Four Secrets for Finding the Perfect Wall Color

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Selecting a wall color for a newly renovated space can be challenging, especially if you have multiple household members voicing their opinions and existing furnishings to take into account. Before you begin splurging on buckets of paint, there are a few ways you can narrow down your color options. Here are four secrets for finding the perfect wall color for your living space.

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1. Use sample boards

Sample boards are small boards that you can paint various colors on and use for comparison. The goal is to give you an idea of what a color may look like in your space before you buy gallons of paint. Hold dry sample boards up to existing furniture and fabrics in your space to envision how a hue will look in your room.

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2. Be inspired

Perhaps you love all of the colors you’ve come across in the paint aisle. Understandably, this can make it difficult to narrow down your options. Using your inspiration can help at a time like this, according to Benjamin Moore. Think of your last memorable vacation and the hues you associate with it. For example, a tropical trip might bring to mind colors like ocean blue and sunset orange. Inspiration can help you select wall colors that you know you already enjoy.

3. Think about mood

It’s critical to think about how you want to feel in your living space once the color is on the walls. For instance, red may bring out energy, which is not exactly what you want in a child’s bedroom when you want your little one to get some sleep. Save the stimulating colors for recreational areas of the house. Opt for soothing pastels, such as mellow yellow or pale pink, in rooms like the master suite.

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4. Understand the impact of lighting

A color may pop out more on your walls depending on the type of lighting you use, as well as the amount of illumination in the room. Here are some key points to know while selecting your paint:

  • Natural daylight is ideal for viewing the paint’s true hue.
  • Incandescent lighting casts a warm, yellow tone onto walls.
  • Fluorescent lighting creates a sharp blue tone.

As you narrow down your wall paint options, consider how much natural and artificial light you have in the space. This will give you an idea of how the hue will be reflected in the room on a daily basis.

Whether you’re painting a living room or your kitchen, the right color can make all of the difference. These four secrets for selecting the perfect paint hue can ensure you’re satisfied with the end result for years to come.

Four Secrets for Finding the Perfect Wall Color was last modified: January 9th, 2017 by Krystle Vermes
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