There are literally thousands of paint color options. If you do not already have a color in mind for your paint project it can seem impossible to go through all of the options and make a choice. If you need help narrowing the options down you can start by looking at your current design choices for inspiration. Other factors that can help you narrow down the options include deciding how you want your house to feel, the current paint color trends, how samples look on your walls, and the advice of a pro. Each of these can help you narrow the choices and move toward making a final decision.
Take a look at your current design choices
The first place you should get inspiration for your paint color decision is inside your house. What pieces do you have that you love? Your furniture, rugs, art, and other décor have colors that can provide you with inspiration. If you plan on keeping your current décor then you should consider it as you choose a paint color. Other design elements such as your flooring, cabinets, and counter tops can help you with this process. These elements are not easily changed so it makes sense to choose a paint color that will complement them.
Decide how you want your house to feel
Paint color can impact the feel of your house. If you go with a warm color palette it will help your home feel cozy and comfortable. A cool color palette will give your home a sense of light and airiness. What type of environment are you drawn to? Deciding on this can give you a lot of direction and significantly narrow the number of colors you need to look through.
Consider current paint color trends
Current paint color trends can also give you some direction in the process of making a color choice. Many of the major paint manufacturers have a ‘color of the year’ that represents the most popular color choice of their customers. This is a great place to start. If you like the color of the year you can search within that palette to find just the right option for you.
Get paint samples
Once you have narrowed the option you can get paint samples to bring home and paint on your walls. Putting samples on the wall will allow you to see how a color will look with the lighting in your house and with the items you own. Samples also allow you to try out different options with minimal expense or time commitment. Most places offer affordable samples for any of their colors.
Consult a pro
If you are truly stuck or simply tired of obsessing about paint colors you can consult a professional. Painting contractors have experience helping clients narrow down color choices. They are in and out of homes all the time and can inform you on local paint trends. This option can take some of the pressure off of you and help you feel confident in your choice.
It is easy to get overwhelmed with the number of paint options available when you do not have any direction on what color you want. The steps above will help you make progress toward a decision by narrowing your options to a more manageable level.