Why is it so difficult to choose a paint color? As a decorator I see a lot of clients' homes. More often than not I hear, "I thought this was the perfect color until I saw it on the wall". So many times the homeowner has chosen a color that does not co-ordinate with their decor. Why is that? Many homeowners will choose a color that they have seen in a magazine. The problem with that is, you don't have the same accessories as the magazine picture!! Sometimes they will see a paint color they like at a friend's home.Once again, unless you have a carbon copy of your friend's home, it won't work!!
So what do you do? Here are some guidelines to help you.
- Every color has an undertone. Meaning all beige's started as a color, whether it's yellow, red, green or orange. So pay attention!
SW6105 Divine White (Yellow Base) SW6035 Gauzy White (Red Base)
SW6147 Panda White (Green base) SW Nice White (Orange base)
- Determine what undertones are in your room. Like your carpet, flooring, counter tops, tiles, and so on.
- Keep all your neutrals the same undertones. By doing this you are assured of having a successful color palette.
- Don't forget lighting. All colors will look different in different lightening situations, like morning sun, afternoon shade and evening lighting. So make sure you test the colors in these situations.
- Use large paint samples. Many companies like Sherwin Williams offer 8x11 samples that can be ordered online.This is great because you can now truly see the color.
- NEVER paint the color sample on the wall. The existing color will influence the color swatch and you will not get a true read!!
These guidelines will help you when choosing your color palette. You can also decide to hire a color specialist. This small investment will assure you that the color you are choosing is the correct one, there-by eliminating any costly mistake. So well-worth the price!!