How to Choose a Paint Color

More often than not, when it comes to choosing a paint color, we find ourselves trapped. We are bombarded with helpful suggestions from friends and family, find ourselves attracted to a wide range of looks, and spend far too long examining the minute differences between two shades of a color.  Instead of getting the work done, we get caught in a state of deliberation.

If you find yourself in this situation, here are some useful tips on how you can easily pick the perfect color for your room:

  • Experiment in a small area. It is often a huge waste of paint, time, and effort if you immediately start painting the entire room when you are still doubtful about how the color will look.  Paint a small area of a wall, where you can see how the color looks in different lighting throughout the day.  If you’re debating between two colors, do the same for both.
  • Consider the room in relation to other rooms in your house. Even if you have an eclectic home, it’s nice to have a certain continuity throughout the rooms, so choose a color that will flow well with the surrounding rooms.  This is especially important for homes with open concept floor plans or rooms that have open walkways.
  • Choose a color that goes well with the furniture and accessories of the room. Make sure that the color of your paint matches well with what is inside the room; otherwise, you will end up with a mismatched, unpleasant combination. Create sample boards of paint colors that you would want for the room and place them pictures of your furniture and home decor. You will get a glimpse of how things look together before you do the work.
  • Determine what type of ambiance you want to create in your room. Typically, the color of the room influences its mood. If you want a more soothing effect, try soft and cool colors. If you would rather want a more dramatic effect, bolder colors are better.
  • Take lighting into consideration. Paint colors often have different hues based on the lighting in the room. There are colors that become too bright when the sunlight hits them, and others become enhanced with a touch of indirect light. To test your paint colors against lighting, use the light boxes available in paint stores.
  • Mix and match colors. If one color of paint seems dull and doesn’t work for you, combine it with one or two other paint colors to create depth and contrast.


Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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