How I Selected Paint Colors for Our Home
Selecting paint colors can be quite a chore when there are so many brands, colors and finishes to choose from. Finding the perfect paint color for your home or project can feel downright overwhelming but it doesn’t have to! When searching for paint colors during the building stages of our home, I boiled it down to a few key things.
Color palette: What colors do you gravitate towards when browsing through magazines, Pinterest, Instagram, etc? Are you inspired by nature’s soft, complimentary tones? Do you prefer a crisp minimalist look? Think about the “vibe” you want your home to have and slowly start to curate your palette with colors that make you happy.
Turn to Pinterest: It’s so easy to search for a specific paint color and find a multitude of photos to inspire you. Pin your favorite images to a new Pinterest board. Once you’ve accumulated several photos, scroll through your board to see if the colors feel cohesive. Add to or edit as necessary to narrow down the colors you want to use. Tip: There are photos of paint swatches on Pinterest for almost every popular paint color which are great to pin along with real room photos!
Ask others: I’ve been asked about our paint colors countless times and I hope that sharing them has made life a tiny bit easier for others! If your friend has a certain wall color you really love, ask if they mind sharing the name! Painters are also great resources to disclose popular or trending paint colors. In my case, our painter preferred to use Sherwin Williams paint so that narrowed down my options greatly. If you’re using a professional painter, you may ask if they have a preference!
Samples: Don’t be afraid to ask for paint samples. You can either test them out or have your painter do so. Fortunately, I was extremely pleased with all of my paint selections on the first try and did not have to make any changes. I think this is rare! It’s normal to try out several different options.
These are the colors we selected including wall, door, trim and cabinet colors. This is mostly a neutral palette in which the colors really flow well into each other. I’m not typically bold enough to use color, but in this case, the payoff was huge. I love having angelic in my daughter’s room and alexandrite in the powder room.
I’d love to know—what are your favorite paint colors?