8 Secrets for Choosing Home Paint Colors
We are back with the third installment of the color portion of pursuing a homier home. If you missed the first two discussions on color, you can find them here:
- Part 1: Everything You Must Know About Color in your Home [Before Choosing Paint Colors]
- Part 2: How to Create a Whole Home Color Scheme
- Part 3: The Secrets to Choosing Home Colors & Paint Colors [From Around the Web] - this post!
Picking paint colors is often times the root of a lot of angst in a household. Because of the sheer amount of colors to choose from, it can seem completely overwhelming and way too easy to make a mistake. However, with the right guidance, you won't make another mistake again. I have rounded up all my favorite color tips from around the web from my favorite color experts. Each heading has the link directly to the post I'm referring to. I think you will find these color tips soooo helpful!! Here we go...
Takeaway: Learn how to make the right paint color choice the first time from the color experts.
by Kylie M. Interiors
Have you heard of this LRV thing? It stands for light reflective value. Let's do a little demonstration. Click the link to check out a popular color, Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. Take a look at the info box you probably never noticed. It describes the color as a light gray with warm undertones, but did you notice the LRV number in the top left corner of the info box?
After learning about LRV, I was shocked to see this number on all the paint companies descriptions. Some are harder to find than others, but they are there! If you have a fan deck of paint colors, you can find the LRV number in the index or sometimes right on the paint chip. In Kylie's discussion on LRV for the perfect light and bright room, she recommends an LRV of 62.
She goes in to great detail on how to choose the paint color using LRV based on what aesthetic you are trying to achieve and how much light exists in the room. I found her post to be so enlightening and I think you will too!
by Jackie at The School of Decorating
Jackie at The School of Decorating is another one of my favorite color experts. In this post, she talks about how to take the whole home color scheme you made in part 2 and apply it to all the rooms in your home. She has a very easy to follow style and teaches you how to focus on how to use color rather than continuing to introduce many new colors room by room.
by Kylie M. Interiors
If and when you are in the space to have to pick paint colors for cabinets, this post is the one for you. She shares so many practical tips for choosing paint for kitchen cabinets, but also the exact steps you should take to narrow down your choices and pictures to show you what she's talking about. Kylie is legit a color expert to the nines! You will definitely not be able to choose the wrong color with her descriptions.
by Corey at Hey There, Home
Most of us have decided on painting majority of our walls a neutral. However, the sheer amount of neutral paint colors is literally insane. The best part about this post is Corey breaks down the exact process you should use to narrow down your list of neutrals. As long as you created your whole home color scheme map from last week, you will have no problem following her steps to picking the perfece neutral. You can also find the rest of Corey's color posts here.
Sherwin-Williams did an interview with a designer, Sue Wadden, about all the tips she would give for choosing the right color by analyzing undertones. I found her tips to be straight forward and to the point. If you are still struggling with the undertone concept, this post will help she a little more light on the subject. These are very practical tips to add to the array of secrets to choosing paint color correctly the first time.
by Jessica from HuffPost
Speaking of practical, oh my gosh I'm certain you've made at least one of these 5 mistakes in the past. I know I have! It's so interesting to me read through these mistakes and realize how silly they are! The good news is this post walks you through how to correct these all to common mistakes before you even get to choose the paint colors - a definite must-read.
by Kylie M. Interiors
Yes, yes, and yes... Did you know that picking an exterior paint color is a totally different beast than interior? That good ole' sunshine really makes a difference. Kylie's 4 tips to choosing exterior paint are spot on. She even breaks down what to look for depending on the way your house faces. She also spends some time talking about the sheen of the paint for the various types of application you may face. When the time comes to pick exterior paint colors, you must read this! And she's funny too!
by Caroline from House Beautiful
If you need a jump off point for picking a neutral paint color, this article gives descriptions of when to use certain paint colors and links on where to get the paint color they talk about. I find sometimes I just need to read some descriptions of paint before I go to the paint store to know how I would describe such a paint.
My Favorite Interior Paint Colors
Juuusssttt in case you need a little more direction, here are some of my favorite paint colors I have used in my home or want to use in my home.
Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray - Basement Bathroom
Behr Blueprint - Home Office
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter - Kitchen
Sherwin-Williams Peppercorn - Guest Bedroom Accent Wall
Sherwin-Williams Naval - Master Bedroom Accent Wall
Benjamin Moore Grant Beige - All Neutral Walls of My Home
**Clare Current Mood - A Wonderful Medium Green I Want to Use (not shown)**
Drop a comment below to let me know what you thought of the round up! I'm hoping after this three part series you are feeling more confident to tackle your paint color decisions!