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Paint Color Selection Made Easy

Feb 20, 2008
Choosing the right paint color for decorative purposes can be a very overwhelming task. While there are numerous choices offered to finding the right shade, the variety can sometimes make the choosing even more challenging.

If at one point you are trapped in this situation and are perplexed by this imperative choice, remember that the basic ideas and tips never fail. Consider the most basic things in the process.

Before turning to the technical aspect in considering the right paint color, remember the virtue of patience. Literally, access to all kinds, types and colors of paint is infinite. With that, learn to hold off your final selections until a general and overall scheme in the room has been developed.

It is a great idea to check on paint chips as you plan and collect your most favorite ones. Patiently think over the perfect array of colors as it is the most versatile decorative element in any room. Check your preferences. Consider paints that are inexpensive and easiest to change over time. However, never compromise quality in the process.

Gather all these ideas and set your considerations, but make your final decision after the fabrics, rugs and wallpapers have been finalized.

Now it's time to hit the shops. Initially, it is advised that you do window shopping. While at it, make important and constant references to your carpet, fabric, wallpaper, trim samples and tiles. You might be able to find a paint color that is complementary to what you have, so be sure that you take these things with you when you shop.

It is imperative that you seriously study the paint colors, vis-a-vis your room's furniture and fabric colors. Colors have different shades with underlying tones. Make sure that you ask the store personnel for a sample strip of colors that are coordinated. While the darker tones are not considered in most decorative painting cases, still check all the colors in the strip very carefully.

Paint specialists say that there is a true and tried formula for colors that may be helpful in the choosing the shade of your paint. If it is print fabric that you are working on, it might be a wiser move to select the paint color of the coordinating wall while you refer from the print's background. Selecting the brighter or deeper tones as accents all throughout your room or its adjacent spaces may also prove to be an essential judgment. You may want to check with the store's salesperson for more tips about color scheming.

In most cases, people select the off-white or white shade for doors, moldings and windows. It might be risky, but if you feel for it, try putting in a pale, if not the palest shade of your chosen color. This allows color coordination with the rooms' walls. To get a really striking effect, consider walls in lighter shades and trims in bright colors or dark tones.

While paint finishes for the job abound, be cautious in choosing which is best for the project you are doing. Normally, more light is reflected by the glossier finishes. On the other hand, flat or matte finishes have the ability to keep your wall's imperfections hidden.

The process of selecting might entail some effort and time on your part. That, however, should be well worth it. After all, the shade you choose will set the ambience, tone and "feel" of your room. Moreover, your choice of a paint color is an apt reflection of your personality.
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