Have you ever tried to pick a new paint colour for your room, only to feel indecisive and discouraged? What if you get it wrong!?!? It will be a huge waste of time, plus you probably hate painting, so you really don’t want to do it twice. . . or more.
I’ve painted too many rooms to count in my life and I’ve only gotten it wrong twice. Both times it was because I didn’t properly test my colours.
Today I’m going to share my system so that you can get your paint colour right, every time.
Pick a Colour, Any Colour
The first step is to decide what general colour or colours you think you want. Take a trip to your favourite hardware store and go to where the paint chips are. Do not, I repeat DO NOT make any decisions about colour based on how things look in the store. All these colours in the photo bellow looked yellow at the store.
Pick the colours that catch your eye, as well as the cards on both sides of that shade. 15 cards is not too many.
Test the Light
Paste all your samples up on the wall you’re going to paint. Come back at different hours of the day and pull off the ones you don’t like.
Once you’ve narrowed it down a bit, it’s time to test the contenders with stuff you already own that will be in the room.
Discard all the cards that don’t look good. Put the finalists back up on the wall. If you are painting more than one wall, make sure you put your chips on all the walls that get a different amount of light and repeat the process. This is the mistake I made when testing my dining room. The colour ended up only looking as I imagined on one of the walls.
Make sure you also test out your colour at night when there is no natural night. That’s how I wound up with a green that looked amazing in the day, but the colour of 70’s Tupperware at night.
Finally, if you’ve narrowed it down but are still unsure, buy a small tester pot of your top colour and paint a square of it on all the walls you will be painting. From there the choice will be obvious.
Side note: if you are painting your walls grey, I would use the tester pot even if you are feeling really confident. Greys can be pure, or have undertones of green, blue, or purple, which can drastically affect how they look in different lights.
Side Side note: Spend the extra money and get the best quality paint you can afford. It’s worth it.
Have you ever picked a paint colour you regretted? Tell me about it in the comments!