How to Select the Perfect Paint Colors Every Time, Paint Decorating Ideas and More!

How to Select the Perfect Paint Colors Every Time, Paint Decorating Ideas and More!

Hi there! You’re watching Amitha Verma. Have you ever
stepped into the paint aisle of your local hardware store and felt as if the selections
were just multiplying around you!? In chatting with many of you I’ve heard you and one
of your biggest struggles is how to select a paint color. I’m not going to lie, as
a professional designer, and even a creator of a paint line selecting a paint color can
be very tricky. So today I wanted to share my inside process on how I select the perfect
paint color every time! Tip 2: First, I put the swatch palette down and avoid
the paint aisle like crazy! What? You might be wondering. Okay here’s my BIG secret,
I select the paint color LAST! Often when we’re thinking about making a change we
instantly hop in the car, and go check out paint colors. This is a big NO, NO. Here’s my big insider secret on how all
of the pro’s do it. You really need to begin with the end in mind and I know, I’m sure
you’re thinking how do you that? First you need to look around your room or
your home and take stock on all of the finishes you’re already working with. So when I do
this, I look at the floor rugs, the fabrics on my chairs, my sofa, my pillows, the artwork,
the colors and tones on the furniture, the countertops and even my flooring. I really
examine the colors and tones of these objects and start to get a sense of what all these
have in common. You will start to see similarities and common tones such as grays, yellows, beiges,
or pink tones. I let these hues guide me. I have a little
saying to help you remember – let your hues be your cues. When you start looking at your décor and
get a sense of these tones, this will help you narrow the focus down tremendously. For instance if you have a houseful of warm
rich browns, and beiges with slight pink undertones, I would not go for a cool gray even if that’s
the color trend right now. I might go for complimentary beige with similar pink undertones,
a warm gray with beige tones or a richer, deeper color to compliment the beiges tones
I already have. That leads me to next tip. Tip 2: Next, I decide whether I want to go for a
bold or subtle palette. There are many projects where I want the space to feel subtle with
gray; beige, white or cream tones in the background. However, I have just as many projects where
I want a distinct color on the walls such as deep blue, red, greens and even black! Once I’ve decided on the saturation or depth
of color, I then decide on how I want to use color to enhance my room. Once you narrow down the options you will
start to see 2-3 directions that can be really stunning. One is usually very monochromatic,
meaning the color will basically blend with the colors you are already working with. So in the case of beige, you could select
lighter beige or a darker richer deeper beige or brown but it will still be in same color
palette. All of the colors and tones in your space would be similar so you’re basically
looking at a variety of the same colors, which can be beautiful. However, if you’re working with beige tones,
you can also opt for a more contrasting color such as a deep red, burgundy or even black
like we did here. How do you know which contrasting color to pull from – again you take cues
from your hues. When you start examining your décor you’ll see that you probably have
certain secondary colors that are repeated over and over again. I would use those tones
to help guide me if I was selecting a contrasting color. Once you’ve thought carefully through this
exercise you will see the endless unlimited options can quickly be narrowed down to just
a handful of options. From there you can decide of you want a monochromatic palette or a contrasting
palette. And from this point you can really narrow your choices down to just a few choice
selections. When I come to this point I simply buy a few tester pots in these colors and
try them throughout my project to see how the color looks in the space and how the lighting
affects the choices. And there you have it, this is my exact process
to selecting a paint color. It always starts out the same way and this little system is
what truly helps overcome that overwhelming feeling you get when selecting a paint color! Do you have a great tip on how to select a
paint color? If so be sure to leave a comment so our subscribers can get your tips! Did you like this video? If so please subscribe
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and making them special in the way only can!

One Comment

  • Kristina says:

    Armetha, I was just doing a search today on selecting the right paint colors, so this video is very timely for me. I will send you a separate email as I have additional questions that will take up too much space here.

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