Simple Steps To Choosing The Right Paint Color

Hi sweet friends,

Have you ever been stumped by which color to choose? Are you overwhelmed by to many options? I know I have been there once before, there really are to many options! Don't fret though I'm here to help with easy tips on how to choose the perfect color for you & your room. Choosing the perfect pallet for your home can be daunting but exhilarating and also really important.


Lets start with working with a color wheel;

Primary; Red, Yellow & Blue. These colors can not be mixed or formed by any combination of the other colors. They are 3 pigmented colors.

Secondary; Green, Orange & Purple. These are formed by mixing the primary colors.

Tertiary; Yellow-orange, Red-orange, Purple-Orange, Blue-Purple, Blue-Green, Yellow-Green. These colors are formed by mixing primary and secondary colors.

Then choose a color theme;

Monochromatic; Using a single color on the color wheel, usually paired with a neutral or white.

Analogus; These colors areside by side together on a 12 part color wheel.

Contrast; Two different colors from different segments of the color wheel.

Complementary; These colors are directly opposite of each other on a color wheel

Check out Color Matters & Canva Colors for a great color info and more about color theory!


Tips to remember!

Don't forget to choose your pieces first; It is best to choose your furniture and accessories first and choose colors from there. It can be hard to match paint with your pieces afterwards unless you are sticking to a neutral. Then you can choose colors out of your fabrics to best co-ordinate or match you space.

Test your colors first; Gather paint chips or even better paint pots and test the colors on the walls. Try keeping them on for a day or two so you can see the color in the night or during the day so you can see the truest representation.

Don't forget about lighting! The lighting of the space can really change the mood, hue or color you are using. That's why testing it in each space can be super beneficial. If you find your room to dark maybe try adding more natural light or if not add more over head lighting or lamps. Also a quick tip is you can try upping the wattage of your light bulb, or trying a bulb that is fluorescent to give the space a warmer brighter feel. The normal bulbs sometimes give off a yellowish tinge and can change the wall color/fabrics in your space.

Some things to remember about lighting;

  • Natural daylight shows the truest color
  • Incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows
  • Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone

Check out this article from HGTV here.

Check out hue's, tones & shades; Look at all the hue's, tones and shades of each color you choose, you can even put together a color palette that way as well. See which one best suits your needs & look you want.

Define the mood; Choose the mood for your space, whether you want it bright, fresh, dark, bold etc. Then you can choose the tone & shade from there.


With these tips you will be able to choose colors easier and quicker then before. Let me know how these help you in the comments below!

Do you have any tips to add? How do you choose your colors?

See you all tomorrow for another One Room Challenge Update!!