How to Choose Paint Colors

You’re looking at the wall and thinking how will I ever pick a color? How to choose paint colors is not as hard as it sounds. However, you will need to do a little research and look for a few key clues to find your perfect shade.

The Best Time of Day to Choose Paint Colors

Natural light, overhead lighting, and evening lighting will affect the way you see color. So when choosing paint color it’s best to view the color samples in different lighting. In other words, don’t just pick a color in the paint store. The best way is to view paint samples is on the wall, during the day with the lights on and off. Also at night. Try viewing them in a lite room but in the darkest part of the room too. At Sandra Asdourian Interiors, during a color consultation, we view the color on all four walls. Because a room can have many shadowed areas and paint color will appear differently.

The Best Time of Day to Choose Paint Colors in Open Concept with wall of windows
Open Concept with wall of windows

How to Choose Paint Colors and What about the Undertones?

The best way to pick paint color is in the color project location. First, bring your paint color samples to the room. Think about your preferences, likes, and dislikes. Secondly, take those samples and move them in front of a white sheet of paper. Do you see any undertones? As an example, gray with pinkish-purple undertones or blues with greenish undertones. Thirdly move them around the room to any large pieces of furniture and see how the undertones work with or against the furniture.

Do you know the undertones? Green, red, orange and blue paint on a wall
Do you know the undertones? Photo by David Pisnoy

Picking the Perfect White

Yes, the visions we see on Pinterest, with their cool white walls. However, which is the right white for your room? The best rule of thumb is if your room decor is in cool tones, as an example, silver, blues, pinks, etc. choose a cool white with a blue undertone. If your room decor is in warmer tones with honey oak woods, tan, beige, etc. the best white would be a creamy white with yellow undertones.

How to Choose Paint Colors or White Paint in a Grand Stair Case
White Paint in a Grand Stair Case

What is Your Favorite Color?

In conclusion, one of the best ways to pick paint color is to think about your favorite colors. Every color is based on the three primary colors Blue, Red, and Yellow. All color comes from a combination of one of these even black is mixed from color. So if you love purple but are not sure of the color use a toned-down version of it in your home. Happy Painting!

How to Choose Paint Colors? In the Mood for a Bold Color Choice?
In the Mood for a Bold Color Choice?

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