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Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri & Al Mussi on 8/8/2017

When you move into a new home, perhaps one of the first things that youíll want to do is paint. Really, thereís no right way to choose a paint color. Thereís many different methods to find colors that are going to match with your rooms. When you get to the hardware store, you may end up feeling a bit overwhelmed by the hundreds of shades of each and every color that appear on swatches. You can go through many different thought processes in order to choose the color thatís right for each room in your home. 


Donít Paint First


Sometimes, the best thing to do is to paint after everything else is done. This may seem like a less-than-ideal way to approach moving into your new home, but it works. Paint can always be changed. You can use the strategy of moving into the house first. Then, youíll buy the furniture to match the room or get your existing furniture reupholstered if needed. If youíre starting from scratch, itís much more effective to put the larger pieces in and then decide on a paint color.


If You Like It, Paint it!


You really have to like a color for it to be on your walls. You can always get some sample paints and try it on your walls to see if you like the colors. Remember that all the advice in the world canít replace what you love. Youíre the one who has to live with the paint on your walls!


Study Paint Chips


 The overwhelming wall of paint chips at the local hardware store is a necessity when it comes to choosing paint colors. Those little swatches are very useful. Donít forget about the paint samples mentioned above as well. These small samples can help in really pinning down the color that you like. Remember that youíll need to ignore the messages that your brain is trying to send you when comparing a sample color to the existing color on the wall. Youíll definitely want to look at samples more than one time for you to really know how you feel about a paint color in a room.   


Donít Rush


Take time in your space and think about what colors you visualize in the space. Ask yourself, ďWhat kind of mood am I trying to create in this room?Ē Take your time when making paint color decisions. Sometimes rushing leads to poor decisions.   


Know Your Accent Colors


Understanding how your accent colors will work with certain paint colors will allow you to make a better decision about what kind of paint color to choose. Your paint color will have a relationship with your sofa, the trim, the flooring, the fixtures, the curtains, and more.  Knowing what kind of colors you have to work with from the start can help you to choose the right color to feature in the room.




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