Choosing out of the thousand of colour swatches available for you to paint the walls in your home can seem like a daunting task. After all, a color you love in a stunning photo may not be a color you will love to see on your walls every day. With that in mind, here are some tips for choosing a paint color you’ll enjoy in real life.
Don't choose the first paint colour that catches your eye. It’s important when you begin the process of selecting a paint color to start with a wide palette of options.
When you go to a paint store, don’t worry about choosing the best possible color while you’re in the shop. Your goal should be to arm yourself with a variety of options so you can make the best possible choice later. This usually means pulling more swatches than you think you need — and even colors you don’t think you will want.
Choosing subtle colors, as opposed to bold and saturated hues, can be the trickiest, as the more subdued the tones in the paint, the harder they will be to see in a paint sample. For this reason it is wise to grab some paint samples that are similar to the color you think you want, but a bit off. Grab the paint samples that appeals to you at first glance, but also take two swatches on either side of it for variety.
When you go to the paint store, don’t go empty-handed. Bringing a piece of art or fabric as color inspiration can be useful. In the store, a pale color may look virtually white, but in your home it will likely be contrasted by some bright white elements such as the ceiling, trim or even something as simple as a switch plate or lampshade, rendering the color much more noticeable.
It’s usually recommended to choose colors that are a bit lighter or toned down from the true hues from your inspiration piece, so they are not too saturated for a full wall.
Once you have your paint swatches home, that is when you can truly decide which colors will work. Colors can look quite different in your real-life lighting than in the bright fluorescent lighting of a store.
It’s also important to consider that colors will look different relative to other hues in the room, different positions (on a wall versus on the ceiling, for example) and at different times of the day.
Tape paint chips to the wall where they will be applied, and view them during the time of day you will be in the room the most (for example, in the morning or evening for your bedroom). Take your time to do this with individual color swatches on their own, so each color swatch isn’t visually competing with a rainbow of other options.
Paint will look quite different during the painting process, and it is very important not to judge the color until it has been properly applied in the necessary number of coats — at least two, but often three or more, depending on the product and shade.
This is especially true with darker shades, which will visually shrink the space in a way you will need a little time to get used to.
Still unsure of what paint color to choose? Luckily at Gibson, we work closely with the experienced team at Mudita Designs, who will assist you to pick out paint colours that will accent all aspects of your home.