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Pick the Perfect Paint Color

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You can pick any colors you want for your new home's interior, but with so many options available, you may wonder where to begin. To confidently pick colors that perfectly suit your room and your personality, just follow this simple advice from interior designer and color therapist, Sarah Nielsen.

Find Your Favorite Colors

Colored Pencils

Color has a major impact on how a room looks and feels. See how the same blue and white bathroom feels light and airy with the addition of a green shower curtain, while a hot pink shower curtain makes the room seem playful and energetic. To select a color that's right for you and your room, remember it's all about you. "Color is so personal. It's about what you're drawn to," Nielsen says.

An easy way to get in touch with colors that thrill you is by opening a box of 12 or 24 colored pencils or crayons, and arranging the colors from most to least favorite.

Nielsen advises placing favorite colors in the rooms and spaces where you spend the most time. If you share your home, both homeowners should complete the color tests and compare results. Colors you agree on should appear in common spaces, while divergent favorite colors may need to be relegated to personal spaces.

Pick the Right Paint Color

After identifying your favorite colors, head to the paint department at Lowe's:

  1. Whenever you see a color chip you like, pull it from the display. Then branch out and consider similar shades in all directions. Remember to ensure your color choices  coordinate with any furniture or artwork that's already in the room.
  2. After you gather all the samples you like, narrow it down to three or four hues for your specific project. If possible, view the samples in the same type of light as your home — incandescent, fluorescent or halogen. Compare the colors by holding them next to a sheet of white paper.
  3. Purchase each color in the smallest quantity available. Lowe's paint department now offers sample sizes.
  4. At home, paint a one foot square of poster board with each color.
  5. Live with the various colors for a week. Look at them during different times of day and in different lighting. Move the poster board swatches around the room — high, low, in corners and near windows. Before you know it, you'll decide on the perfect paint color.

Finess Your Color Choices

Color Cues

Afraid you still haven't found the right color? Don't worry. When in doubt:

  • Seek out color cues in items you already own — a favorite piece of art or furniture. Pull colors and color combination from what you know and love.
  • Bring a pillow, piece of fabric — even a favorite pair of shoes — to Lowe's and an associate will custom blend a paint shade to match.
  • Remember that to the human eye most colors on paint chips look a shade darker when applied to real rooms. If you're worried that a color is too dark or bold, consider one shade lighter.
  • Pair a bold color with white trim or painted half wall.
  • Rely on artwork, window treatments and large pieces of furniture to brighten or darken a room's overall hue.
  • Apply soft white to walls and then add color with accessories, such as rugs, pillows, art and window treatments.

Project Information

  • Skill Level: Beginner

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