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Choosing Paint Colors

Picking the shade that will cover a room can be a daunting task — just where do you begin when staring at wall of dozens of shades? To help you approach the paint store with confidence, I’ve listed some blunders DIY decoraters make most often.

You choose a hue by only looking at the paint chip.
Those little buggers can be misleading. The absolute best way is to get a little bit of paint on each wall that will be painted to see how lighting changes it throughout the day.

We try to provide examples of what the shade will look like in different lights, but you need to take it home to truly see what works in your space.

You don’t consider how you will “feel” with the color day in and day out.

Try living with it for a few weeks. Give yourself a little time to allow yourself to resonate with the color and the feeling it brings to your environment.

You don’t have a plan for the rest of the room.
If you’re redecorating a space from scratch, it’s helpful to have a vision in mind from the get-go. luxe

It’s important to remember that you have nearly every paint color in the rainbow at your disposal, but are often more limited when it comes to furnishings and fabrics.

You don’t consider the furnishings that are in the room that may affect the paint color.
We’re all for going bold on your walls, but you shouldn’t necessarily choose a super-intense color to make an impact.

Often someone will choose a bold red, but not think about the navy sofa they are purchasing and how that combination might not turn out ideally.

You don’t break the “rules.”
We have all heard not to paint small spaces with dark colors because of the “closed in” or “claustrophobic” feeling it will cause. But what about how cozy it can make it feel? It could be just the perfect shade to give your reading nook that quiet cozy ambience.

You live with a color you don’t love.
Sure, it’s a pain to repaint a room when the shade doesn’t quite work, but it’s actually one of the cheapest and easiest things to correct.

Surround yourself with what you love… especially color. It’s amazing the effect it has!


cartoon canUsing wet samples to choose the perfect paint color for your home.

So, you’ve narrowed down your search for that “just right” color for your home to a few candidates. Now what? How do you select the final color with confidence?

Many paint stores not only offer advice, but also wet samples. We at Miller Paint offer samples of the colors you choose in quart sizes for only $5. This allows you to paint a small section of the specific color you’re considering onto a wall in your home.  Or, if you aren’t ready to paint this weekend, find a large piece of cardboard to paint so you don’t have a big square of paint on your wall until you actually get around to painting.

It’s key to paint two coats and let it dry for at least two hours—that way you’ll get a true color sample (one coat would be too light, and paint changes in appearance from when it’s wet to when it’s dry). Then wait a day or so to see how the color changes in various lighting situations. See how the color looks in morning light, afternoon sunshine and artificial lighting at night. You want to make sure that you like the color throughout the day and that it works for that space with different light sources.  And if you decided to paint a piece of cardboard or other item you can put it up to different walls and see how the light hits that color from different directions as well.

Wet sampling also gives you an opportunity to see how your top paint choices look with your furniture, floor, wall hangings, window coverings and other décor in the room. This knowledge will help you make your final paint selection with confidence.

If you’re ready to spruce up a room in your home and update it with a new color, there are lots of resources available to help you. Before you know it, you’ll have a new look and a new appreciation for a space in your home.