Selecting Paint for Your Home

Updated: Aug 5, 2020

Is there anything more frustrating than finding a paint color you love, only to find that when it's on your walls, it's all wrong?!?!

"But it looked totally different on the paint chip!" --- If I had a dime for every time I heard this, I'd be ballin'. Ya know what I mean?

<---- And this is me selecting paint at the local Sherwin Williams store! "It's a mystery!!!" How exciting!

I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again: If I had just one superpower, I wish it were the ability to select paint colors! The good news is this - I'm pretty sure I found a solution to all of our paint color headaches! Through failure, I've learned a lot! ;) Here are a few tips to help you overcome the paint struggle:

#1: Always remember, less is more!

We've heard the saying over and over again, and when it comes to selecting paint colors, this is 100% true. My go-to rule is to keep your paint selections for your entire home at no more than four colors. Select one wall color, one trim color, and two accent colors, and use those colors in different ways around your home. As far as the finish goes, it's an easy decision to make! Eggshell for the walls and semi-gloss for your trim work. Eggshell is matte and easy to clean, while semi-gloss reflects light in the room, creating just the pop you desire! And remember, just because you're using only three to four colors doesn't mean your style is boring! Your style can still be eclectic and unique by incorporating different textures and artwork in your decor!

#2: Consider undertones.

Undertones are those little hints of color that are seen in different lighting conditions. That means Bohemian Black isn't just black! It's purplish-black! Before you put that awesome paint color on your wall, look for undertones. Be sure to give that paint chip a second and third look under various lighting conditions to make sure there aren't any undertones you didn't see the first time!

#3: Transition by shade.

If you're unsure of the colors you want to use throughout the house, it's a great idea to select one main color and then transition using the shade of color you love. In one of the projects we are currently working on, we are transitioning from SW Extra White on the trim, to SW Ice Cube on the walls, to SW Krypton on select accent areas, and then SW Naval on accent walls. Extra White is a white-white color (I'm also planning to utilize this in smaller spaces on the trim AND walls), Ice Cube has a subtle blue hue, Krypton has a more distinct blue hue, and Naval is a bold navy blue color. I can't wait to show you guys how these colors compliment each other throughout the home!

#4: And finally, go with what you love!