How to Choose Interior Paint Colours

Interior Painting 15/08/2019

Choosing colours for your home can be a challenge. Not only is this a personal decision, but with so many paint choices out there today, it can be difficult to narrow down exactly what the best options are. It can be confusing with so many subtle variations in colour, but there are some key things to consider when you are searching for new paint colours.

There are no right or wrong answers, of course, but there are some colours that may not match certain furniture or finishes, for example.

This is why the first step in choosing a paint colour should be the overall look that you want to achieve with the existing flooring, window treatments, and furniture in the room in mind at all times.

A great way to get started is to use online sites like Pinterest and Houzz to get inspiration and ideas for your own paint projects. Plus, these sites might offer additional tips and insight to assist you in choosing the best colours.

General Colour Tips and Rules

Although they are few, there are some general guidelines to keep in mind when selecting colours:

  1. While natural wood trim is beautiful, it is usually best suited to be done in lighter colors. Typically, dark colours don’t show as well or may make rooms and entryways look smaller.
  2. Stick to white (or close to it) for ceilings. A dark ceiling will instantly close in the room.
  3. Use light or bright colours for small spaces. Paint can do wonders to change the look of a space, including making it look bigger.
  4. Current trends lean towards grey and off-white, but you can never go wrong with creams and beige tones, either. If you aren’t sure where to start but you don’t want something bold, consider these colour families first.

Beyond these few tips, the rest of the paint selection process really comes down to your personal preference. Since we know this can still be a daunting thought, we have more advice. Keep reading to get more help choosing your paint colours.

Ask the Paint Store Pros

Who better to help you choose a good paint than the people who sell it all day long? These people know what works– and what doesn’t. Rely on them to assist you when you are struggling with colour selection. They have samples, charts, and colour sheets to help in the process and can even provide consultations in many cases. Even if they only help you find the right track to start your colour selection, they can at least get you started.

How to Select the Right Colour

If you are getting ready to paint, or even thinking about changing the colours in your home, start looking at the walls around you. Look at other homes you visit or businesses that you go to. Make notes of colours you like or those that you don’t. Feel free to ask for colour names or brands if you really enjoy something.

Another great way to see what’s out there is to look online at manufacturers’ websites. Sherwin Williams and other manufacturers have color swatches on their websites. However, you have to remember that the exact color may vary between devices and practical application. The best thing to do is use this for a starting point, but to rely on actual samples before you make a final decision.

Take a trip to your local paint store and pick up some samples. Feel free to choose as many as you’d like for each area that you are painting. Tape the samples up or paint a small area of the wall (if you obtained liquid samples) and let it sit for a few days. See how the colour looks at various times of the day. If you still can’t decide, feel free to paint a bigger sample space or go back to the colour selection to find some new colours that inspire you more.

REMINDER: Every paint manufacturer has the technology and tools to duplicate colours from any other manufacturer. Therefore, you shouldn’t limit yourself to the available colours in a specific product line. Choose the colour that you like first and then find the right paint product.

Let Elite Trade Painting of Edmonton provide you with samples, guidance, and other tools to help with colour selection. We have seen a lot of colour choices over the years and can use our experience to help you make the best choice.

You can get in touch with us by calling 1-877-663-5483, or by calling our local number in the Edmonton, ON area at 780-989-3738.

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