans and a sponge paint brush. Clear the walls in the room you plan to paint and paint patches with your top colours.
If you’re concerned about painting the walls you can also get large paint chips (the small ones are not very helpful).
Make sure you try a couple of locations so you can see how the light plays off the colours. By painting a few different locations you’ll be able to see how the light changes the colours throughout the day.
Making the Decision
Now that you’ve got a couple of options on your walls and taken a look in different light, invite friends and family over to get their opinions. What do they think? Does it change your opinion at all?
Don’t forget when choosing the perfect paint colour to consider your trim colour as well. My favourite trim colour is Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White. It’s simple, yet warm and works well in our old home (our house was built in the 1930s).
Remember, even if you don’t like your choice, it’s just paint and you can always switch it up.
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