One of my favourite things to do at the shop is help our customers pick their perfect paint colour. It’s amazing what an impact colour has on mood and atmosphere and I’m very honored to be a part of our customers’ homes. But if you’re ever stared with frustration at a fan deck filled with thousands of shades, you know that choosing the right one can be a challenge. Over the years I’ve discovered our customers making the same mistakes so I’ve put together a short list of things to watch out for.
NOT COMING PREPARED – You’ll be much more successful at picking the right paint colour if you think of it in context with the rest of your home. If possible, bring in floor samples, fabrics swatches, an off cut of your flooring or counter, or a favourite piece of art. Bought a new pair of sheets or curtains for the bedroom? Bring them in for a match. Ordered something online? Wait until your purchase arrives before you make a decision. I’ve learned the hard way that a picture or description on the website can be deceiving and often what was supposed to be beige in the photo ends up grey in real life.
PICKING A SHADE THAT’S TOO DARK – When looking at a small paint chip it can be hard to imagine what it will look like on a larger area. Generally, paint colours looks about half a shade DARKER on the wall than on the chip. At the paint store, look at the colours against a white background for context and if you’re stuck between two shades of the same colour start with the lighter one
PICKING A WALL PAINT THAT’S TOO GLOSSY – In the past, painting the walls with a semigloss paint was the only way to get a washable finish. This was great in high traffic rooms like kitchens, hallways and bathrooms. But these days even matte paints are designed to be scrubbed clean. With a very low sheen, they won’t highlight wall imperfections. Even if your walls are rough, a flatter paint will minimize those bumps and give the impression of a smoother surface.
PICKING A COLOUR THAT’S TOO BRIGHT – Paint colours can not only look darker on the wall, they can also look much brighter (especially if you have a lot of natural light) and what you thought was going to be a cheerful yellow can quickly turn into a fluorescent shade that’s impossible to live with. Instead, choose a softer shade of your favourite colour and you’ll create a space that’s only only stylish but also comfortable.
NOT TRYING A SAMPLE – At the end of the day, the best way to try on a new wall colour is try some paint on the walls. After all, you wouldn’t buy that pair of jeans without trying them on, right? Lighting makes a huge difference in how we see colour so paint a sample in your space (in the corner and on a wall opposite a window) and evaluate it both during the day in natural light and at night when you turn on the lights. The latter is especially important when picking paint for the bedroom since we spend most of our time there after sundown.
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help. At the shop, we’ve been picking paint for years so we’re pretty familiar with a fan deck. Plus, if you have a specific issue (like mold in the bathroom or peeling paint) ask us which products are best for your walls. There are so many products on the shelf, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s why we’re there!
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