Selecting the right color and type of paint for a project can be a lot of fun! Get inspired! Visit newly constructed model homes. View images online or in print, such as from a magazine, to get ideas of various color and finishing options. This way, when you go shopping for paint, you will have a good idea of what you want and not be so overwhelmed by paint choices.
Don’t be afraid of color! Nothing is more boring than a home that is completely painted in tans, browns, and light greys. If you are painting in preparation of selling your home, however, do paint in neutral colors so that potential buyers aren’t put off by what they may see as outlandish colors.
But don’t go over board! As mentioned above, one of the things potential homebuyers complain about in a home for sale is that there are too many colors throughout the house and/or the colors are very dark or extremely bright.
Bring Swatches: When you go to the store to select paint, bring swatches of fabrics and other items that show colors you want to copy or colors that compliment the color on the item. Many stores now have color match computers where you can bring an item (or an image on your smart phone) and match it to the millions of colors available.
Bring Home Paint Chips: Before you purchase gallons of paint, it is recommended that you select paint chips at the store and bring them home. Put the paint chips on the wall to see what the paint may look like.
Buy Tester Colors: Once you have narrowed down your paint color choices, purchase testers. A tester is a small container with a paint color. Tester paints are only a few dollars. You can purchase a few, then go home and paint a section of your wall. View the paint over a few days and at different times of day. The amount of light in the room will change the way the paint looks on the wall. So it is a good idea to view the paint color in early morning, during the day, and in the evening.
Selecting a Paint Finish
Once you have selected your paint color(s), it is time to select a paint finish. Each paint finish determines how the paint will look on the wall. Below are common paint finishes:
- Flat: There is almost no sheen when you paint a wall with flat paint. The paint appears truly flat. Flat paint is available in matte and enamel. Matte paint is a bit harder to clean than flat enamel paint.
- Eggshell: The eggshell paint finish is very popular because it has a bit of sheen, but not too much. When on the wall, eggshell paint gives off a very classic look.
- Satin Enamel: This finish has more of a shine when painted on a wall. It is easy to clean and is often used in bathrooms and kitchens.
- Semi-Gloss Enamel: Semi-gloss enamel is most used on trim and kitchen or bathroom cabinets.
- Hi-Gloss Enamel: Hi-gloss enamel is very, very shiny. Like semi-gloss enamel, the hi-gloss finish is used mainly on furniture as well as other accent pieces, such as chair railings or stair railings.
Selecting the right color and finish of paint for a room or item may seem challenging, especially if you have not done paint selection before or if you have had a bad experience. Hopefully, these tips will help you in selecting the color and finish of paint you are looking for. If not, remember, paint is not permanent – you can always paint over it!