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Tips to Help You Choose a Paint Color for Your Home

October 13, 2012 by BlairStover

Who doesn’t love choosing paint? Blanks walls are canvases that hold an infinite amount of possibilities. With numerous color combinations and choices at your disposal, however, sometimes the choices can be overwhelming. How do you choose the right paint for the right room?

Wall color can greatly influence how a room feels and looks. So here are the top tips for choosing paint color that we’ve compiled here on Blair Stover Interior Designs.

  • Color Coordinate: Be sure you know what the color scheme is going to be by looking at window treatments, furniture, rugs, carpet, and prominent accessories.
  • Paint Chips: Ask the paint merchant for paint chips, or collect chips of the colors you’re most interested in.
  • Check Colors: Then see if the colors work with the colors you already have. Be sure you check out the chips during the day and night, as colors can look different depending on the time of day. Also, note that some colors appear darker when painted on a large surface. You can try choosing the same color a shade or two lighter to counteract this.
  •   Room Size: Want a small room to look larger? Neutral colors such as ivory or white can open a space up. For a small space to look larger, try using warm and strong colors, such as red. To get a ceiling to appear higher, paint the ceiling with light colors. Medium and dark shades on the ceiling will give you a cozy appearance instead.
  • Over Wood: Painting over wood is doable, but will take a bit of extra thought. Oil based paints will be needed to paint over the surface, as only oil paints will penetrate the wood. If you know you’re dealing with bulk works, latex and water paints will dry faster and can be cleaned with soap or water.
  • Cover Up: Trying to cover up unattractive art on the walls? Chances are you’re going to have to paint over everything in one color. This can cause a monochromatic look to the room, so be sure you have something to help break it up. You can try sponging, color washing, or rolling on lighter or muted colors over the new color to help add a new element to the wall.
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