Who doesn’t love instant gratification?
Immediate visual results are what I love about painting a room. After a couple hours of rolling paint, you create a dramatic change!
Since I’m a dive-right-in kind-of-gal I have to s-l-o-w down when it comes to choosing paint colors.
The vast assortment of colors is contagious. All at once, I fall in love, and suddenly I want every color.
Tip #1- Control the impulse to choose paint color first.
Often times when you decide to paint a room, your first instinct is to jump right to picking out paint colors. Unfortunately, it’s the last thing you should do. By getting ahead of yourself, and not taking the time to think about what the room will look like as a whole once the repaint is done means your furniture and belongings are more likely to clash with your walls.
Tip #2 – Start with an inspiration - Collect painted room ideas
What better place to begin than yourself. Your closest reveals colors you’re comfortable wearing and that flatter you. If you feel good wearing them, you'll feel good having them in your home. Just as your clothes bring you confidence, your room do the same. Let these colors embrace you lifting your mood and well-being.
Next, gather inspiration from all those high-gloss stunning photographs of room settings. Nowadays the internet is full of them. Click and make a Pinterest inspiration board. Visit you paint and wallpaper store and pick up the latest pamphlets in trend colors. Snap pictures on your phone from the gorgeous room settings in the wallpaper books.
Tip #3 - Plan the details in the room you'll paint
You can take your color cues from fabrics. I find it easiest to pick a color from the largest item in the room. It can be a color from a patterned area rug, couch, a prominent side chair, or your art! This is a great jumping off point for selecting a color for your room. From there, continue to plan the other items you already own that will be in your space.
Tip #4 - To find perfect paint color, buy the BIG with testers
A paint swatch is usually no bigger than two inches square. Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to determine paint color using only a handful of tiny paint swatches.
Save yourself a headache by simply expanding your sample size. You can buy an 8-ounce sample size of real paint in any color, usually for less than $5. Take these samples home and paint an area larger than 1 square foot directly on your surface.
If you’d rather not sample paint directly on your walls, paint a few posters. This is especially helpful if you want to compare different rooms in the same color, test out different areas of the room based on light, or evaluate the poster board sample with different furniture and decor.
I encourage you to move your large sample board around!
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