Picking Paint Color Tips
Here are essential tips that helped me avoid many color errors when choosing the right color. First off go directly to Starbucks and look at all the latte colors. Only joking of course but they do look good. Anyway that not really a bad way to start off. Essential tip number one and the best tip of all and you will thank me later for it. Stay neutral. Any artist will get excited about neutral colors because this represents a blank canvas to them. Color is good, but save it for the accents. Go neutral on the walls and bold on the accents. The color contract alone will make your room interesting. Plus at a later date when your are ready for a change-up it’s not as painful to change out the accents.
How To Choose Paint Colors For Your Home
Wall colors are going to look different at different times of the day and at different times of the seasons. The best way to choose a paint color is to get samples of the colors you like and paint a two by two square on the wall or get peel and stick paint samples and observe the color in the morning, day and in the evening. Even if you have a spend s few dollars on the paint it will be worth it. As you will find out the lighter color you picked in the store turns out to be entirely different when on the wall at home due to the lighting conditions and floor colors difference. Even your furniture can make an impact on the wall color. Read more here my article on what are the best color combinations and white walls with a feature color. Both of these articles are jam packed with fantastic information that will turn you into a designer!
What Paint Sheen Do I Need
What is the best paint finish for interior walls:
- Flat (Matte): There’s absolutely no shine. Ideal for low traffic areas such as living rooms, bedrooms and ceilings.
- Flat Enamel: It’s almost has no shine and is a little easier than flat paint to clean. However for high traffic areas there are better choices.
- Eggshell Enamel: Has a small shine and is a good choice for low traffic areas. Most marks can be wiped off or cleaned up with little effort.
- Satin Email: It shines a bit more and works well in areas in high traffic or areas with moisture. Its perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. It is also super easy to clean up.
- Enamel Semi Gloss: Shiny but not glassy finish. You can use it on trim or in very high humidity areas.
- Enamel High Gloss: Very shiny. It’s a near glass like finish and is ideal for high use surfaces.