How to choose the perfect paint color is no easy feat. If you’re not a paint color expert then the process of choosing paint colors can be overwhelming. You may have stumbled upon this article because you’re currently up to your elbows in paint swatches or you may not even know where to begin. With so many beautiful colors to choose from it’s easy to find yourself in over your head, but we’re here to help! It’s very common for people to lack confidence when it comes to choosing paint colors. That’s only because you may not be using the right tools to help you with your color journey. So, we asked our resident color enthusiast, Lexi, to spill the tea on her favorite top-secret color tips.
One of the most common frustrations clients face is not even knowing where to begin with colors. If that’s you, then this hack is a must-try! Rather than heading to the paint store or even starting to think about what you like or don’t like we recommend you browse a little. One of our favorite paint brands, Sherwin Williams, has a very cool tool that allows you to browse HOA colors. This is incredibly helpful even if you’re not part of an HOA because it’s going to show you color schemes that are already paired for you. That means you get a body, trim, and accent color all wrapped up in a nice little bow.
To use the tool click the link here and then enter your state, city (or wherever you like!), and then pick an HOA. Again, you do not have to be part of an HOA community to benefit from this tool. Click through the different scheme tabs to view all of the different pairings. Once you find one you like, you can even download it or screenshot to save it. Take all of the guesswork out of it and stop worrying about whether colors go together with this awesome color hack. Of course, we always recommend picking up some samples once you have a scheme or two that you like. Also, be sure to verify your color choices by testing your colors! For all of our tips on how to best test out your colors, check out our blog, How to Properly Test Paint Colors.
While we’re at it, we’ve got another awesome online tool for you! It’s the Sherwin Williams Color Snap tool. So, how do you use this? The applications are endless but we’re going to share two of our favorite ways to utilize this tool.
To actually use the color snap tool you can go online and upload your favorite photo or download the app to access it on your phone. If you’d like a video tutorial on how to use the different features of the Color Snap Visualizer let us know in a comment over on our youtube channel, we post frequently!
This color hack might shock you, but Lexi swears by it! To avoid color selection overload and ensure you’re picking appropriate colors she says to avoid the color wall at your local paint store. Lexi’s talking about the big wall of swatches that nearly every paint store has. These walls are designed to give your brain a little boost of dopamine when you enter the store. However, they’re really not the best for choosing appropriate colors for your home, especially for exteriors. This is because these color walls are typically organized by color rather than color family. That just means you’re seeing interior and exterior colors mixed in together. This can lead you to pick colors that are much brighter than would generally be recommended.
For elegant, timeless colors you want something that’s muted or lacks saturation. When you have all of the colors mixed in together on a wall, it’s really easy to end up pulling colors that are punchy or overly saturated. To avoid this pitfall, Lexi recommends asking for a color deck to browse through instead. Most paint stores should be able to provide you with one. If you happen to be working with a color specialist, you can ask them as well. Search the deck and look for sections like Neutrals, Historic, or Classic collections. Stay away from sections like Colors or Brights as these will typically be too pigmented to be used on homes.
This was one of our favorite paint color tricks so we saved it for last. If you’re already deep into your color selection and you’re trying to decide between color samples that are all seemingly the same you’ve got to give this tip a try. Essentially, rather than comparing all of the swatches at once, you’ll treat it a little bit like a March Madness bracket. Lexi helped us understand, “This is actually a tip I stole from my optometrist when I was picking out new glasses to help narrow things down”. Here’s how you do it:
We hope you loved these tips and tricks! Did Lexi have any hacks you hadn’t heard of? Which one was your favorite? And if you’d like even more paint color tips be sure to follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Youtube where Lexi posts weekly!