When choosing a new paint palette for your home, looking at the most popular colors is an excellent starting point. After all, so many customers choose them for a reason. Let’s run down popular colors from leading paint companies Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, Behr, and Porter Paints.
This paint manufacturer makes it easy to follow trends in paint demand by listing its best sellers by color family. The top 10 reds are:
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If you prefer a more neutral color, the top 10 are:
The company also lists top 10 colors for oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purples, pinks, whites, browns, blacks and grays.
While this paint manufacturer does not show its colors grouped by sales online, it does share best sellers with its reps. The most recent list features an overall top 10:
As you can see, whites, beiges and tans dominate the list from this paint company. This makes sense for a number of reasons. First, new construction tends to veer toward neutral color palettes so as to attract a wider range of buyers. You can more easily envision living in a home with neutral walls, even if you dream of brighter colors, than you can one with hues you just do not like.
Second, these colors are also the safest choice for overall and attract existing homeowners as well who prefer to use furniture and décor to make color statements.
This paint manufacturer not only offers up its most popular colors by family, but also by room. The top 10 for blues are:
And in the bedroom, the top 10 colors are:
As you can see, the top colors are neutrals, with many veering toward green, a relaxing hue perfect for a sleeping space. In contracts, the top 10 colors for the kitchen are:
There are a few neutrals on this list, but the appetite-stimulating red dominates.
Finally, this paint company shows its colors by family and group, with clean, muted, and neutral as the options, as well as by collection. You can glean which hues are the most popular by looking at the numbers.
The company sells 324 greens, 258 purples, 241 different blues and 205 oranges. Compare that to the three mauves it offers and you can tell which color families are most in demand by homeowners.
Where to View Popular Paint Colors
Each of these paint companies shows their complete color collection online, helping you narrow options with a variety of tools, from virtual paint chips to room visualizers that allow you to upload a photo and apply a hue.
Each manufacturer website also has a store locator if you prefer to see colors in person from the start of your search. These locations, whether standalone outlets or sections in home improvement stores, also can provide paint chips and samples to take home and test.
And, of course, your professional painter can help during any step of the selection process and also share which colors prove the most popular for your type of home and region.
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Just as you keep mood in mind when choosing paint colors for your home—a tranquil green for the bedroom, an appetizing red for the dining room—so should you when picking a color scheme for your office. Use these tips to do exactly that.
Consider Your Line of Work
What do you do for a living? Your profession should factor heavily into the paint colors you choose, whether for a home office or commercial space you share with others.
Blues—This hue works for a variety of professions, as it aids in concentration. It also evokes a sense of trust and security in those who work in the setting as well as in those who visit. With that in mind, businesses that offer financial or healthcare services often utilize this paint color in their offices as they want clients and patients to feel they are in good hands.
In this Earth and Sky office space by Behr, the blue frames the windows, applying that mood to the view and outlook for both the resident of the office and visiting clients. The blue of Heron complements Melted Chocolate on the walls and Classic Taupe on the trim.
Greens—This paint color also works well in healthcare settings, especially that of mental health, because of the strong sense of calm and balance it evokes. Financial institutions also use it in darker hues for those same feelings as well as for the suggestion of growth and wealth.
The color palette for this Soothing Home Office Space by Benjamin Moore would suit a therapist perfectly. It uses Tree Moss on the walls and trims the room in Mountain Peak White. Branchport Brown serves as the accent color, grounding the room throughout.
Reds—If your line of work requires you to be productive physically, opt for this stimulating color. Physical trainers who paint their space with a red accent wall keep clients motivated and working toward their goals.
Yellows—If your job requires sparks of creativity throughout the day, look at different shades of yellow as it inspires new ideas and sets a playful tone. Designers, writers, artists and others in creative professions benefit from having yellow in their workspaces.
