Choosing the right paint color can be a daunting task for most people. Even designers sometimes have a difficult time deciding the best color to put on such large areas. The thought of "committing" to something as large as a wall space sends some on a mad dash to the paint store to pick out their fifteen favorite samples to splash all over the walls. I once heard someone say, "painting a wall is like having an affair...you don't have to commit". Now, this blog is not meant to get into marital discussions or talk about my thoughts on the subject, but that person was correct when it comes to paint colors.
On the home tour last weekend, one of the questions that I received the most was "what color is on the wall in 'X' room". It made me stop and think that this color solution that comes so easily to some of us is really one of the first steps in helping others visualize how differently a room can look with just a coat of paint. Painting a room is a very inexpensive way to change the entire look of a space. Here are a few tips and some of my favorite shades.
1) Samples. Always, ALWAYS, aLWaYs put a sample on the wall. Choose at least three samples. Select the one that you absolutely love, then select a shade darker and a shade lighter. Paint a 2x2 foot square so that you are able to see a large enough space. You may decide that you do not like a color if you paint a large enough swatch of it.