Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ten Tips for Selecting Paint Colors

1. Avoid choosing paint colors first as there are so many choices. Start with a fabric, piece of art, or wallpaper sample which represents the color that you want to paint the room.


2. Imitate the new color by taping up a piece of fabric or large paint sample in the corner of the room. From the doorway, telescope your hands so you can see the new color with no interruptions.

3. Once the color is selected, especially if it is a dark color, buy a small amount first and test it on each wall as the color may vary from wall to wall.

4. Check the paint color selections during the daylight hours and evening hours. If there appears to be a difference, base your decision on when the room is used most.

5. Keep in mind that different electric bulb types cast different results in the final hues. Always test your colors in the room(s) and under the bulb type where they will be used.

6. Incandescent bulbs give off a pink tinge which means that a peach tone may appear more pink, yellow will appear more orange, and blue will appear more purple.

7. Fluorescent bulbs give off a blue tinge. They will make pinks appear more lavender, yellows appear greener, and greens look more aqua.

8. Generally light colors make a room look larger and dark colors make a room look smaller.

9. To lower a high ceiling, paint the ceiling a darker color than the walls.

10. To raise a low ceiling, paint the ceiling a lighter color than the walls and consider painting the baseboards the same color as the walls.

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