How to Choose Paint Colours for Your New House


Choosing paint colours can be both frustrating and challenging. Painting your house can transform the entire look of your house and really brighten things up. Follow these steps to learn how to choose paint colours for your new house.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint chips or swatches
  • Paint samples
  • Paint brush

Choosing Paint Colours For Your New House

  • Consider which room you will be painting and what the furniture in that room is like. Dark woods or large furniture may make a darkly painted room look much smaller. The key here is to work with what you have and pull colours from that.

  • Learn about the colour choices. A background shade is very different from an accent shade. Painting the entire room with an accent colour could leave you with colours that are too dark or too bright.

  • Visit your local home improvement and paint stores and browse the paint department. You will find paint chips, idea cards, brochures and even samples with which you can paint a small portion of your wall. On your first trip to the store, you should simply be window shopping. Grab paint chips in the colours that you like. Starting with the lightest colour at the top and all the way down can give you trim colors, accent colors, ceiling colours and wall colours. Bring home some ideas and then you will buy on the next trip.

  • Live with your choices for a while. Tape a few different paint chips up on the wall in the room where you want to paint or purchase a sample to paint a small square on the wall. Once you have looked at it for a few days, one or two of the colors will really start to pop out at you. Likewise, take any colors down that you are just not liking from day one.

  • Finally, it is time to buy. Go to the store and buy the colour that you have the strongest attraction and that you feel with work best with your new home. Buy trim colours in lighter shades and accent colours in darker shades.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are painting several rooms the same colour you can save money by purchasing a 5 gallon bucket of paint rather than the 1 gallon buckets.
  • If you are going to be doing a lot of painting, consider purchasing a reusable, washable tarp and better quality paint brushes. That way you will always have supplies on hand.
  • Try not to just go into the store and purchase the paint on the first day. The key to successfully picking paint is try out the color for a few days. See if it matches everything else or will coordinate. Not all colors are the same. Some have blue tones and some have yellow tones.

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