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Choosing The Right Paint Color With Confidence

A new wall color can transform the look and feel of any room, but choosing the right paint color with confidence can be quite a challenge.

A new wall color can transform the look and feel of any room, but choosing the right paint color with confidence can be quite a challenge.

A source of inspiration may be the simplest way to begin the journey. Finding something that you know will actually live in the space will help you to determine what color or colors you can consider working with. This can be a piece of furniture, a textile, a rug or a piece of art work. Once you have roughly determined your room color choices you can begin your search for that perfect hue.

There are millions of color options available to us via paint swatches and fan decks. Even though the color possibilities read so small, they are a necessary part of the process.

Grab a bunch and take them home. Try a few versions of the same color. Cut each color square away from any of the white lines that are used to divide. Place the colors around the room, on the furnishings, textiles, rug, art, tiles, counters and floor. At this point you will begin to eliminate colors that just won’t work. At some point you will have three to four colors that you are considering. Go back to the paint store and purchase small pots of those colors you enjoy.

You will need foam core board that measures at least 11 x 14. Roll, not brush, two coats of the color, one color per board. Let it dry completely. Now you can place the boards next to the different objects that will be remaining in the room. Look at in the daylight as well as in the evening. When placing the painted boards up against the existing walls, it is important to first put a few large unpainted white boards behind the newly painted one. This really helps to view the color for what it is going to look like.

There is a lot of color theory to go by but it can be quite overwhelming and inhibiting. Using the large boards of color help tremendously vs. taping small color swatches onto an already painted wall. If your backdrop color isn’t white your new color will be based on the existing wall color of which you are trying to get away from in the first place.

Trim, molding and ceiling colors are just as important as the wall color and need to be considered as well.

For more info you can email me at design@ckramerinteriors.com

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