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Choosing a Paint Colour

You’ve been there. Standing in your local home goods store in front of what appears to be a mile of paint colour swatches. As much as you immediately fall in love with the warm, neutral tones of Mocha Madness, you find that the cool, soft lightness of Whispering Lilac transports you into a world of eternal spring.

What begins as a promise to go with your instinct for a quick paint pick often becomes so much more complicated because colours evoke emotions. While these emotions immediately cast out most of the paint chips before you, trying to make a final decision between two or three contrasting yet equally appealing choices is awfully confusing. Before you pick you may consider talking to a Painting Specialist, like Steeles Paint & Decorating Centre, for advice and a little guidance, but before you do that read through our two part guide.

Start with a Splash

No, not the Jackson Pollock type of splash. More of the figurative small hit of colour sort of splash. While there are many methods for choosing colours that will work for your mood or particular aesthetic, sometimes a favourite colour is just too enticing. In this case, paint your walls a neutral colour such as white, eggshell or taupe.

Reserve a single wall in your room for use as an accent wall and saturate it with any colour your heart desires. If you’re in love, you’ve hit gold. If you’re not so happy with the result, simply choose another colour. Experimenting with an accent wall offers you all of the fun without the labor-intensive commitment of having to repaint if you’re not so keen with the results.

Work from Inspiration

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Instead of starting at the colour swatch aisle, begin with a little help first. Whether your space is already full of furniture, curtains and other accessories or if you’re completely starting from scratch, pulling colours from a beloved inspiration can be the best way to approach paint.

Using a fabric with colours that speak to you is a tried-and-true method of working with colours that you like, that already work well together and that you can match to either that fabric or similar choices when decorating the rest of the room. However, don’t resign yourself to fabric swatches alone. Flip through magazines for room ideas that you enjoy or select colours from a favourite painting – even a favourite sweater or blanket will do the trick. As long as it’s personal to your tastes, you’re on the right track.

By Tarah Damask

Read our follow-up article in this 2-part series about paint: Paint Colour Psychology 101

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