10 Tips for Picking the Perfect Paint Color

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Sep 10

So you’ve decided that you want to paint, but how do you decide which color to use?

When considering your options, remember that color amounts to 60% of our response to an object or place. This is called “color psychology” and is something that we need to keep in mind when we choose colors for our homes. Below are a few tips to help you figure out which colors work best for you and your space”

1. Start small
If you aren’t sure where to begin with color, choose a hallway, bathroom or accent wall to experiment with. Draw inspiration from a favourite color from artwork, a rub, dishes or a piece of furniture as the main color or accent.

2. What is the “mood” of the room?
When picking a color, think about the “mood” of the room: do you want your bedroom to feel restful or dramatic? Do you want your dining room to be sociable or formal? Do you want a child’s room to be active and exciting or orderly?

Soft, cool colors and neutrals create a quieter feeling and brighter colors add drama; warmer colors with brighter contrasts make a room feel more sociable; and children’s rooms can easily become overwhelming with the use of bright colors.

3. Consider your lighting
When picking your paint chips be sure to use a light box (located in the paint store) to test how paint chips react to light.

Natural daylight shows the truest color, incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows, and fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone. So for instance a strong color might be too bright when used on all walls, or next to a large window.

4. Learn the Color Terms
Here is a quick summary of what you should know:

  • Hue is what a color is called. Red is the hue; blue is the hue.
  • The value of the hue is how light or dark it is.
  • Saturation refers to how dominant the hue is. Going from red to pink, the red hue becomes less dominant.
  • Intensity is the brilliance of the color. The pure colors such as red are more intense than the combined colors such as yellow-green. A stronger intense color usually has a more dominant hue.

A more active space should have a stronger, more intense color. Very light colors can feel bright and stark when they cover all surfaces in a room. However, two or more medium-light, closely related pastels can create a luminous effect when used in the same room.

5. Test Your Color Choice
If you’re still unsure, paint poster board or a large area of a wall. Be creative! Use strong, vivid colors or deep neutrals like chocolate brown or olive green as main or accent colors, or add color to the ceiling -tinted ceilings can dramatically change the look of a room.

6. Use Decorative Finishes to Add Depth
Use visual textures to add interesting touches and make a space feel more personal. Some examples of reflective metals are mica, copper, pewter, bronze, and antiquated silver and gold.

7. Consider the View From Another Room
Think of walls as panes of color and see how they interact by viewing one room from another adjacent room. Think of the flow of a room like a composition: when you’re in one room you’ll going to see a piece of another room through it.

8. Follow the Color Wheel
A small color wheel is a great reference tool which illustrates the visual temperature of a color. For example, draw a line from the yellow-green mark on the color wheel all the way down to red-violet and you’ll see that all the colors on the left are warm and all the colors on the right are cool. This will give you a better idea of which color combinations work well together.

9. Use Monochromatic Color Schemes
Use contrasting paint finishes to create bold or subtle variations within a color group. For example, try using a single color in different finishes for walls and trim in a single space. Be creative!

10. Use Different Paint Finishes
A single color used on walls and trim takes on a whole new personality when applied in different finishes. For example, paint walls and trim the same color but use an eggshell (matte and less reflective) finish on the walls and a semi gloss on the trim. The color will appear slightly different on each surface. This is a great way to create a cohesive look in rooms with many windows and doors with very little wall area.

For more advice on how you can use paint to freshen up your home, contact us at or call us at (204) 691-6264.

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