I just wanted to piggy back off of my design tip from last week. Last week I discussed choosing the right type of paint for your project. This week I want to talk about choosing paint color. And this can be a daunting task. Especially since there are so many shades of white, or red, or blue, to choose from. But never fear, I have some sure fire ways to choose colors and get it right the first time.
First and foremost, know your space. Does it get a lot of natural light? Is it large or small? How do you want it to feel (airy, cozy, bright, etc.)? These factors will effect what shade of paint you want to use. (see below)
Secondly, know your shades. Darker shades make rooms feel smaller, or cozier and more dramatic. Lighter shades can make rooms feel larger and brighter. Bright colors add POW! to a space. Some rooms have less natural light so a dark color will be very dark. But a medium shade may appear darker there and do the trick. A light grey may look white if there are a lot of windows in the space and you may lose the effect you are going for.
You should also sample, sample, sample. Let’s say you are in love with red and you want your dining room to be red. Well, take a look at a paint deck and tell me how many reds you see. Lots. So choose a few, go to the paint store and buy sample sizes. Then paint them on the wall in 12″ by 12″ squares, or larger. Check on these squares throughout the day to see how the light plays off of them. Do they match the fabrics in the room? The rug? Are they too purple or orange? Typically you will be able to narrow down your choices. (for me it was beige)
Lastly, when in doubt go neutral. Some people may say that I am totally bailing on you by giving that advice. But here is how I see it. You can add color to neutral walls with art or fabric. You can’t neutralize bold walls. There is no shame in playing it safe, especially if it means you will love it.