This Earthy Yellow Home Office Space by Benjamin Moore would suit a graphic designer well. Dijon coats the walls, with Deep in Thought doing its job on the trim and door. The blond finish on the furniture and complementary chrome keep the room airy and light.
Other Tips for Choosing Office Paint Colors
Keep it simple. Too many colors can create a confusing, hectic mood that distracts both you and visitors. Choose one main color and complementary hues for accents and trim. If you choose multiple groupings for a larger complex, keep in mind that the vantage points throughout the office. What colors can you see through open doors? Do the colors schemes in each room flow from one to the other? They should.
Brighten things up. For common areas used for collaboration, such as conference rooms, keep the color scheme bright to spark creativity as noted above. Your employees won’t find a space with plain white walls conducive to coming up with big ideas that will boost your business.
Ask for input. If you do own a business with multiple employees working in a space, include them in the creative process. The final decision will be up to you, of course, but getting the input of those who will share the office with you 40-plus hours a week will make it a collaborative effort. Just don’t ask everyone to pitch in on the painting itself. Hire professionals for that.
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Picking exterior paint colors for a commercial building differs from doing the same for your home. Whereas a bold color may suit your three-bedroom bungalow on a half-acre lot, it may not work on a larger structure in a business district. Keep the following considerations in mind when choosing the color scheme for your commercial building.
Commercial Buildings Typically Are Bigger
A neutral color palette may be the best option for a large building. Not only will the right neutrals blend with the structure’s surroundings, they will more easily complement your business logo or any exterior signage. Allow these elements to stand out against the color scheme, also picking up bold colors on accents, such as trim and doors.
Note: If your commercial building has historic status, know that your options are limited to those approved by the governing body. For example, the historic district in Grapevine, Texas, specifies the paint manufacturer preservation color palettes for all landmarks and buildings that must be used, and plans must be submitted to the city for approval before any modifications are made. Be sure to check with the appropriate office in your city if painting a historic building.
Consider the Architecture and Exterior Material
In addition to picking a color palette that you like and that would serve your business well, also consider the style of building and its exterior materials. For example, don’t paint a Victorian in sedate hues—use the architectural interest to make a statement if appropriate.
The material itself not only affects the appearance of a paint color, it also may dictate a specific product to use. Wood requires different paint than concrete and different paint than stucco to get complete coverage. Your professional painter can best advise on this front.
Look at Surroundings of the Building
Just as you factored in your company graphics, also look at what surrounds your building when choosing paint colors. Does it sit on a small lot? A darker color will keep the building from looking oversized. Also ask: Do you have evergreen or seasonal landscaping? Are the driveways and walkways neutral or must their color be considered, as well? What colors are the surrounding buildings? What services does your business offer? A law office, for example, would require a more sedate in tone palette than, say, an ice cream shop.
And just as you must follow guidelines and get approval if your commercial building sits in a historical district, the same applies if you lease within a business or industrial park. The owners of the property likely have architectural standards that all occupants must adhere to—check before starting the creative process.
Ask These Questions of Commercial Painters
When getting estimates for your commercial painting project, ask if the companies are licensed and insured in order to protect your business and its employees during the application. Also request references and examples, calling past clients to inquire as to the professionalism of the painters and driving by the past projects to see the work done. This will be an investment of time and finances for your business, so you want to ensure the work will be done in the time frame given and to the standards promised. You can also get more advice on choosing a professional painter on our website.
Once the exterior painting has been completed, move on to the interior. It makes sense to complete the entire painting of your commercial building in this order, as depending on the size of the building and what your business does, you may need to halt operations during the process. Using a company that has proven itself outside can mean staying on schedule during an interior painting job.
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Do you have plans to paint the interior of your home in 2015? If so, then familiarize yourself with the paint color trends that will be followed across the country. We rounded up the color schemes destined for popularity from leading paint companies Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, and Pittsburgh Paints.
