So you’ve got this room you’ve been thinking about painting or making over forever, but somehow that project never quite makes it to the top of the “to do” list. Would it have anything to do with choosing the right paint color? That’s definitely happened to me and it’s not a fun place to be.
It can be kind of scary, picking the perfect paint color for a room. The last thing you want to do is waste time, effort or money on a color that ends up being a mistake. If we are going to paint, we want it to turn out great the first time. Right?
So the question is, how do we get it right? What’s the best way to choose a paint color and know you’re going to love it when you’re done?
Glidden® has created some helpful videos and there’s one that specifically addresses the sometimes intimidating process of selecting the perfect paint color. Having been through the “paint-picking-process” a few times myself, I give their “Tips for Picking Paint Colors” video a big thumbs up. It’s the process I’ve used in recent years and have found really does work.
Where to Start:
To begin with, Glidden® recommends choosing something in the room that contains colors that you love. It can be a rug, a fabric, even a piece of furniture. Next, choose a color (or colors) from the piece that you want to consider as a possible paint color for the room.
Here’s a Susan tip: You definitely don’t want to do it the other way around! I did that years ago in my master bedroom. I wallpapered the room with a wallpaper I loved, then I spent years trying to find bedding to coordinate. Big mistake. I ended up having to go with a plain, white matelasse which wasn’t what I really wanted. Eventually, I removed the paper and did it the right way, chose the bedding and then picked my wall color based on the colors I loved in the bedding. Lesson learned!
So, start with an inspiration piece, then follow the next steps outlined in the video below. The recommendations in the video make a lot of sense and really do help take much of the stress out of choosing a great paint color for your room.
In addition to several videos with great painting tips, Glidden® has another helpful site that I’ve mentioned here at BNOTP before, called My Colortopia. One of my fave tools at My Colortopia is one called, My Image Inspiration . It’s kind of cool how it works.
My Image Inspiration will let you upload a picture of an object (like a rug, fabric, painting, etc…) , highlight a color (or colors) you love, then it will suggest several paint colors that match or coordinate with the colors you chose from your inspiration piece!
I really do love the paint colors it chose. Aren’t they luscious!
Don’t let the fear of choosing the wrong paint color stop you from creating the room you’ve envisioned for years. Check out all the “How-to” videos Glidden® has available. They are brief, to the point and filled with helpful advice–even some good reminders for us seasoned paint warriors!
I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.