Tips for Picking Out Your Next Paint Color
A few days ago I went with Cason and his Mom to pick out a bunch of paint swatches for her new house. Cason’s parents had been living in the same home for over 13 years, and after they raised all 6 of their kids and served a mission in Africa, they decided that it was time for a change… so they bought the loveliest home up on the mountain, with a killer view, not too far from where they lived before.
We even went a bit further, with one of my favorite tactics, and painted a few samples of each color that they liked on the wall, for them to live with for a few days to see how they liked them in natural AND artificial (incandescent or sometimes fluorescent) lighting.
I think this is SUPER important, because it’s the only REAL way that you’re going to be able to know if you LOVE the paint color at all sorts of angles and under totally different lighting situations. It’s amazing what natural light and warm, artificial light will do to the same exact paint color.
I think Cason’s parents are leaning more towards the warmth that Autumn Haze has to offer (the right paint swatch), but Cappuccino White is a close runner up. Since those two colors were painted right next to each other, we stood a pure white barstool next to them and even leaned up a few different colored pillows on it, to test out what it did to the paint (if it brought out more grays, greens, yellows, etc…).
For this reason I went back and used the My Colortopia, Color My Room tool, and came up with this image below, as a rough draft of what a lighter, much less warm shade on the walls in this space would look like. After seeing this, I definitely think we’re heading in the right direction 🙂
Next week Cason’s Mom and I are going to start looking at some couch color swatches, so we can get a large sectional for this room, and then we’ll really be able to nail down a paint color after that. Since we want the walls and couch to be the more neutral things in this space and complement each other well, we feel that if we do THAT part correctly, no matter what color we use for our accents, the walls and couch will always look great in this area.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again… If you have neutral bases, you can add, take away or change-up colors in your decor anytime you want, and you’ll never feel like you’re locked into one specific color scheme. PLUS, it gives you the freedom to do a lot more style mixing. This option will be exceptionally perfect for Cason’s Mom, who still isn’t quite sure what exactly she wants for this space.
I’m seriously so excited to go on this adventure with Chris and Steve, as they start nesting into their new place. There’s nothing better than making a house feel like a home, right!? We’ll be keeping all of you tuned in from time to time on updates in their space that we help them with, so that you can see the transformation too.
Till next time!…
This post was sponsored by Glidden Paint. Regardless, I only post about products or companies I love. All ideas and opinions are 100% my own.
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