Painting a room isn’t rocket science, but oftentimes picking the right color is one of the toughest decisions you’ll have to make for your home. If you’re not an expert home decorator, you’ll probably need a little bit of help. Here are a few tips that will help you make sure you’re happy with your final decision and avoid having to do it all over again.
Lots of people make the mistake of choosing a color of paint for their walls before doing anything else. If you’re moving to a new home, it might be tempting to paint the walls first, but don’t do it if you’re considering anything other than white. Your furniture, artwork, and other décor accents are a lot more expensive and permanent than paint is. If you get everything in your room and the wall color doesn’t match, you’re going to repaint, not buy new furniture. Avoid repainting by waiting until everything else is set before deciding on the right color.
Use a Drywall Panel
At your local hardware store, you can purchase inexpensive small (or large) drywall panels that are the same as your walls. Buy a few along with your paint samples, and paint them instead of your walls themselves. You can easily move the drywall around the room to get a better idea of how the pain will look in all different corners, and you don’t have to worry that your test areas will affect the appearance of the winning color when it’s painted over top.
Take a Few Days
When you bring paint samples home and use your drywall panels to test them out, don’t decide and head back to the store right away. Take a few days to make sure you don’t change your mind. It’s also a good idea to look at your samples around the room at different times of the day. The color might look different in the morning with a lot of sunlight on it than it does at night when the lights are mostly off.
Use the Color Wheel
The color wheel is a home decorator’s best friend, so use it wisely when choosing your wall color. There a few different ways it can help you. For example, you can locate the shades that are closest to the main color of your furniture or other accents, and then look at complimentary shades. If you’re set on a certain color, check the color wheel to help you select the exact right hue. It will also help you select complimentary colors for your trim and ceiling, if you want to paint them something different.
Get a Second Opinion
It can’t hurt to get a second opinion, so ask your other family members or friends what they think would look best. Employees at your paint store can usually offer some good insight and suggestions, too. Just keep in mind that colors are very subjective. If you really love a color, don’t be afraid to go with it even if your second opinion disagrees.
Derek Hall is a general handyman and home-improvement master who loves to blog about everything from painting tips to information on concrete polishing.
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