How to Narrow
Paint Color Selection

The paint color selection process is overwhelming for many - there are just too many paint color choices to explore!

overwhelming paint color selection

There are thousands of paint colors out there, but you don't have to go through all of them in order to find the one that will suit your taste and your interior.

If you are intimidated by the huge paint color selection in your local paint store, here are some tips that will help you narrow down your potential wall paint color candidates:

Establish your personal color preferences

paint color selection should be personal

What's the point of going through hundreds of paint colors in a typical color deck, when some of them have no chance of showing up in your home in any shape or form?

For example, there are people who can't stand yellow, or those who abhore green.

Our cultural background and personal associations determine our color biases, likes and dislikes. Luckily, there is no need to make yourself like a certain color, because there are hundreds of other hues to choose from!

So in this step, narrow down your paint color choices only to those shades that you would love to be surrounded with in your home, and ignore the rest.

Decide what mood you are trying to create

paint color selection and mood

Most colors are usually associated with certain moods. For example, light blues and greens are considered relaxing, while bold reds are usually viewed as energetic and powerful.

Generally, most of us will react in a similar way to the same colors, but certain memories can cause you to love or hate a particular color.

So think about your own associations with each color, and zoom in on those that support your vision for the room and its atmosphere.

Inventory your existing room colors

paint color selection and existing room colors

See what colors are already present in your decor.

If your current home decorating color scheme consists of 3 or 4 colors, it's better to reuse them, instead of adding a new one. In fact, that is how you create a theme - by using colors interexchangeably throughout your home.

So in this step, you will eliminate more paint color candidates - and keep the ones from your existing home color scheme.

And there you have it - your paint color selection should look less overwhelming now that we've reduced it to just a handful of options.

Paint Color Cheat Sheets
Paint Color Cheat Sheets

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