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Your Complete Guide to Choosing the Right Paint Colour

by Vanhishikha Bhargava 07 Sep 2021 4 Comments

Congratulations! You have chosen your home. Now comes the hard part, albeit with its fair share of fun — choosing the right decor, materials, paints and shades. Picking the right kind of paint is important, whether you are starting from scratch or redecorating. It is not just about the trend, but also about the safety standards, with all the new features paints nowadays have to offer.

Paints perk up your place and also foolproof it against damage and bacteria, only if you know what to look for. Let’s take you through this handy guide where we tell you how to choose the right paint colours for your abode.

how to choose the right paint colour

Things to keep in mind while choosing the interior paints

Choosing a paint for your house is not just about choosing the colour. Well, of course it is, but there are also other factors involved. Let’s take a look at all the things you need to consider while choosing the right paint colours for your home.

#Tip 1: Choose decor first

We recommend choosing your furniture and decor first and then going with a uniform shade of paint. Reason being, it is easier to first curate the decor, whether you are going to mix and match or go with a common theme. Choosing the interior paint colour and then trying to find decor and furniture that compliments it becomes a rather tedious task. 

#Tip 2: Decide the focus point

If you want the focus to be on your walls, pick bold and vibrant colours, after checking whether or not they are in sync with your decor. On the other hand, pick pastels if you want your decor to stand out and your interior paint to blend in well to give an overall pleasing effect. Refer to the chart for the most common pastel and neutral hues that are always in vogue and look good with almost any kind of set-up.

color palette for living room

#Tip 3: Know the undertones

Another important point to note while choosing the right paint colours for your home is checking the undertones. You can choose the colour but it is important to know whether it is cool-toned or warm-toned, or you may end up with walls that would look drastically different from what you imagined it would be.

The best way forward would be to first choose the colour and then patch test the various undertones against your decor to figure out which one suits the best.

#Tip 4: The three-paint rule

Your home is your canvas. You can play with colours and decor as much as you want. But, know that it is better to consult a professional so that your home does not end up looking like Disneyland of different shades, and we do not mean it as a compliment.  The best way would be to follow the three-paint rule. It means that you pick one shade and go with three versions of it throughout your house to maintain uniformity. The most ideal ratio is 6:3:2 that ranges from the darkest to the lightest variant of the shade chosen.

#Tip 5: Do a sample test

This is very important. You took your time while finding and finalising your home. Now, in a similar meticulous manner, pick your paint colour. Whichever shades you shortlist on paper, do a patch test first. Also check how it looks against the decor, in your respective rooms and corners. Only, and only pick the shade once you are absolutely sure that it would look good on the walls. A patch test or sample test can help you save a lot of time, effort and money.

#Tip 6: Try a paint colour application

You have a smartphone with advanced technology like augmented reality. Make use of it. There are several applications available, such as Valspar Virtual Painter, Sherwin Williams ColorSnap Paint Visualiser, etc that help you visualise how a particular shade would look on your walls and against a particular piece of decor. Just check for the accuracy of preview shades and ensure that there is not much of a difference between the actual colour on the wall and the one shown in the app. This is a great way to find out which colour would look good on your walls.

#Tip 7: Check the texture

Today, we have a lot of options to choose from, not only in terms of colour, but also in terms of texture. Figure out whether you want a matte paint or a glossy and shiny one. There are also other textures available.

Pick one as per your budget and taste, and also one that goes well with the rest of the decor and the shade chosen by you. Usually, matte paints are good for imperfect walls, although they tend to attract dirt more in the long run. On the other hand, paints with more sheen are easier to clean and more durable. The most popular sheen choice is eggshell.

More or less, you are good to go if you keep all these tips in mind while picking up the paint colours for your house. Take the help of experts such as colour consultants if you are not too sure. Most of the paint brands too provide relevant assistance.

However, there are a few additional things to look for in a paint.

Few other features to look for in a good paint

As we said, it is not just about the colour. Figure out if your chosen brand has paints with the following features apart from the pretty shades that it offers.

#1 Washable

Usually, paints with sheen are easily washable and can be cleaned. These are also known as emulsions or plastic paints and can be easily washed using soap and water.

#2 Non-toxic

Since we are so into clean and sustainable home and decor, why not use that sense while choosing our paints as well. Choose odourless paints that do not have the chemical formaldehyde which is a known pollutant. Non-toxic paints use carbon technology and are free of such chemicals, keeping your home safe.

#3 Anti-bacterial

2020 was the year of the pandemic that has still not gone. Naturally, there was an increased need for everyday surroundings that could protect against microbes and bacteria. Pick paints that are antibacterial and anti-microbe, to give your home an extra layer of protection.

#4 Resistance

Paints nowadays come with extra features of resistance, against dust, stain, humidity, etc, depending on your need. If you live in a particularly dry and dusty weather, a dust-resistant paint would be good. On the other hand, a humidity-resistant paint is great if you live in particularly wet areas. There are also weather-resistant paints that fight all such conditions throughout the year and require minimum maintenance.

Choose these features depending on where you are putting the paint. For instance, the anti-bacterial feature is great for interior paints while the weather-resistant one for exterior walls. Choose well.

Paint your home the clean and sustainable way

Choosing the right paint for your home can be a slow task, but it is essential. It is your home. The right kind of shade creates the perfect vibe to live with. One wrong shade, and your dream house doesn’t quite look so dreamy.

Take your time and pick your shades wisely. Take expert advice wherever necessary and go beyond the shades to look into the non-toxic and clean features, so that you have a truly safe and sustainable abode.

And for a decor that matches your sustainable vibe and beautiful shades of paint, pick decor marvels from Fabuliv.

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26 Feb 2024 Mariam khalifa

When it comes to selecting the perfect paint color for your space, it can feel like a daunting task with so many options to choose from. However, with the right guidance, you can easily navigate through the sea of colors to find the one that suits your taste and complements your home’s decor. If you are confused about choosing a paint brand, I suggest a brand for your projects. Caparol Senegals is one particularly notable paint brand. Their extensive selection of premium paints offers a multitude of color options, durability, and versatility. Choose Caparol Senegals for a hassle-free painting experience and stunning results.

14 Jan 2023 Elaina D'Agostino

Thank you for your advice about choosing bold and vibrant colors if we want the walls to stand out and choosing pastel colors if we want to place the focus on the decor. We don’t have much decor in the house, so I think we’ll go with the first one. Once we decide which color is best, we’ll contact a contractor right away.

13 Jul 2022 House Painters
Great tips. As a local house painter, these are great suggestions we provide to our clients, especially trying out first before painting the entire property. Good read!

Adrian Martinez
Painting Contractors of San Bernardino

21 Apr 2022 Sally Pillay

If you are looking for some advice or guidance when it comes to choosing an exterior paint color for your home, let the color experts at filler paint help! filler paint will send out one of their color professionals to help you choose the right exterior color for your home.

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