The company presents 15 palettes for the coming year, including Deep Dreams. Shown in two bedrooms on the Behr website, the dark colors transform the space into “a dreamy, mythical landscape.” In the first, Essential Teal covers the walls, adding mystery and majesty. Seared Gray on the walls of the second bedroom serves as an elegant neutral.
On the lighter side, Behr shows Frosted Pastels in two bathrooms. The frosty pink of Secret Blush on walls has an airy, feminine appeal, and Dandelion Tea creates a lovely background against which brighter accessories and furniture can pop.
Nuanced Neutrals in two kitchen examples creates the “perfect marriage of function, color and contentment.” The dusty Blue Clay covers the walls in one, with the crisp Snap Pea Green as the dominant color in the other. Mocha Foam, Mulberry Wine, and Peach Preserve complete the color scheme.
Four palettes represent the paint company’s color forecast for 2015, among them Unrestrained and the “bold, ethnic-inspired colors to the Bohemian lifestyle.” In a living room example, Frank Blue and Nifty Turquoise cover accent walls, with Marshmallow providing contrast.
In Chrysalis, the earth and sky served as inspiration for an oasis. The bathroom shown uses Cotton White and Willow Tree, with Sticks & Stones and Roycroft Mist Gray also in the décor and paint color scheme.
The company has already announced its Color of the Year for 2015: Guilford Green. Ellen O’Neill, creative director for Benjamin Moore, describes it as “A neutral that’s natural. A silvery green that works with, well, everything.”
The color palette it comes from includes 22 new hues for 2015 within four collections. Guilford Green belongs to Ground Yourself in Green, which takes inspiration from “a citrus grove, a pot of lemon verbena, a sprig of silver sage.” The hue shows up in just about every room in the example house, from the entry way to the enclosed back porch.
In Tried, True & Utterly New, tradition carries on but with a twist. Old Claret provides a pop of sophisticated pink in a bathroom and adds warmth on the walls of a living room.
Blue Paisley takes home the Color of the Year title from this company. Described as “a lavish, almost-but-not-quite royal shade of blue,” it will “play a prominent role in home décor trends for the coming year as homeowners look to positively influence their lives and decisions with vibrant hues,” Pittsburgh Paints says.
It comes from the Co-Leidoscope trend palette, inspired by the taste of the exotic and luxury, global travel. The collection also includes Mother of Pearl, Bone White, and Curry Sauce.
The softer Good Life palette “emphasizes an earthen spirit and a respect for simplicity to uncover the maximum harmony between man-made and the natural environment.” Oatmeal, Burnt Red, Holland Tile, Malibu Dune, and Curlew create color scheme rich in soft reds, pinks and whites.
When following a paint color trend, be sure to choose hues that you will love for years to come in order to get the most from this home improvement investment. Also keep in mind current furnishings and décor as well as any changes you envision making during the lifetime of the paint job.
Few paint colors intimidate homeowners like red does. Let’s take a fresh look at this bold hue to see if it might fit into your décor.
Where Does Red Paint Work?
This color family stimulates, which makes it an excellent choice for the kitchen and dining room, where you want appetites to increase and conversation to spark. It also can work in other areas of your home.
For example, if you use your living room as a family center or regularly entertain, a red accent wall provides stimulation but does not overwhelm. The same goes for the bedroom. Simply balance the strong color with neutrals on trim and other walls, and use muted lighting at night to allow your brain a break.
Red also suits smaller areas, including entryways and bathrooms. Just imagine the statement you make by greeting your guests with red walls.
The key to incorporating red into your color scheme is to choose the amount that works best for you. If you don’t see painting the walls or a room red, or even just one wall, considering adding it as an accent, such as to built-in bookshelf backs or stair risers.
Families of Red
You also must choose the right red for your comfort level and taste. Within the red color family are a wide range of hues. For example, one red might find inspiration from the rose, while another from the lighter azalea. The former would make an excellent color for the dining room, while the latter would suit a bedroom better. Reds veering more toward purple or more toward orange also set different tones. Choose the hues that draw you in while keeping the room in mind.
