Property management companies such as T-Square understand the importance of choosing the right colors, and she has some tips to help you get just the right shade for your next project
To save you from frustration and needless waste of time and money, you should have a tested guideline for choosing paint colors for your home. In this article, we explain the steps to make sure the paint you choose for your home turns out to be exactly what you hoped for. The post explains what to consider when choosing paint colors, how to test the colors, and why paint preparation is important.
Common mistakes people make when choosing paint colors
- Flooring: The flooring in a room affects how the paint on the walls will turn out. There are more paint colors than there are wood stains or carpet colors. So it is important to make sure the colors will work with the carpet or flooring in the room.
- Lighting: Wall paint changes according to the lights in a room. The type of light produced by your light bulbs matter. Colors can look right in a certain light and completely wrong when you change the lighting. So if you intend to change your lighting, do it before you choose paint colors. You should also test your chosen colors under varying levels of illumination. We also suggest that once you've put some shades on the wall that you leave them up for a few days and view them at different times of the day. Natural light can dramatically affect how a particular paint color appears. Conversely, on a cloudy day a shade may look dramatically different. So it helps to analyze your options under a variety of light conditions.
After you choose your colors, the next step is to test them before you commit to putting them on your walls.
how to properly test paint colors
- Do not test with boards
(Editor's note: At times North Pine Painting may do a board sample for a client, but the intention is to help the customer narrow down their choices. Test boards may be helpful in this regard but they are not intended as an accurate representation of the final result And at times a homeowners' association may request a board sample to approve an exterior color.)
- Paint directly on the wall
- Paint two coats in large swathes
- For some colors, use a primer
- Paint on multiple walls
You also might choose to work with an interior designer for a color consultation. Some of our customers have done just that.