It is so hard for people to select paint colors for their home! There are just too many colors and choices out there – which can leave many standing in front of a wall of paint chips with no clue how to choose. Even selecting a white, which you would think would be an easy choice, can drive you crazy. Should you choose a warm white, a cool bluish white, or even a pink-tinged white?
I have 5 fail-proof ways that I choose paint colors for my projects! Give these a try to make your selection process so much easier:
1. Let fabric be your guide. When I start on the design for a space, I always go to my fabric room first. Fabrics can help set the tone and mood for the entire room! As you can see in the bedroom below, I chose the fabric for the drapery and pillows first, and the color in the center of those squares gave me the perfect inspiration for the wall color. That makes the room feel pulled together and cohesive!
2. Select paint color last. You read that right – I always choose my paint color LAST. That’s because you could choose a tone or hue that actually ends up clashing with everything else in a room if you aren’t careful. Look at the photo below – I had to select the perfect creamy white color for this dining room so it would complement the drapery and the lighter-toned furniture. If I had gone with a white that had pink undertones or blue undertones, it would have changed the entire look of the room – and probably not for the better.
3. Art can be inspiration. I love to use original art in my design work. It makes the room more unique and helps show the personality of my clients. But it also can be the perfect inspiration for a room’s palette. In the bedroom below, you can see how that painting inspired the plum, taupe, and grey colors in the room, and helped tie the whole look together.
4. Get moody. Another thing I always keep in mind when selecting paint colors is how the room will be used. In a bedroom, like the one above, you want to set a calming and restful tone. But in a room like the game room below, I wanted to punch things up for an energetic and happy space! This bold yellow really makes an impact and highlights the playful mood I was going for. And by the way, that color was also inspired by a fabric in the space – a sofa that’s out of frame on the other side of the room.
5. Look up. Because of my reputation for working with color, I think people expect that I use almost every hue in the spectrum, but that isn’t the case. I actually stay in the top 2 or 3 squares on any paint swatch for my selections, rather than the darker tones near the bottom. I find that the colors up at the top of those paint cards are really the ones that most people like in a room, so that’s where my sweet spot is.
And here’s a bonus tip for you – go with colors you LOVE! If they make you happy, then you know you’re on the right track.
So what do you think of my top 5 tips? Do you have a trick that works when you select paint colors? Let me know in the comments section below!