Choosing The Perfect Paint Color: Tips For Homeowners

Posted on: 24 September 2015


The right paint color can really transform any space, but with endless color combinations, choosing the ideal shade for your space can be a real challenge. After all, not all colors or hues will work in all interior spaces. Before you start looking at paint samples at your local hardware store, then, there are some important considerations you'll want to keep in mind. This way, you can choose your next paint color with confidence.

Consider the Lighting

One aspect of selecting a paint color that many people tend to overlook is the importance of lighting when it comes to the end result. Generally, a room with lots of natural light will bring out the truest hue of your selected paint color, making it appear bolder than it may have on the sample card. On the other hand, a room with fluorescent lighting will cause your paint color to have a slightly yellow tint to it. Keep these nuances in mind as you select your paint color.

Create a Large Sample

Sure, you can pick up free samples of paint at your local hardware or home improvement store. However, those little samples make it difficult to get a true feel for how the finished product would look--especially in a larger space. To get a better idea of how a particular paint will look in your space, consider ordering a small sample can (you can often get these for free), use it to paint a large poster board to get a better feel for whether or not that's the right paint color for your space.

Consult a Color Wheel

A color wheel can work wonders when it comes to giving you inspiration for paint colors and decor. If you already have a color in mind and want to select a color that will complement it well in terms of trim, furniture, or decor accessories, simply locate the color you've chosen on the wheel and then look at the color directly across from it. 

Be Mindful of Room Size

Don't forget to factor in the size of the room when you're selecting a paint color. Keep in mind that, in smaller rooms, it's generally best to stick with lighter colors. Darker colors can cause the room to look smaller than it is. On the other hand, you can often get away with bolder, darker colors in a larger and more open space. For assistance, talk to a professional like Jackson Interior Design & Furnishing Company.