Red’s Complementary Colors
Blue, red, and yellow are the primary colors on a color wheel, with the secondary colors of green, orange and purple a result of mixing those colors. Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green and yellow-green come from mixing a primary and secondary color to create a tertiary color.
Knowing the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors helps you use color theory when choosing colors that best complement one another. A complementary color of blue, red or yellow is the color made by mixing the other two. That makes green the complementary color for red, with the two working together to create a brighter, more intense appearance. For a more subdued approach, use neutral colors to offset the intensity.
Popular Red Colors
Benjamin Moore offers the option to see colors by popularity on its website. Popular reds of the moment include the true Red, which resembles a tomato, as well as the perfectly named Boston Brick. Fruited Plains is a pinky hue, with Hodley Red almost a mauve. Spanish Red, Caliente, Dinner Party, Fox Run, Townsend Harbor Brown, and Frosted Rose round out the top 10 bestsellers.
Behr also shows its colors by popularity and family. Bestselling reds are California Poppy, Morocco Red, Awning Red, Antique Red, Wine Tasting, Spiced Wine, Cinamon Cherry, Forbidden Red, Dare Devil, Shangri La, Lipstick, Chili Pepper, Red Pepper, Classic Cherry, Rose Marquis, Farmhouse Red, Springtime Bloom, Bold Brick, Chipotle Paste, and Spring Nothing.
Each of these paint companies also suggest colors to complement the reds, helping you get their expert advice when creating a palette for your home. You can also ask your professional painter for guidance, and be sure to have him or her apply samples before moving forward with a color from this bold family. Because red is such a bold color family, you want to be sure before applying to an entire room.
Paint can transform brick and other masonry. Whether your home fireplace or office concrete walls needs a new look, choose the right products and perform the proper prep to ensure high-quality, long-lasting results.
Brick and Masonry Specialty Paints
The leading paint companies make products specifically for masonry, which means they adhere well to the surface and also provide certain protections against the elements, the latter necessary for use outdoors. Let’s take a look at a few paints:
Behr — This company’s Masonry, Stucco & Brick Paint is an acrylic-latex that accentuates the unique surface while also hiding imperfections. It repels water and resists mildew and alkali. The water-based paint self-primes, saving you a step, and adheres well to both interior and exterior surfaces. It lasts up to 20 years and cleans up easily with soap and water. The paint comes in more than 30 colors and in flat, satin and low-sheen finishes.
Sherwin-Williams — Dozens of masonry-specific products are available from this company for both interior and exterior surfaces, with one sure to fit your need. There are clear, solid and textured finishes to choose from for brick, cement board, concrete and stucco. Acrylic/latex, alkyd/oil-based are among the options, with alkaline resistance and water repellant or proof among the features. There are even products that provide one-coat coverage.
Benjamin Moore — Super Spec 100-Percent Acrylic Masonry Sealer is a standout product by this company. It goes on before the finish coat to reduce porosity of the surface and to provide excellent surface adhesion. The product also can be tinted and used indoors or outside.
The first step in painting brick or other masonry involves cleaning the surface. If you find mold, mix a solution of 3 oz. TSP, 1 oz. laundry detergent , 1 quart 5 percent bleach and 3 quarts warm water; scrub with a medium-soft brush, then rinse with water. Efflorescence can be removed with a stiff brush and water. Moss will require an application of weed killer followed by scrubbing with a stiff brush and water.
Once the surface has been cleaned, go over again with a stiff brush to remove any loose material, including paint flaking. If you have multiple coats of paint, you may need to remove them in order to get the proper adherence.
How To Paint
Because of the unique characteristics of each type of masonry, professional application is your best bet if you do not have experience with this type of work. A professional painter can look at your surfaces and assess the best products and application methods for the work.
