Color Guide Series: How to Get the Paint Color You Want
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Color Guide Series: How to Get the Paint Color You Want

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Erin Carlyle added this to How to Choose the Paint Color You Really Want
Choose No More Than Four ColorsFinally, it’s time to visit the paint store. Pick several shades and don’t worry about choosing among them while you’re in the store, likely under fluorescent lights. Instead, bring them home. Then it’s time to winnow them down. “Say you come home with eight shades of blue,” Porter says. “Lay all the swatches out and compare them to each other. You will start to see the subtle differences between each color. Some of the blues lean toward green or aqua. Some are a denim shade. Some have a funky undertone that you just don’t like at all.” Porter and Mattison recommend weeding out the shades you don’t like until you have no more than three options left. Wardlaw says four shades are OK.You can tack the color chips to the wall of the room you’ll be painting, or use a sheet of paper as a neutral background. Keep in mind as you make your comparisons (whether on the wall or paper) that the paint chips will appear a bit darker on a light background, and lighter on a dark background, Porter says.“Often, after comparing the paint chips to each other, it will be pretty clear which color is going to work,” she says. If you still aren’t comfortable with the color options, you could consider taking away all but one option and looking at each color individually.Also, this may sound obvious, but it’s easy to forget: As you assess colors, consider how each option will look with the elements of your room already in place (and that you’re not willing to change).Paint colors, clockwise from top left: Aegean,Turquoise, French Blue and Pacifica, all from Serena & Lily

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Choose No More Than Four Colors Finally, it’s time to visit the paint store. Pick several shades and don’t worry about choosing among them while you’re in the store, likely under fluorescent lights. Instead, bring them home. Then it’s time to winnow them down. “Say you come home with eight shades of blue,” Porter says. “Lay all the swatches out and compare them to each other. You will start to see the subtle differences between each color. Some of the blues lean toward green or aqua. Some are a denim shade. Some have a funky undertone that you just don’t like at all.” Porter and Mattison recommend weeding out the shades you don’t like until you have no more than three options left. Wardlaw says four shades are OK.
dyhaigler added this to Do's and Don'ts for Decoraring
Choose No More Than Four Colors Finally, it’s time to visit the paint store. Pick several shades and don’t worry about choosing among them while you’re in the store, likely under fluorescent lights. Instead, bring them home. Then it’s time to winnow them down. “Say you come home with eight shades of blue,” Porter says. “Lay all the swatches out and compare them to each other. You will start to see the subtle differences between each color. Some of the blues lean toward green or aqua. Some are a denim shade. Some have a funky undertone that you just don’t like at all.” Porter and Mattison recommend weeding out the shades you don’t like until you have no more than three options left. Wardlaw says four shades are OK. You can tack the color chips to the wall of the room you’ll be painting, or use a sheet of paper as a neutral background. Keep in mind as you make your comparisons (whether on the wall or paper) that the paint chips will appear a bit darker on a light background, and lighter on a dark background, Porter says. “Often, after comparing the paint chips to each other, it will be pretty clear which color is going to work,” she says. If you still aren’t comfortable with the color options, you could consider taking away all but one option and looking at each color individually. Also, this may sound obvious, but it’s easy to forget: As you assess colors, consider how each option will look with the elements of your room already in place (and that you’re not willing to change). Paint colors, clockwise from top left: Aegean,Turquoise, French Blue and Pacifica, all from Serena & Lily
Susan Boyd added this to susan_boyd77's Ideas
Choose No More Than Four ColorsFinally, it’s time to visit the paint store. Pick several shades and don’t worry about choosing among them while you’re in the store, likely under fluorescent lights. Instead, bring them home. Then it’s time to winnow them down. “Say you come home with eight shades of blue,” Porter says. “Lay all the swatches out and compare them to each other. You will start to see the subtle differences between each color. Some of the blues lean toward green or aqua. Some are a denim shade. Some have a funky undertone that you just don’t like at all.” Porter and Mattison recommend weeding out the shades you don’t like until you have no more than three options left. Wardlaw says four shades are OK.You can tack the color chips to the wall of the room you’ll be painting, or use a sheet of paper as a neutral background. Keep in mind as you make your comparisons (whether on the wall or paper) that the paint chips will appear a bit darker on a light background, and lighter on a dark background, Porter says.“Often, after comparing the paint chips to each other, it will be pretty clear which color is going to work,” she says. If you still aren’t comfortable with the color options, you could consider taking away all but one option and looking at each color individually.Also, this may sound obvious, but it’s easy to forget: As you assess colors, consider how each option will look with the elements of your room already in place (and that you’re not willing to change).Paint colors, clockwise from top left: Aegean,Turquoise, French Blue and Pacifica, all from Serena & Lily
earthhab added this to paint color
Paint colors, clockwise from top left: Aegean,Turquoise, French Blue and Pacifica, all from Serena & Lily
bobbiesearson added this to bobbiesearson's ideas
Depth of color not grey or trendy, classic style
B added this to Interior color schemes
check several swatches and ask others what colors they see. How well do they go with what you have and want to keep?
Kate Ivannikova added this to Цвета
цвет верхний справа