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How to Pick A Beautiful Paint Color


It is nice to have a change in scenery and redecorate and restyle a room or your entire home. Adding new paint color is the simplest way to renew a style or generate new energy in your home. Calling your paint contractor to paint is the easy part. When it comes to picking the color, it may be a bit overwhelming with the thousands of color choices.

HOW TO PICK YOUR ROOM COLOR

We’ve come up with a few suggestions to help lead you in the right direction to create a fresh, new look for your room. 

TIP 1: FIND FOR COLOR INSPIRATION

Before looking at paint samples, decide how you plan to use the room and what type of feeling you want to set. Use magazines, catalogs, or online sources like Pinterest to help you find some design inspiration.

You want to pick a color or palette you will not get tired of quickly. 

One way to do this is by going with colors you love. The best way to figure out what colors you prefer most, go to your closet. It’s human nature to wear the colors we are attracted to. More than likely, when you look around your room or home, you already know your favorite color. You may have decor and accent pieces that have pops of your favorite color.

TIP 2: STUDY NATURE’S ELEMENTS

Nature shows us which colors work best together. Use the scenery around you to help find tones that are calming. The colors we see in nature work in perfect balance and create a soothing feeling. So, if you choose a color scheme taken from the outdoors, your room will be restful and will never go wrong.

TIP 3: THE COLOR WHEEL

Using the color wheel, you quickly learn which colors are complements is a great help to make your choice of paint colors work. You find complementary colors by combining a shade, tint, or tone of one color and the color opposite on the wheel. The color wheel will you find color relationships like 2, 3, or 4 color complements. This tool will also teach you both cool and warm tones.

TIP 4: SAMPLE COLORS FIRST

Before choosing, always have small sample cans or order adhesive color swatches to try in your room. Paint a decent size swatch, like a 2′ x 3′ area on the wall. Look at the color at all times of the day. Does the color change? Do you need a shade or two lighter or darker? It’s a good idea to paint near or up to trim or molding.

TIP 5: DOWNLOAD GREAT PAINT COLOR APPS

Most paint manufacturers have created apps for choosing colors as well as on their websites. Some let you add snapshots of your room or give you sample rooms to see colors you like. 

You will be able to see curated palettes and suggestions for complimentary colors. If you like a color but don’t know the name, you can color match with a photo taken with the app. Some to try out are Sherwin Williams Color SnapSherwin Williams Color VisualizerBenjamin Moore Color Viewer, or Benjamin Moore Color Portfolio, just to name a few.

TIP 6: PULL A COLORS FROM OBJECTS YOU LOVE

Do you have a beloved piece of art hanging in the room or a fabric design on pillows or curtains you love? Pull a color from one of these. This method is one of the simplest ways to choose a color that will go with the style and tones in the decor you plan on keeping. You may find the best color in the small details of these pieces. And, if you want to paint an accent wall, use a striking color found here too.

Let’s Paint!

If you’ve picked out your paint and are ready to paint, call us if you live in the Kensington, Chevy Chase, Potomac, and Bethesda areas. We would love to help create a peaceful and cozy home with our expert interior painting service. Call us at 877-BENCHMARK or request a free estimate online.