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How To Select The Perfect Paint & Finish Part 2


So Many Colors - So Little Time

Paint is the most cost effective way to add drama to a space. But too often people get stuck on trying to pick just the right color that they forget the goal - to change a space. Here are some suggestions to make your decision a little easier.

What Color Should I Select?

Think of how you want to feel when you are inside your space. Do you want to feel romantic and calm - choose colors that are tinted with grey. Or, do you want to feel homey and comforted - select buttery yellows. Do you want the feel of calmness and balance - try shades of blue or green. Or, do you want to feel energized and express your vibrant personality - bolder jewel tones will do the trick!

Not Sure Which Colors Suit You Best?

When it comes to our wardrobe choices, most of us fall into one of two categories. You may prefer a few neutral basic pants and skirts and throw pops of color in with various tops, jackets and scarves. Or, you may be bolder with your choices and mix colors throughout your wardrobe. You can approach your room color selections the same way. If you are not comfortable with color start neutral for your walls and add pops as your confidence grows.

An Oldie BUT Goodie - Use a Color Wheel!

Colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel such as blue and purple are "analogous" to each other and play well together. If you want a subdued feeling in your space analogous colors are a good option. Colors opposite each other on the color wheel such as green and red are "complementary" to one another and will make each other feel more intense. If you want your rooms to feel energetic try this combination!

The Other Neutrals

Most people think that white, beige and now the trendy grey, are the only neutrals colors out there. But any color can be considered a neutral as long as it is subtle and goes well with everything. So consider other options like pale blue or green, which can offer a creative alternative especially when paired with their complementary color!

Warm Colors vs Cool

Warm colors will typically have more yellow undertones, while cool colors will have more blue undertones. Why is this detail important? Because the color temperature of the lightbulbs and light sources you are using has a definite effect on how these colors will appear. If possible, try out your new color in the light it will be most often seen.
Check out my next blog for tips on how to test your favorite paint colors to make sure they are the perfect fit!

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