Color Confusion: Choosing Paint Colors

One of the most difficult steps in painting a room in your home is choosing the paint color. Even if you have an idea in your head of what you want the finished space to look like, it can be more than a little challenging to find a color that seems to be what you want. Color confusion can cause major frustration, and possibly even cause you to put off your painting project altogether. To avoid this, there are a few important tips to keep in mind when it comes to choosing paint colors.

Paint Chips.

Checking out paint chips helps you get a better idea of what a paint color will actually look like on the walls in your home. Seeing a specific paint color online or in the store may be all good and fine, but that doesn’t guarantee it’s going to appear the same once it’s slathered on the walls in your house. Take the paint chips home and hold them against the wall to get the most precise idea of what the color will look like once the paint is applied.


Considering the amount of lighting in a room can make a huge difference when determining paint colors. If a room has a lot of natural light, you have a lot more freedom in terms of which colors will work and which won’t. You can even go with as dark and dramatic a color as black, if there’s a decent amount of natural light in the room and you keep the black to only one or two of the walls, rather than surrounding the whole room with it.


The mood you’re trying to achieve is one of the most integral considerations when choosing paint color. If you’re trying for a calm, casual room, stick with a neutral shade like beige or off-white. For more of a funky, dramatic feel, you can play around with prints and patterns, or even mix and match doing each wall a different shade. You want to create the desired feel in the room, but also inject your own personality into it. This is your home, your castle, and it should be something you enjoy seeing.

The most important thing is to have fun with it. Remember, you’re painting now and you can always paint again, so even if you end up with a slightly iffy hue in your home, it’s not the end of the world. At least by keeping these handy tips in mind, you should never find yourself stuck without a clue at the paint store again.

Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on June 14th, 2012


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