Skip to main content

Choosing Paint for Interior Walls

Are you contemplating painting a room or two in your home?  Recently, I went through the process of selecting paint for an entire house.  It felt like an overwhelming decision at first, so I thought I'd share some of my experience to help you when faced with making paint decisions.

How to Select Paint Colors for Your Home


The Beach-My Color Inspiration
Step One:  Look to Your Favorite Things for Inspiration
One of the first steps in the paint selection process is to decide on the color pallet you will be working with.  If you have existing furniture that you will be integrating into the room you'll want to use colors from the furniture to guide your selection.  In my case, I was starting with empty rooms, so I looked to some of my favorite things for inspiration.

Step Two:  Find Inspiration Rooms
The next step for me was looking for other rooms that were decorated using the same colors.  One of the first places I look for decorating inspiration these days is www.houzz.com.  It is a wonderful site to look for all kinds of decorating styles. You are certain to find rooms there that will inspire your own decorating style.

An Example of a www.houzz.com Inspiration

Step Three:  Get Tips from Experts
Next, you'll want to get tips from experts on selecting paint.  YouTube and various paint sites have videos you may find helpful.  Now you are ready for your trip to the paint store.  Select a variety of paint chips you think will fit your color pallet.  Bring them home to assess in the natural light of your home.  Cut the paint chips apart and discard the ones you have eliminated.  They will only confuse you if you keep them.  Stick the chips on the wall in the room.

Evaluating Paint Colors
Step Five:  Take Your Time
Don't rush to judgment.  In the picture above I was trying to decide between light and dark colors.  I hadn't decided which I preferred.  Hopefully, you'll be able to narrow your choices down so that you can afford to get sample sizes of the paint to bring home and try out on the wall.  Light changes throughout the day will affect how the paint color looks on your walls. Be sure you look at your colors in the morning, mid-day and evening light.


So, what colors did I select?  This is the paint selection I thought would best represent the beach colors I was striving for in my home.

My Paint Colors-Behr Paints
The entry, kitchen, living room, dining room and bathrooms are all painted in Tuscan Beige.  It is a light stone color that reminds me of beach sand.  Yacht Harbor is used as an accent color on one small wall that is visible from the dining room, kitchen and living room.  This Yacht Harbor blue makes me think of the ocean on a bright and sunny day.  Two of the bedrooms are painted in Silver Charm, a blue-gray that reminds me of the sky.  The final bedroom is painted in Provence Creme because it makes me think of sunshine.

My rooms have been painted for a little over a week and the colors seem right.  Now it is time for the rest of the decorating to begin.  Before I sign off from this post I'd like to leave you with some tips I learned from this painting project that will hopefully help you in your next painting project.

  • Take your time.  Don't rush the paint selection or the paint application.  You'll be happier with the result.
  • Make your decision about your paint color at home.  There is too much distraction at the paint store and the light is all wrong.
  • Apply a sample of the paint to your wall, but if you don't and the color isn't right, just start over.  You don't want to hate the color.  I had to do this in the Provence Creme bedroom.  The first yellow paint I chose was just too yellow for my liking.
  • Start with a light color.  Paint dries darker than it is when first applied.  Dark colors will be darker.  When in doubt start with a lighter color.

Happy painting!

Photobucket

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

How to Trap and Get Rid of Fruit Flies

What can you do to kill fruit flies?  We've all been there.  Fruit flies in the kitchen.  Fruit flies in the bathroom.  Fruit flies buzzing around everywhere in your home.   It's a frustrating problem that happens to everyone at one time or another.  If you are a fresh fruit and produce lover you certainly know what I mean. How to Kill Fruit Flies with Two Ingredients Those pesky little buggers can often be brought into your home on the vegetables and fruit you buy. There are many solutions offered for fruit fly traps to help you solve your problem.   A quick Amazon search found these products. You can spend your money on one of these solutions or I can save you a whole lot of your hard-earned cash today. My solution is the best.  Here's why: You have the ingredients in your kitchen now.  You need apple cider vinegar and a mild dish liquid . It's a healthy, family-friendly solution. It works quickly. Two-Ingredient No Pesticide Fruit Fly Trap

How to Make a Perfect Bacon and Eggs Breakfast

In my opinion, the best breakfast consists of two perfectly fried eggs, crispy bacon, and toast made with a hearty bread. It is the breakfast you want when you have time to relax around the kitchen table, drinking a cup of coffee or two. The Best Bacon and Eggs for Breakfast (This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.  When you make a purchase using these links you help support this blog.) How to Cook Bacon and Eggs My technique was learned from my mom, by watching her make our family's breakfast over and over again, year after year.  Cooking eggs in bacon fat is easy and takes just a little practice to perfect. All you really need for a great bacon and eggs breakfast is a good nonstick skillet and a good toaster . If you want to make your own bread for toast, a bread machine like mine  will make that easy as can be. Three Ingredients for a Great Breakfast A loaf of your favorite bread Extra-large eggs, because you want a g

How to Turn Store-Bought Potato Salad from Blah to Amazing

Here's a time-saver for you just in time for summer cookouts.  When you need a quick potato salad, that ordinary store-bought potato salad you have in your refrigerator can go from blah to amazing in just a few minutes with just a few ingredients. There's no judgment here. We don't always have the time to make a potato salad from scratch. Sometimes it is just easier to stop by your local grocery store to pick up a container of the store-made potato salad. It's good. It's predictable.  It will do.  All it needs is a little doctoring. How to Make Store-Bought Potato Salad Better Take Your Potato Salad from Blah to AH-Mazing! What should you do if you want that store-bought potato salad to have a little more flavor? You're going to a potluck picnic or you are having people over for an impromptu barbecue and you'd like your potato salad to be a little special. There is no need to fret.  A quick trip to the grocery store will get you start

Rum Punch for a Party

As the weather warms and you start to think about gathering friends and family for parties and celebrations you'll want to think about signature cocktails. This rum punch cocktail is an ideal cocktail for a large gathering. Don't you think a warm-weather cocktail should make imagine yourself sitting by the shore with your toes in the sand? Rum punch is one of those cocktails.  Cool and fruity, rum punch will make a party! One sip and you'll be transported to the beach. Rum Punch Cocktail (This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.  When you make a purchase using these links you help support this blog.) Rum Punch for a Party! This rum punch recipe is a make-ahead recipe I use whenever we are having a large group for a summer picnic or barbecue.  Use the recipe below as your baseline and double or triple the ingredients as needed. You'll need a large container for storage and room enough in your refrigerator to keep it cool.  My f

Forgotten Pork Chops

Today dawned dark and dreary in my corner of New England.  I woke to a dusting of snow, gray skies, and an ongoing drizzle forecast for the remainder of the day. It's days like these when you turn to a one-pan, comfort food dinner like this recipe for Forgotten Pork Chops. This recipe is perfect for a dreary winter weeknight or any day you want an easy, hearty meal. (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  When you purchase through these links I receive a small compensation.)  Forgotten Pork Chops Truth be told, this recipe came about on a day when I wasn't really in the mood to spend time in the kitchen.  Much like today, it was dreary.  It was pouring rain and we had just sent the last of our guests home from my son's wedding. All I wanted to do was sit with my feet up. I needed an easy pork chop recipe!  This recipe is the result and has been a favorite ever since.  The recipe serves two to four, depending on the number of pork chops you us