For example, a professional may recommend a cement-based paint for an exterior wall that requires more protection from wet elements. This type of paint makes the surface it coats less permeable to water, but they require the walls to be cured a month in advance and the product itself must be mixed prior to application for best results. Coats must be 24 hours apart, with water dampening after each for proper curing.
Latex paints for masonry are easier to apply, with the best type dependent upon whether it will be used inside or outside. The same rule applies to solvent-thinned paints, with oil-based products not recommended for exteriors.
No matter which product you use, plan to use more on brick or other masonry than you would on other types of surfaces. Because of the surface’s porous nature, expect to use up to 50 percent more paint. You can reduce that number by using a special primer or block filler, but there will be more cans purchased for this project than for one involving sheetrock.
What does “modern” mean when it comes to interior design? Sleek furniture, minimalist décor, and a simple paint palette. Today’s modern colors go well beyond black, white, and gray, though those standbys still prove popular. Let’s take a look at modern paint colors standing out in 2014 from Behr, Sherwin-Williams, and Benjamin Moore.
Blacks, Whites, Grays and Beyond
Behr pairs the not-quite black of Beluga with Aqua Breeze and Cascade White in this living room to create a cool, neutral color scheme. The black also turns the stairs into a statement piece and ties together furnishings and floor covers.
The West Elm Collection from Sherwin-Williams features decidedly modern hues to match the store’s style. Tricorn Black and Incredible White represent their end of the spectrum, with Cityscape, Folkstone, Homburg Gray, and Monorail Silver sitting in between. The black, white, and any of the silvers would make a sleek trio.
Benjamin Moore presents one of its most modern palettes without the black, using New Hope Gray as the main color and Lancaster Whitewash on the trim. The deep lavender, almost gray of Tempest adorns bookshelf inserts.
When creating a color scheme using black, white and gray, be sure to offset darker colors with light. The previously mentioned Behr room uses lighter paint colors on the walls and trim to keep the black leather furniture from weighing the room down. Also continue the coolness of a palette through to all hardware finishes and metal décor, opting for brushed nickel and the like.
Big Bold Colors
Behr recommends using a bold color as an accent wall within a modern room. In this bathroom, it paints one wall in Academy Purple to make a stylish statement. Gobi Desert coves the others, with Thick Chocolate as an inset color around the mirrors. Additional décor in the room picks up on the deep eggplant.
In its Artistically Bright palette, Sherwin-Williams offers intense colors such as the teal of Gulfstream and the fire of Ablaze. Gold Crest and Juneberry also will make a modern statement. Even the Bohemian Black and Extra White would have a strong presence in such a palette.
Benjamin Moore uses a bold color on the ceiling in this masterfully modern living room. With Midnight Navy up high, Pale Avocado covers the walls to keep the room light. Both colors show up in décor and furnishings.
If you have never gone beyond simple neutrals before, use paint swatches to fall for bolder colors over the course of a few days as opposed to realizing that you don’t love them after the fact.
Tips for Creating a Modern Room
When pulling together a room with modern décor, keep minimalism and symmetry in mind. Do not over-decorate, and be sure that items of all sizes are in balance, whether that be through furniture placement in the room or on a bookshelf. To keep furniture moving to a minimum, measure the room and the furniture, and then use the info to create a floor plan. Erasing on a piece of paper takes much less muscle power.
- Keep within the color scheme as much as possible to maintain the simple nature of the room. The benefits of choosing a simple color palette go out the window if you pile on too many hues afterwards.
- Consider a neutral palette if you like to change items such as throw pillows and artwork regularly. This will allow you to change the look and feel of a room without starting from scratch.
- Stick with simple textures and shapes as well in a modern room. You do not want to clutter the design aesthetic with busy fabrics on upholstery or through highly textured accessories.
There are new painters in town, but you might just feel like they’ve been here all along
When Becky Bonnstetter knocks on your door, you just might feel like you’ve known her your entire life. Pair her Midwestern charm with an eye for color and a sharp-as-a-tack knack for business and you’ll agree she is exactly the person you’ll want creating the backdrop for your home décor.
