5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Paint Color

5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Paint Color

 

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I have wanted to write an updated post about the paint colors from the house for the longest time.

Truly.

And I have been remiss.

So in a vain attempt to make up for the complete and utter lack of paint color discussion…..I thought I would provide completely unsolicited advice on the ins and outs of choosing a paint color.  You know I couldn’t just write a post about paint colors…..I have to offer up a big opinion.  However…..I preface any and all big opinions offered here with the disclaimer that……I am not an expert.

I don’t work for a paint company.

I have not gone to paint color school.

What I am…..though…..is so much better.  I am the person who has painted and repainted and repainted rooms because I couldn’t figure out the answer to this simple question,  “Why did the paint color in the store not look like the paint color on my wall?”

If you are a paint color expert….this post is not for you.  

If you have ever stood in front of a paint chip display and closed your eyes and pointed….please read the following:

5 Hints for Choosing A Paint Color

 

Butlers Pantry Mindful Gray

Butler’s Pantry:  SW Mindful Gray

 

(1)  The darkest color on the paint strip is your best friend

When you are looking at colors on two (or three different) strips of paint chips, many times the colors will appear to be the same.  THEY ARE NOT!  Do not be fooled.  Each strip of paint color chips is tinted in a slightly different direction.

For example, a khaki could have a pink base or a blue base.

A gold can have a green base or a brown base.  A red could have an orange base or a pink base.  (I think you get the point).

 

Kitchen Thistlewood Farm Rice Grain

Kitchen:  SW Rice Grain

 

To see the true color tint….look at the darkest color on the strip.

This color has the most color saturation and you can see the true base color much more easily.

 

Family Room Mindful Gray

Family Room:  SW Mindful Gray

 

(2)  All surfaces are not created equal

Fact #1:  When painting a ceiling any other color than white go at least one shade lighter.

Color on a ceiling appears darker than on the wall.

 

Dining Room Anonymous

Dining Room:  SW Anonymous

Fact #2:  When choosing a color for the floor…..always go one or two shades lighter.

The color on the floor appears darker than on the wall.

 

Library Mindful Gray

Library:  SW Mindful Grey

Fact #3:  When looking at a paint chip in the store….hold it next to something white to see the true color.

Holding it next to anything else can throw off the tones in the paint.

 

Master Bedroom Rice Grain

Master Bedroom:  SW Rice Grain

(3)  Saturation is the Key

If you remember nothing else from this post.

If in two months you say, “thistlewood who?”

Please, please remember this unsolicited advice when you are standing in front of that paint display:

Find the color you want…..and then go one shade darker.

 

Painted Plywood Subfloor

Painted Plywood Sub-floor:  SW Rice Grain and SW Ramie

 

I know. 

It’s scary.

It’s only natural……we have a tendency to go lighter with our paint choices.  The only problem is, natural light and “stuff” tend to wash out our first color choice.

Trust me on this one.  You will be much happier with a little more saturation.

 

  Guest bathroom Gris

Guest Bathroom:  SW Gris 

(4) You Can Never Have Enough Paint

You have seen them in the paint store mixing paint.  They take the tinted base and then add different colors.  Here’s the secret:  no can of paint is exactly the same.

They are close.  Maybe you won’t see a difference.  Maybe you will.

Don’t take the chance.

Buy a five gallon bucket and mix your cans together before you paint.

Learn from a person with a two-tone painted room.

 

Hallway Ivoire

Hallway:  SW Ivoire

(5)  Sample, sample, sample

They sell $5.95 quart paint samples at Sherwin Williams.

I suggest you do not let $5.95 come between you and the perfect wall color.

A painted swatch on the wall beats a paint chip color hands down every time.

 

 

  Gray Hutch Paint colors

 

So for the person who e-mailed me about the paint color of this hutch, I can’t really help you out.  You see, it’s invented.

It’s a little bit of SW Rice Grain and a little bit of SW Worldly Gray…..and a whole lot of nonsense.

Let’s call it SW:  Anonymous Mindful Rice Grain Worldly Grey….

….and leave it at that. :)

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