You are staring at the 10 paint swatches you picked up from the store… for the 15th time! How will you ever make a final decision? Picking a paint color for your home is exhausting and impossible, and you certainly don’t want to choose a paint color only to realize you made a mistake! How do these perfect, picturesque pins on Pinterest make these decisions look so easy? Don’t fret friends — we got you! We will help you make your decision in no time at all. Once you apply a few simple steps, and you see there is a better method to choosing that perfect paint color, you’ll become a pro! You heard us, never choose the wrong color again! Pick a color with confidence and go friends…paint, paint, paint! You CAN do it!
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Alright friends, one question we always get asked is, “How do you find the perfect paint color?” We will tell you, it has taken us a lot of trial and error to figure out a method. Finding the perfect paint color is no easy task. Have you ever looked through a fan deck at Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore or Behr and wondered just how is it possible to choose? SO. MANY. DIFFERENT. paint colors. Well, we are here to help you figure out how to sort through all of those ‘not as good’ color choices so you don’t paint an entire room to wake up in the morning and realize you don’t like it at all and have to redo the entire thing (like we definitely have… whoops!) To start with, it helps to answer a few important questions when you are on the hunt for the perfect paint color:
- What colors do you live with and love the most?
- Is there a piece of art or décor that inspires you?
- How much natural light does the room get?
- What colors from the color wheel can I eliminate immediately?
- Do I want the wall color in the room to blend in or stand out?
In our homes you tend to see the colors we use the most are neutrals, shades of blues, and some shades of greens. Blues promote tranquility and relaxation which is why you often see blues used in office spaces and master bedrooms. Blues are appealing to the eye and create a relaxing but peaceful and inviting space.
We have used greens in our spaces as well. Sometimes we use a soft green, but we have even used a dark emerald green before. Greens can calm a space down, or make a master-bath truly feel like a serene retreat. Greens can also energize a space, brighten up a space without a lot of natural light. Greens help spaces feel light and airy.
Neutral colors like beiges, greiges, grays and off-whites are classic and allow for the furniture and accessories to really take over and create the space. These paint colors are timeless and will allow you to change your décor with no problems. Some are fearful of neutral colors making a space feel too sterile, but DO NOT FEAR! Neutral paint colors are awesome and there are so many variations of neutral colors with so many adaptations of undertones and just a tiny tweak to the undertone can add a different level of richness and brilliance to the color on the walls in your home.
What is an undertone, you ask? You can see this post here by Sherwin Williams to learn more about mass tones and undertones:
Undertones are definitely the trickiest part of picking paint colors. But we have done the tough part for you! The paint colors we use tend to have cool undertones (with the exception of the off-white paint colors because finding an off-white without a yellow undertone is very difficult). Although we found the perfect off-white in our Faulkner house that we used throughout! (We used Benjamin Moore- Simply White OC-177.) However, we had some fun with the doors and some of the cabinet colors, the ceiling color, and the mud bench by painting them Benjamin Moore- French Beret 1610. Isn’t this a delicious color?? Rich, and deep…we love, love, love what it did in the space.
You need to think about the overall feel of your space as well. Do you want classic? Do you want fun and playful? Maybe a little of both? Thinking these things through can guide you. We tend to go fun, yet classy in the foyer (Hello! POP of color on the ceiling!), calming in the master bedroom and bath, and mostly classic through the house because — let’s be honest — paint isn’t cheap, and it’s easier to change pillows with the seasons than an entire room of paint! Go ahead and do a fun color as an accent wall or maybe even one room, but for main spaces go with what you love!
Once you narrow it down to a main general color — “a grey” or “a beige” — build on that! What is the next color you lean toward? Is it green? Write it down! Start with a couple and then start those engines (search engines that is) and Google, do a Pinterest search, look on Houzz, and search for rooms in those colors. A “favorite green paints” search will show you rooms you instantly love; but, be careful not to pay TOO much attention to the ‘stuff’ in the rooms and look at the actual color on the wall. Write down 3-5 colors you like! Now search those independently, and you’ll really get a feel for what that color will look like in different spaces!
Ya’ll, if you use these tips, you are good to go with choosing your best paint color, and comment here if you need any help! We are here for you!
Thank you so much for stopping by and reading about paint colors with us this week! We plan to share a lot more about paint colors with you in the near future. Let us know what you want to read about and make sure you follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and remember pinning is LOVE! So if you love this, please pin it for us — it would mean a lot! Stay tuned, we’ve got something REALLY fun coming up for ya’ll too! ; )