7 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Shade of Paint

7 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Shade of Paint
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    Choosing the right shade of paint isn’t easy. In fact, most people spend more time picking out a shade of paint than they do actually painting with it.

    Unfortunately, if you want a room that shines, you really need to take your time when choosing the paint.

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Choosing the right shade of paint isn’t easy. In fact, most people spend more time picking out a shade of paint than they do actually painting with it. Unfortunately, if you want a room that shines, you really need to take your time when choosing the paint.

The right shade of paint can turn a drab room into one that’s alive with color. The wrong shade of paint on the other hand is more than capable of destroying a room. Here are seven tips for choosing a shade of paint that fits into the former category.

Learn the Language

In an effort to make choosing a shade of paint even more difficult, paint manufacturers seem to have created their own language. To avoid confusion, start your search for the perfect shade of paint by learning the following terms.

  • A hue is a color — i.e., blue is a hue.
  • A hue’s value is how light or dark it is.
  • A hue’s saturation is how dominant it is — i.e., the blue hue is more dominant in dark blue than light blue.

Think About Light

A very important factor in choosing the right shade of paint for an individual room is how much natural light it receives. If you are painting a somewhat dark room — i.e., one that faces north, you should opt for warm shades such as orange or red. On the other hand, if the room in question receives a lot of natural light, you are usually better off choosing a cool color such as pale blue or green.

Look at Your Furniture

Unless you’re decorating a room from scratch, it’s important to choose a shade of paint that blends well with your room’s existing furnishings. The easiest way to make sure that nothing clashes is to take a quick photo of your room’s furniture and take it with you when paint shopping.

Look at Adjacent Rooms

Don’t forget to look at adjacent rooms when making your choice. When you’re standing in one room with the door open, the adjacent room is obviously going to be visible and you don’t want the two rooms to clash. If you want a home that flows rather than bounces, always take adjacent rooms into account when painting.

Tonal Colors are Ideal for Bedrooms

If you are painting a bedroom, you should be aiming for a relaxing, harmonious look. A popular means of achieving such a look is to use tonal colors on alternate walls. A tonal color scheme is one that consists of multiple shades of the same color. Should this sound a little boring, colors on the same stripe card can also create harmony.

Contrast is Better for Energetic Rooms

A more striking, energetic look can be achieved by painting different walls completely different colors. The easiest way to find too different colors that go well together is to choose opposites. Once you’ve selected a single color that you like, simply look at colors on the opposite side of the color circle. It might sound simple, but the result is usually very stylish.

Always Try Before You Buy

Finally, regardless of how much you like a particular shade of paint, always try before you buy. Color swatches can be deceiving. Always paint a square foot of your wall with a sample before buying a full tin. Doing so only takes a few minutes, but it could easily save you hours of wasted time.

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Wyatt Cameron completed his Master’s in Real Estate from Colorado Real Estate School, he mostly deals with flats for sale in and around Brisbane.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".