So one of the top questions I get and one of the most confusing things I think for homeowners I’m sure you can relate is what color to paint. So I’m go on give you my top tips on choosing the right paint color this time and make sure to stay tuned to the end because I have something really special to give away. So when you’re choosing your paint color I think people kind of go and look at a paint deck or go into a paint store and they think well I like blues or I like grays or I want white and really don’t consider what is in their house. So the first thing I say is you’ve got to look at is the hard finishes. So something like flooring you go to look at your flooring do you have a light floor do you have a medium floor do you have a dark floor what material is it you really have to consider this when choosing your paint color. So tip number one look at your glory tip number two when choosing a paint color is if you are decorating or redecorating your room choose the paint color last and this goes against what everyone thinks they buy a home or they want to redo their home and they want to paint which I understand is just feels fresh and exciting to get a new color but really then you are choosing these higher price items like your couches our bed or whatever it may be rug around the paint color.
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So a designer tip is actually to get the design project done first and then choose a paint color that works within the things that you’ve chosen and they love. So pick your paint color last tip number three is look at your kitchen finishes and this kind of goes to the same as what I was saying tip number one about your floor you really have to consider the hard finishes of your home. So as an example I lived in a home previous to this home that was all brown brown everything and I’m not really particularly a brown person and I wanted to go contemporary and grays and all these great things which sound lovely but they would not have gone with the brown.
So with open concept to the reason I say to look at your kitchen is you really want to look at what color the cupboards are what color the countertops are what color the backsplash is and as much as you may love say a certain gray if you’ve got all Browns doesn’t mean you can’t have a great but you have to pick the right gray to go with those finishes tip number four and I think this is when I am myself miss a lot and people miss lot is how you want to feel in the space and not to sound all corny about it but color does make a direct effect of how you feel. So that’s why back in the day and it’s becoming popular again a lot of dining rooms were red because people wanted to entertain and feel energized and a lot of bedrooms are blue because people want to feel soothing and relaxed. So think about the environment you’re in if it’s your kids room maybe it is a brighter color if it’s your bedroom do you want it to be soft and relaxing if it’s a family room how do you want to feel in there if it’s a basement games room again color makes a big difference.
So really think about what you’re using the room for and how you want to feel in that room and it’ll help with the color choice. So tip number five is all paints paint colors have an undertone to them. So every color really has an undertone to them but what I find often is people say well I want a gray it’s great very popular still all right want a white I love white or I want a beige but again within all of these categories there are hundreds if not thousands to choose from and they have an undertone to them. So what that means is that some of the Grays say may have a blue undertone to them some of the beige is a lot of times have a pink undertone to them. So you really want to be careful when choosing the color to know what the undertone is if you can’t see it directly if you ask your paint specialist they’ll probably know. So tip number six is please test it out don’t look at a tiny little paint chip and say that’s the color I love it and paint your whole house in it and then hate it and never change it because as easy as it is to stay well you can just paint over things people don’t do that very often because it is kind of a pain in the butt. So what you want to do is go to the paint store you get a small little tin I think it costs about eight eight dollars and you want to test it and test it in different places at the house. So if you’re go on do one color throughout your main floor or in your living room family room tested out on different spots of the wall and then go back and look at it at different parts of the day because in the morning till noon tonight it will look different in different sunlight and my last tip and this is actually a bit of a personal preference. So but I’m go on throw it out there is don’t add too much contrast you can do a focal point wall I love wallpaper but I think that if you want to create harmony and one an easier way of decorating and having your other finishes and pieces work within your room I always suggest kind of go with one color in the main open area and then you can how to have fun with things in your bathroom you can have fun and your you know the bedrooms games room basement things like that but for an open floor plan I really like the idea of one color the beginning of this post I told you I had something special to give away and I do I think that paint color can really stress a lot of people out and I also think it makes a huge difference in how you feel the space that you create and the other things you put into your home. So I really want to help you out and I know I can’t go and do a paint consultation in everybody’s house but what I can do is break it up into categories of what my favorite paint colors are give you what those undertones are and least give you a starting point that you can take to the paint store and start testing some colors out. So link to that freebie below.