Tips to Help you Choose a Paint Color

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Choosing a paint color can seem like an awfully intimidating decision. If you are anything like me, your mind goes directly to the worst-case scenario first. What if I hate the paint color I choose? This is certainly a possibility, however, it can be avoided if you take the right steps to choose a paint color.

We know there are thousands of paint colors to choose from and the first and most important step to finding the best color for you is narrowing down your choice options. It's always much easier to pick a paint color out of 3 colors rather than 10. The other thing about having too many colors to pick from is that they will begin to look alike, as in is Sherwin Williams Dovetail truly much different than Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray? It's best to stick to 3 or 4 options to avoid the headache.

Once you choose the top 4 colors you are considering, what's the next step? 

Purchase samples of the paint. Do not rely on the small chip samples to make your decision and here's why. 

  1. 1. they are far too small to see the color
  2. 2. the color of the paint chips isn't 100% accurate nor is it real paint They have been dyed to match the paint color as closely as possible.

Once you have the paint samples, you need to test them out in your home. for my clients, I tell them to grab a paintbrush and paint large swatches in different areas of the room to get a good feel of how the paint color will look in different light settings. Another way to use the samples is to paint them on poster board rather than the wall. This way you will be able to move the posterboard sample around the room. This also enables you to see how the paint color will look all around the room.

I highly recommend a fantastic product called Samplize, which is peel and stick paint samples. These are along the same lines as painting the poster board with the sample except they are peel and stick and already done. You can easily order them off their website and they carry multiple paint brands. I like Samplize because they are mess-free and save on wasted paint samples.

Don't make finding your dream paint color harder than it should be. Use these simple tips to make your life easier.

Comments (2)

Norbert Fabre, MRSA
Indoor Microbial Specialist IMS - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mold Inspector & Mold Assessor

Good morning, thanks for the tips. I heard of peel paint before but not to that extent.

Apr 18, 2022 06:28 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Cate Griffing these are very good list of tips to help choose a paint color.

Apr 18, 2022 08:21 PM