6 Tips to Help You Pick the Right Paint Color

Whether you are moving into your new home or you’ve decided it’s time to redecorate, it’s always a challenge to pick a paint color for any room. Do you stick with neutrals and keep it safe or do you go for a bold and daring color? Choosing a paint color doesn’t have to be that hard. Pick a paint color with ease with these six helpful tips!

1. Start by Finding Inspiration
Before you begin the process of picking the right paint color, you’ll want to gather a lot of inspiration! Get to know your personal style and start getting inspired by photos of decorated rooms with color palettes you love! Pinterest is usually a great place to start. Create a new board and begin your search to find anything that inspires you and your home design. Once you’ve compiled your inspiration, you’ll be able to look back and begin to see what colors and styles you are drawn to!

2. Pick Your Furniture First, Then Paint Color
Believe it or not, furniture plays a huge part in picking the right paint color. Which is why you should pick your furniture before picking a paint color! When it comes to painting, most people pick the color before they choose their furniture. However, neither way is wrong! Especially if you’re only planning on repainting a furnished room, rather than painting and decorating your brand new, new construction home!

3. Stick With Neutrals
It’s known that picking a neutral paint color is the safe choice. Don’t let that stop you from avoiding color all together though! Color can enhance and room even if you do stick with a neutral color scheme. However, if you want that bold pop of color go for it! Just make sure the surrounding environment and décor is neutral. You don’t want too many things competing with one another. In this case with paint color, it’s all about balance. For bold wall color inspiration, look no further than pinterest!

4. Test Your Color Choices
Most people tend to test paint colors before they commit to them by using the testers that store provides. However, many people forget to test the paint colors against the existing furniture or fabrics in the room, as well! You can easily test out colors against fabric and furniture by using paint chips, but if you are still undecided, you can test your color on a bigger scale. All you have to do is take a poster board and paint the color in question on the board. Once it’s dry, hold it against your furniture or hang on your wall to get a better idea of what the color will look like!

5. Pick the Right Sheen
Not only are there a multitude of paint colors to choose from, but there are also different sheens of paint to choose from as well! There is Flat, Flat Enamel, Eggshell Enamel, Satin Enamel, Semi-Gloss Enamel, and Hi-Gloss Enamel. They all sound fairly similar, but they are all different finishes with different looks. If you need any help with determining what sheen of paint you want, use this helpful guideline provided by Behr!

6. Have a Color Theme Throughout Your House
It’s easier to pick a paint color when you know what will look nice with the color theme you’ve created for your house. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to paint your house one color throughout, however all the colors you pick should blend well together. Think about how rooms open into one another or if they are closed off from one another. This can be a good guide for you when you choose your paint color. If your house has an open concept you’ll want to pick a color theme that blends well as you go room to room.

6 Simple Steps to Painting a Room

Do you want to add color and paint to a room in your home but don’t know where to start? Or do you need to revamp a room with a fresh coat of paint? Painting doesn’t have to be difficult. Paint your room with ease with these six simple steps!

1. Prep the Room
Before you even set your brush in the paint, you’ll have to prepare your room for the painting process. First, remove all furniture from the room and place it somewhere safe so you don’t get any paint on your furniture throughout the process. If you can’t remove all of the furniture from the room, you can cover it with an old sheet or tarp you don’t care about. Next, clean the walls with a cellulose sponge, water, and minimal dish soap to remove dust and dirt from the walls. By doing this, you will remove any residue that could ruin a smooth finish. Once you’re done washing the walls tape all the trim work, doorframes, and windows so that your trim stays paint-free.

2. Prime Walls
Depending on the current color of your walls, you might have to prime your walls before you paint with the new color. Darker and bolder colors are harder to paint over. Also, if you think that you don’t have to prime the walls, think again! Primer helps the coverage and sheen of paint. Therefore, your finish coat of paint has a more uniform appearance. So if you want a high-quality paint job, don’t skip this step!

3. Cut In
You’ll want to cut in detailed areas first before painting the whole room. Usually the best brushes to cut in with are sash brushes. They are usually about 1-1/2 inches wide and cut at an angle making them ideal for cutting in around detailed areas like trim, outlets, tricky corners, or around the ceiling. Extend two or three inches out from the areas you are cutting in and keep a steady hand. This step might be the most time consuming step, but it’s the most important.

4. Use the W technique
You would think rolling paint onto a wall with a roller would be easy, but there are a lot of things that have to be taken into consideration. Depending on the type of paint you’ve chosen, you’ll want to match the nap length of the roller to the paint type to ensure a uniform paint job. When you start painting, use the “W technique.” Start in the corner of a wall and roll and W pattern on a three-by-three foot space. Continue the pattern without lifting the roller and paint three-by-three sections at a time. Also, don’t forget to keep refilling your roller with paint. You’ll want a uniform paint job so don’t spread the paint too thin, but don’t overload the roller with too much paint either.

5. Paint Trim
Once the new color is on your walls its time to paint the trim work. When the walls are finally dry, take tape and tape where the trim meets the wall. Then, paint the trim with a two-inch angled brush to make the process easier!

6. Clean Up and Enjoy!
The last step to painting a room is clean up! That’s right all you have to do after your room is painted is to clean your paint brushes. Forget about cleaning the rollers, they are relatively cheap and can be thrown out, but paint brushes can be pretty expensive, so its important clean them properly so you can use it multiple times.

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