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How to Choose the Right Paint Color

October 19th, 2011 Bed and Bath

It can be intimidating to head to the local paint store and see how many different swatches of color are available for perusal. Many of them look exactly the same, so it's hard to tell whether you'd like Buttercream or Daffodil. Instead of wasting precious time debating between shades, here are a few tips for choosing one that you'll like, according to Real Simple magazine.

1. You can't make a good decision just by looking at the square piece of color in the store. It's best to bring it home and look at it in the room that you'll be painting. That way, you'll see how the color looks under your home's lights.

2. Consider asking for samples of a couple of your favorite colors. Paint a few boards with the colors and place them around the room you're going to paint. Observe the hues at different times of the day to see how your room will look in all kinds of light.

3. If you're trying to match a color to a piece of fabric or a painting that you already have, it's easier to ask the paint store to mix you a custom tint. That way, you won't have to agonize about whether or not a particular shade is spot-on.

4. Some paint stores and retailers have computer programs that let you virtually paint a room to see what the color looks like. You can even upload your own pictures into some of these programs.

5. Cut down on the number of options you have by sticking to a particular brand or a certain line of colors that you like. That way, you'll have less to choose from but you'll know that the selection suits your taste.