Becky and her husband John own ProTect Painters of St. Petersburg and Palm Harbor. ProTect Painters is a full-service interior and exterior painting company with a philosophy of helping others fully realize the pride and joy of home ownership, and treating customers like family. Perhaps this is why the business is such a perfect fit for the Bonnstetters. They make quite a dynamic team, and in addition to Becky’s ability to put people instantly at ease, John can’t say enough about his wife’s eye for design.
“Becky has had realtors ask her to go into business staging homes for sale,” he said. “She has a real talent for choosing color and home décor. She is very good at it!”
Not every customer knows exactly how to begin the process of polishing a room. Sometimes Becky starts from scratch and says a person can take real cues from what is around them. “First I need to get a feel for what they like,” she said. “It’s a good idea to go to open-houses, cut pictures out of magazines, take note of what you like.” From there Becky will guide those once undecided customers to a color choice that suits them and their lifestyle.
“A lot of people can’t visualize change,” John said. “Becky can help them through that.”
It’s no secret a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for any space, but it is more than that. “The color of a room is what makes your home comfortable,” Becky said. “It makes people proud of their home. Everybody wants to feel that way.” Not only does the wall and ceiling color of a room reflect light and create mood, it also reflects one’s personality.
At ProTect Painters, the experts know that aesthetic appeal is only part of the equation. The paint must perform well too. Painting a home, inside and out, is a craft that combines beauty with skill and technique.
For example, John and Becky explained how a customer with a home filled with young children will want the most durable, washable paint she can get. Making that choice doesn’t mean she has to sacrifice a beautiful and pristine finish that lasts. Whatever the technical aspect of the job, the experts at ProTect Painters know how to handle it. There are sealants that can be used to prep walls where smokers have lived to prevent tobacco odors from ruining a brand new paint job.
There are specific paint types for different kinds of surfaces, and countless other tips of the trade known by the experts.
For John and Becky Bonnstetter, bringing their business to St. Petersburg and Palm Harbor is really just another way of being good neighbors. Stop in and say hello. Whether you’re looking for a fresh new way to brighten up your kitchen, or need to increase the curb appeal of a home for sale, one conversation with the Bonnstetters and you’ll feel altogether more confident in your decision to have them help you with your project. After all, haven’t you known them your entire life?
Picking exterior paint colors takes time and serious consideration. After all, unlike interior hues these are visible to anyone who passes by, and they set the tone for your entire property. Exterior painting also is an investment. Choose the right colors and you’ll be happy for five to seven years—as long as the job lasts. Make a mistake and you might be repainting sooner than makes financial sense.
Paint swatches are the key to choosing the best exterior colors for your home. Visit a local paint store to pick contenders for the main color, trim and accents. Then follow these five steps to a final decision.
1. Tape the paint swatches to an exterior wall or walls.
Choose a wall that will get all levels of light throughout the day and night, with the latter involving artificial outside lighting. Choose multiple walls if one won’t give you a good sense, such as a wall in full sun and one in constant shade. Attach the paint swatches to the walls with heavy-duty tape, layering them to also see how the colors will affect each other in different lights.
If you don’t want your neighbors offering an opinion, tape the swatches to exterior walls they cannot see.
2. Look at the colors in the morning, in the afternoon and at night.
Check the paint swatches at these three times one day, taking notes on which color schemes you like and don’t like on their own as well as how they complement or clash with neighboring homes. The following day, play with your backup hues to see if other trim and accent colors create schemes you like better.
Do this until you have gone through all of your backups and have chosen two finalists for color schemes.
3. Apply paint samples to the same exterior wall or walls.
Swatches offer an excellent way to narrow your options, but actual samples from your local paint store show the colors exactly as they will appear. Start this step by removing the swatches and cleaning the surface. Prep a large enough area to fit both finalists with space left between so one does not affect how you view another.
