Expert Tips on Choosing Paint Colors

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One of the biggest mistakes people make when choosing paint color is that they pick a shade that’s too dark. Paint professional recommend trying a shade or two lighter than what you think you want. Most colors (especially yellow) become darker than the sample you see in the store when painted onto a larger surface area.

Brush your sample paints on the wall side by side.  Then look at the samples at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. They will look different in different light. Another suggestion is to settle on the main or base color first, and then worry about your trim and ceiling colors. Don’t try to pick out all the colors on your first visit to the paint store. Once you decide on the base, the accent colors usually fall easily into place.