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The Perfect Paint Colour ~ Tips

| June 11, 2013 | 1 Comment

Choosing paint colours for your walls can be daunting. It’s hard to tell from a 1″ paint chit what the entire wall is going to look like and trying to figure out what the undertones are in a tiny chit is difficult. However, there are a few tips and tricks to help you find your perfect paint colour.
1. Look for Inspiration!

If you don’t have a colour family in mind, aka – you have no idea what to put on you walls, then look in the room for inspiration. Do you have a favourite throw pillow that you want to pull colours out of? How about your existing rug? It is a lot easier to find a great paint colour to match a rug of fabric than it is to find a rug to match your walls. I used this fabric on one of my living room chairs as my inspiration and this rug in our breakfast room to find wall colour.

Living Room Chair Cushion Inspiration

Living Room Chair Cushion Inspiration

I chose Benjamin Moore Stonington Grey for the Walls

BM - Stonington Grey

BM – Stonington Grey

 

Rug in the Breakfast Room

Rug in the Breakfast Room

I chose Benjamin Moore – Sea Haze for the accent wall in the built-ins and Farrow and Ball – Pale Powder for the walls.

BM - Sea Haze

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#2: Test a Sample on Your Walls

It’s better to buy a sample tin of a few colours then buy a gallon or more of paint and not like it. That way you can also look at how the colour changes from day to night. These tests are from my house…

TV Room (we went with the left BM - Stone Harbour)

TV Room (we went with the left BM – Stone Harbour)

Our boys' room

Our boys’ room

#3. Ask the Professionals

I can’t guarantee that the teenager working at Home Depot will be an expert in colours.  However, if you go into a specialty paint store like Benjamin Moore they should be able to give you advice and ideas.

Painting a room can completely change the look and feel of the space. It is an easy inexpensive way to create a quiet and calm space or liven it up with a splash of colour. Seeing how paint can change a room is one of my favourite decorating reveals. There must be a room in your house that you’ve been wanting to re-paint. Head out to your paint store, use these tips and create a fresh.fabulous.sophisticated space.

Keep it Beautiful.

Alicia

 

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Together with my hubby, we're working on renovating our 1920's house that we purchased in 2010 in a downtown neighbourhood in Ottawa, ON. The house was in need of mega love, complete with variations of bad wallpaper and peeling vinyl flooring. However, we were up to the challenge. I am the Mommy to a 5 year old, a 2 year old and baby girl who keep me on my toes. My hubby is armed with the tools and is the magic in building my crazy design ideas. In come the realities of renovating, budget, time and kids are things that many of us have to work with. I write about creating beautiful spaces that are everyday friendly, with easy DIYs which then leave room for splurges and I hope to inspire you to do the same. Author's website.

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  1. Painting my whole first floor, this is a stellar post as I prep for it! Thanks for all the awesome tips! Angie

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