Apply two coats of each exterior paint color in their respective schemes. Allow to dry overnight.
4. Look at the colors in the morning, in the afternoon and at night.
Repeat the evaluation process above, also keeping in mind how the colors will look with seasonal changing of landscaping. At this point, you should have a clear favorite. Ask for the opinions of friends and family members if not, and even neighbors, as they might offer valuable insight.
Pick the exterior color schemes for your house.
5. Hire a professional painter.
Even if you have gone the DIY route when painting interiors, know that exteriors pose an even greater challenge. A professional painter is exactly that: professional. With that expertise comes:
- Knowledge—A pro knows which products and methods provide the most years per application. He or she also can offer advice on colors if you simply cannot make a decision.
- Efficiency—The work gets done over a few days, as opposed to whenever you can find time. While an interior paint job can be put on hold for a few days when life gets in the way, neighbors and homeowners associations are not as forgiving as family members.
- Equipment—Do you own a paint sprayer? A professional does and will use it appropriately to paint your home, not overspray your lawn. They also have the necessary ladders to reach second and third stories.
- Warranty—It takes time to see every inch of a paint job. If there are any issues, a warranty will ensure they get addressed without additional cost. You don’t get such a guarantee with the DIY route.
Choosing interior paint colors is an involved process. Start by picking out swatches and narrowing your options to one or two color schemes with backup trim and accent hues. Then follow these five steps.
1. Tape the paint swatches to the wall or walls in each room to be painted.
Pick a wall that will get all levels of light throughout the day and night, with the latter involving lamps and other artificial lighting. Choose multiple walls if one won’t give you a good sense of how colors will look at different times of the day. Tape the paint swatches to the walls, layering them to also see how the colors will affect each other in different lights.
Do this for every room of the house to be painted.
2. Look at the colors in the morning, in the afternoon and at night.
Check the paint swatches at these three times one day, taking notes on which color schemes you like and don’t like on their own as well as how they complement or clash with adjoining rooms. The following day, play with your backup hues to see if other trim and accent colors create schemes you like better.
Do this until you have gone through all of your backup colors and have chosen two finalists.
3. Apply paint samples to the same wall or walls in each room.
While swatches offer an excellent way to narrow your options, actual samples from your local paint store show the colors exactly. Start this step by removing the swatches and prepping the surface. That means cleaning the wall and applying a base coat of white paint to serve as a background for the samples. Prep a large enough area to fit both finalists with space left between so one does not affect how you view another.
Apply two coats of each paint color in their respective schemes. Allow to dry overnight.
4. Look at the colors in the morning, in the afternoon and at night.
Repeat the evaluation process above. At this point, you should have a clear favorite. Ask for the opinions of friends and family members if not, as they might help sway you to one paint color scheme over another.
Pick the interior color schemes for your house.
5. Hire a professional painter.
You can certainly take the DIY route if you have experience painting, but keep in mind that a professional painter is exactly that: professional. With that expertise comes:
- Knowledge—A pro knows which products and methods deliver the longest-lasting paint job, which could be for up to 10 years depending on the amount of wear and tear it sees. He or she can also offer advice on colors if you simply cannot make a decision.
- Efficiency—The work gets done over the course of a few days, as opposed to whenever you can fit it in your busy life. Would you rather spend your days off enjoying the lovely fall weather or inside working around the house?
- Equipment—Do you own a paint sprayer? A professional does and will use it appropriately in your home.
- Warranty—It takes time to see every inch of a paint job. If there are any issues, a warranty will ensure they get addressed. You don’t get such a guarantee with the DIY route.
One last tip: When choosing your paints, keep in mind that higher-quality paints deliver a longer-lasting result, making up for their higher cost by reducing the frequency with which you must paint. Considering application makes up a large portion of the cost when painting, going with better brands can actually save you money in the long run.