Have you ever seen color swatches in a store then bring it home, used a sample, and had the color dry totally different? The reason for this is lighting. That’s why it is so important for you to sample paint first before applying an entire coat on your walls. It’s better to start off with 3 or 4 colors you like, so it’s easier to compare colors. Once you get home, paint a 1-foot-by-1-foot square of each color next to each other on the wall you wish to paint. You will only want to use one coat because, although you will be painting over it, you don’t want the coats showing through the final layer. Over the next couple of days, you’ll see the color slightly change as it dries. You will also notice how the colors change at different times of the day due to the natural light. Time and time again, you will realize that the color you thought was perfect actually isn’t what you’d expect it to be.

When it comes to light, here’s a good rule of thumb to go by. Use warmer colors for northern facing rooms and cooler colors for southern facing rooms. This will offset the lack or abundance of sunlight. Aside from light, there’s a few other factors to keep in mind, such as the surrounding furniture in your home. The colors in these items, like hardwood floors, countertops and furniture, will come into play when determining which color families work best in the room, and will really help to narrow down your options. However, if you’re decorating an empty room, we recommend you select furniture first before choosing a paint color. Also, if you are using multiple colors, try to stay in the same hue for a more unified color palette. 

Picking the perfect color isn’t a black and white process, and there is a lot that goes into it. Colors affect our moods and emotions. When picking a color, you can narrow down colors based on the feelings they evoke and the mood you want the room to make people feel. Also, if you want to change the perception of size in a room, color will also matter. Go for lighter colors if you want to make a room feel larger, and darker if you want it to feel smaller. Different rooms should evoke different moods in the home because each room has its own purpose. If you’re nervous to experiment with color that’s too bold, go for neutrals. It’s always a safer bet and will even potentially increase the value of your home and make your home easier to sell. 

We hope these tips helped you feel more prepared for your next painting project! At J&S Painting Plus, Inc., we are fully licensed and insured painting contractors, offering the highest standard of quality workmanship for exterior house painting and all your residential painting needs at the most affordable prices. Contact us today via our website for a free quote to get started: http://jandspaintingplus.com/contact-us/