What are the best tips and methods for choosing paint colors? How do you decide which color to choose, but also which finish and shine? Paint colors can and often are very tricky to work with. Even for those who paint day in and day out, it is difficult to pick a perfect color without practice and mistakes. There are a few guidelines you can follow when choosing a paint color.
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1. Determine the color palette of the room
Decide from the start whether you want to create a dark, dramatic space or a neutral and soft space. For example, a misconception is that a small dark room will appear lighter with a little white paint.
The opposite is true. A room with little natural daylight is cozier if you also keep it dark and dramatic. With this, we want to indicate that you should leave a space in its value and not try to create something that it will never be able to become.
2. Color depth
How deep and intense a chosen color appears on the wall depends on two things: the quality of the pigment in the paint and the pigment concentration used. The higher the pigmentation, the deeper the coverage. This makes your color appear more intense and radiant.
When using high pigmentation paints, you will notice that the undertones subtly change depending on the lighting. This gives a space character and definition.
For walls that are regularly exposed to knocks and splashes (for example in your kitchen or bathroom), the wear resistance of the paint is more important than the color depth. Choose a washable, grease-resistant product and make sure your chosen color lasts as long as possible and you have to touch as little as possible.
One of the hallmarks of good wall paint is its thick, creamy texture. This gives the paint better coverage than cheaper, watery alternatives. If you paint a large area, it is nice if the paint covers well. In addition, you need less paint to achieve the desired color saturation. This ultimately saves you time and money.
When you start a paint job, think beyond your own front door. Because you are not alone in the world, choose water-based paint with a low VOC (volatile organic compound) content. This paint contains fewer solvents than oil-based wall paint, which is better for the environment.
6. On the road for paint colors
Shopping for paint colors is the most fun part of the whole process. To come home with the right paint colors, it is important to take a few things with you to the store. For example, pieces of fabric that you use in the room that needs to be painted or even a piece of fabric that you use as a source of inspiration.
It is dangerous to think that you can remember the colors in the store. As soon as you see all kinds of other colors there, you have already lost the color of the home. So make sure you bring some references with you.
Note that many paint colors end up being much darker than they would appear on a color swatch in the store. So when in doubt about a color, always choose a lighter variant. In addition, it is wise to choose colors in abundance.
So suppose you need two or three colors, then choose twenty color samples. A few lighter variants, a few dark ones, some with a little more yellow or a little bluer in it.
7. The influence of natural and artificial light
Choose the largest pieces of colored steel you can get in the store and stick them to the wall in the room where you want to use them. Watch the colors during the day to see how the color changes in the light. Check them out in the morning and at the end of the day.
This will make your choice between the twenty different colors easier. Once you have a few options left, it’s a good idea to buy a small can of paint of each color so you can paint a few patches on the walls. Colors look very different on the different walls in the room, depending on the amount of light and the type of light.
8. Determine the finish and shine of the paint
Then comes the next decision you have to make. Paint is available in different gloss types, such as from matte to a high gloss. If you want to paint a wall, we recommend that you use an eggshell or satin gloss.
These glosses have a little bit of reflection in the paint and they also look beautiful in soft light or candlelight. A matte wall paint often looks chalky, but can also be very beautiful. Always keep in mind that the more reflection in the paint, the more visible the irregularities of the wall.
9. Specific Compounds
It may sound logical, but still: for your final selection, take into account the function of the room and the surface that you are going to paint. There is a good chance that there is a paint product that exactly fits your needs.
An anti-fungal emulsion is perfect for damp bathrooms, while a small, dark room will benefit more from a light-reflecting composition. Also, don’t hesitate to ask our experts for help. Send them an email or ask for advice via social media. This saves you time and ensures that you achieve the desired end result.
Nowadays we see a lot of walls in a lacquered wall finish, a beautiful and modern appearance, but make sure that the walls are perfectly finished before the paint is applied. A lacquered wall finish gives the room a healthy amount of style and posture.