Okay, so do you want to know my number one rule for choosing paint colors? For real just one rule that I follow alllllll the time.
First, I have to say I don't actually have very many rules for decorating at all. I think there are very few that must be followed. The rest can usually be bent or broken altogether. Rebellious much?
But if everyone would just follow this one rule for choosing paint colors it would prevent 100% of bad paint choices.
Okay, I don't know the actual percentage. But every time I see someone doing this at the paint or hardware store, I feel like I may just lose my mind. Because I know it's totally going to suck.
So here it is…here is the one thing I forbid you to do in all your decorating forevermore….
Do NOT choose paint colors at the store!
For the love of Pete, just don't do it!
Paint is made up of different colors. Remember our lesson on color theory? The only simple colors are full-on primary colors – red, blue and yellow.
When you or I pick a paint color at the store, it's usually under yellow florescent lighting, right? Well that florescent lighting changes the way all paint colors look to our eyes – the undertones.
It simply will not look the same at home. EVER!
The right way to pick paint colors:
1. Bring paint swatches home with you. Tape the swatches to the wall.
2. Or buy a sample pot and try a few shades on the wall in the room you want to paint.
3. Then place some of the accents (flooring if it's not yet laid, furniture, pillows, etc.) in the room.
4. Now look at the paint in different lighting at different times of day. Choose what looks best in the space with the accents and actual lighting.
It becomes much easier to choose well, when you see the paint in it's true surroundings!
Now, just promise me you won't ever choose a paint color at the store, ever, EVER again. Promise!
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