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Need Help Choosing The Right Wall Paint for Your Space? I Got You!

Stick with me, I will show you 9 foolproof ways to help you cross the finish line when it comes to picking the right paint!


1. Think About Your Preferences

Whether you’re doing minor remodeling or choosing a color for the walls, the first step before any home improvement project is to think about your design preferences. What’s the look that you want to create?


If you’re going for a busy aesthetic, bold colors like deep reds and yellows will look great. On the other hand, if you want a more flowy and spacious vibe, neutrals like whites, greys, and tints of blue will fit perfectly.


Another way to go about this is to design according to your favorite color. No, really. Using your favorite color is a good way to show your personality while also always being happy with the choice of your colors.


2. Find Inspiration

If you are unable to visualize the color of the walls based on your preferences, you can always find some design inspiration in interior design magazines, publications, and of course, online.


We really are living in the best time to find inspiration for designs. Websites like Pinterest allow you to find design ideas from all the way across the world without costing a single penny. It’s incredible!


However, it’s not always enough to just find a picture and design according to that because there are often factors like lighting and filters that distort the actual look. To counter that, you can read up on a few blogs written by industry leaders and then make an informed decision.



3. Consider the Size of Your Home

Another aspect to consider is the overall size of your home. This includes the number of rooms in the house and the dimensions for each of them. The reasoning behind this is that certain colors can affect how big or small a room might look.


If you have a smaller space, using light colors will help make the room look bigger. That’s one of the reasons why a lot of bathrooms use various tints of blues, whites, and greys.


However, if you have a bigger space, say a loft-styled home with an open layout, using darker colors can add more visual weight to the room, making the house look a little less empty.


4. Decide the Level of Connection Between All Rooms

Some homes are designed with a central design and color scheme that connects all rooms. These homes tend to look a bit more balanced, with all rooms acting as one cohesive unit.


On the flip side, there are homes that are fairly disconnected in terms of their color schemes. Each room has its own variation of colors that help showcase its own personality. We often see this in homes with children.


There is no right or wrong way to go about this. Each approach has its own benefits. The disjointed approach will allow you to use more colors, whereas the collected style might look a bit neater. Try finding a balance between the two.


5. Figure Out the Purpose of Each Room

Let’s suppose you find a middle ground between the two approaches, where you want the house to have a central color scheme while also having a few rooms that have their own color game going on.


Starting with central space, if your living room is meant to be a relaxing space, go with neutrals like whites, since they are easy to pair with most colors. Whereas, if your living room is meant to be a space for high-energy, why not try some variation of reds and oranges?


You can apply the same logic to rooms with their own color schemes. Feel free to choose different colors but always ask yourself what mood would you want this room to put you in.


6. Take Note of the Source of Light

This is perhaps one of the more important factors to consider while choosing paint for your walls and that’s because each type of lighting and its exact intensity changes how colors look.


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Colors have subtle properties within them called undertones that help distinguish them from similar colors. The best way to spot them is by comparing them with other colors or viewing them under particular lighting setups.


You can see this at play with a crowd-favorite color like lavender. Quite often used in kitchens, lavender looks bright during daytime when it is exposed to natural light. However, the color can end up looking greyish at night.


7. See the Existing Furniture Around You

It’s rare for most people to start buying everything right from scratch. There is always some amount of furniture that we are all carrying, whether that’s from a previous house or things that have been passed down to us as gifts.


And this is actually a good thing because it can help you narrow your options down even further. We would suggest looking at all your furniture at one glance and noticing what colors are repeating again and again.


Try to also see what’s standing out in a good way and a bad way. The furniture items that are drawing too much attention can be subdued with more neutral tones on the walls. The reverse works too; you can pair neutral-colored furniture with walls colored in bold shades.


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8. Don’t Forget About Cleanability

Up until now, we’ve mostly focused on the outward appearance of the walls. But there is another factor that deserves your attention and that’s how cleanable is your choice of paint finish.


There are many types of paint finishes for walls, though the following three are the ones that are mostly recommended: satin finish, eggshell finish, and matte finish. The satin finish is great for high-traffic areas like hallways since it can be wiped fairly easily.


Eggshell finish, although not as durable as satin finish, provides enough protection for areas with moderate levels of traffic such as the living room. And lastly, the matte finish looks stunning but it’s best reserved for low-traffic rooms like bedrooms since it requires more effort to clean.


9. Test, Test, Test

Testing is the final step of choosing a paint for your home and it is essential you do not skip it unless you’re prepared to spend some extra money on repainting.


The good news is that there are a few extremely effective and affordable ways to test your choice of paint color. The first method is by using digital software that can make a 3D rendering of any room with the exact furniture, lighting, and wall color of your choice.


If this approach seems a bit too complicated, you can bring home paint swatches from any paint store in your neighborhood. Although the paint swatch will cover only a small portion of the wall, it does show you a more accurate representation of the color.


Conclusion



Choosing the right paint for the walls of your home is an important decision but there’s no need to get stuck in analysis paralysis.


By using this guide, you can make an informed decision and choose the paint that feels right for you, even if it is a bit on the expensive side. After all, this is a moment that happens mostly once in a few years.


To recap, in this article, we’ve looked at 9 strategies to choose the right paint for homes -


1. Think About Your Preferences

2. Find Inspiration

3. Consider the Size of Your Home

4. Decide the Level of Connection Between All Rooms

5. Figure Out the Purpose of Each Room

6. Take Note of the Source of Light

7. See the Existing Furniture Around You

8. Don’t Forget About Cleanability

9. Test, Test, Test


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