Selecting paint colors can be challenging or fun as stated in my previous post about Sherwin Williams Popular Paint Colors. So I decided to take that last post to a whole new level and now share with you different ways to find that perfect paint color.
SELECTING PAINT COLORS
As you can tell, this is a photograph of my kitchen. I recently had all the wallpaper primed and painted a basic white color. So now I have a clean slate to visualize many color options.
STEP ONE: POPULAR COLORS
My first suggestions are the go back to the list of Popular Sherwin Williams Paint Colors. This link is a good place to start. It narrows down from hundreds of colors to just 12. Another place to start is the pottery barn colors. Again, fewer colors to choose from is much more manageable. Now to the Sherwin Williams store.
STEP TWO: REMOVE UNFAVORABLE COLORS
After you have gone to Sherwin Williams and brought home these colors and a few more that have caught your eye. Now I want to encourage you to remove any colors that are not an option. Place them in a happy pile for a future project. Even though they may not work here, they may be a perfect opportunity somewhere else. Did you know there are lots of colors you may love but only certain ones that you can live with? For example, I love the color navy, but pretty sure I could not live with it on my walls in my kitchen. So, that color will go in the not an option pile.
STEP THREE: HANG COLORS ON WALL
Take some tape and display those favored paint chips you’re interested in onto one of the walls in the room you’re considering painting. A word of advice–if you currently have a color on the wall then that color can affect the new color. So I suggest putting a piece of white paper behind it or stick it to white trim. Watch those colors through the day and move them around so you can see what they will look like in different lighting. Now eliminate some more colors and take a photo of your room for Colorsnap.
STEP FOUR: COLORSNAP
Okay, this is the fun part. Colorsnap is a tool on Sherwin Williams website that allows you to upload your room to add color. Or you can select from many rooms they already have created to try out different hues. It’s fantastic! But a little glitchy. I decided to try all 12 colors from my previous post on my photo. It took me a great deal of time to complete this task. I would highly recommend narrowing down your selections to 2 or 3 colors before working in Colorsnap. You will save yourself a lot of time. But don’t let my words discourage you because it is still well worth it to try it out.
MY SELECTIONS IN COLORSNAP
STEP FIVE: QUART
I have down to one color. Now it is time to purchase a quart paint. Unless you are confident, you will like this color. In other words, you have lived with it before or seen it in another house and without a shadow of a doubt you know you will love it then you can skip this step. But if you’re like me and want to make sure then go to the paint store and buy a quart. Bring it home and paint a good section of a wall. Again, live with it for a day or two. You should know by now if it’s your color or not.
As you can tell, it pays to start thinking about your selection a good week before you plan to paint. If you painted the sample color on your wall and didn’t like it, then I would recommend starting again at the beginning. If your color was to dark or light travel back to Sherwin Williams and pull some colors lighter or darker than the one you thought you would love.
Disclosure: This post is not sponsored by SHERWIN WILLIAMS. I just really love their paint and wanted to share with you!
Whenever you start to paint your room, you may feel a little weak at the knees. Not really but you get what I am saying. Don’t panic! Finish the job! It takes a few days to adjust to a new color and once you put your furniture and accessories in place the color will change slightly or calm down and become easier on your eyes.
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Do you like selecting paint colors?