How to Avoid Mistakes When Picking Paint Colors

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No one wants to live with a bad paint color in their home, so it’s often a stressful experience to make sure you’re choosing the right one — especially if you’re painting a large room. While a paint color can be changed, if you’ve invested money in the paint and equipment, as well as your precious time into performing the paint project itself, you’ll likely be living with the color you choose for a while. With this in mind, here’s how to avoid making mistakes when picking paint colors.

Don’t Use the Tiny Paper Samples to Make Your Color Choice

In order to choose a paint color, you need to see a decent-sized sample of it on the wall. If you go about picking paint colors by holding up one of those paint store sample strips to a wall, you run the risk of being surprised or even disappointed once the entire room is that color. A tiny sample simply isn’t a good representation of what a color will look like over a large area.  Plus the chip is printed not painted.

Know That Colors Look Different at Various Times of Day

And on different walls. And at different angles. One of the most mystifying things about picking paint colors is how a color that looks perfect when the bright morning light is streaming through your living room window can suddenly take on a dark, drab tone after the sunlight has shifted direction later in the day. Because of this, take a look at paint samples on your walls at different times of the day. Also, try a color on different walls and in different locations on the same wall to see if you like it everywhere.

Don’t Forget the Decor!

One of the biggest mistakes people make when picking paint colors is moving all of their furniture and decor away from the wall (or walls) that are going to be painted when they’re testing out samples. Because your furniture and decor will be a part of the room once the walls are painted, it’s important to make sure they don’t clash with your new paint color. After a sample is dry, move everything back to see how you like the color you’re considering.

Dark Rooms and Dark Colors Don’t Mix

Even if you’re a fan of bold, dark colors, make sure to consider the room where the colors will exist. If a room lacks natural light or fixtures that provide ample light to brighten it up, painting the walls dark will make it feel closed in, dreary, and much smaller. Only consider darker shades for well-lit rooms. A lighter paint color will help open up and brighten a room with very little light.

Use SureSwatch to Help With Picking Paint Colors

Those tiny paint sample strips aren’t a great strategy for choosing your final color, but you don’t want to paint a bunch of sample squares on the wall that you’re going to have to cover up later. SureSwatch provides an excellent solution that allows you to see the different colors you’re considering in sizable sample swatches while helping you avoid making a mess and creating work that you’ll have to undo later. With SureSwatch, you simply apply two coats of paint (allowing them to dry in between coats) to the sample swatch before peeling off the backing and applying it to the wall. It’s incredibly easy to use!

SureSwatch peels off easily removing the rejected colors. It keeps your walls clean and ready to paint when you are ready to paint, eliminating any extra steps. When picking paint colors, there’s no more useful tool than SureSwatch in helping you avoid a paint color mistake that you could be stuck living with for the next 10 years!


Want more help picking paint colors? Check out our painting tips for ideas and inspiration!

Find SureSwatch at Home Depot, Walmart, and Ace Hardware.

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