It is common for homeowners to make cosmetic changes after buying a home. One of the simplest projects that has an immediate effect is a fresh paint job. Many homeowners attempt to visualize the perfect paint color in a given room, but are often left disappointed with the results. To avoid paint color remorse, keep in mind these tips before selecting a shade:

Size up the room – The size and scale of a room are important factors to consider when choosing a color. Typically, small rooms appear even smaller when painted in rich, dark tones. If you’re dead set on a dark color, paint one accent wall instead to keep the space open. Color intensifies in grander spaces, so if you select a dark color for a large room, be sure to choose the lightest shade in the palette.

Create flow – It’s also crucial that the color you choose coordinates with the other rooms throughout your home. Room colors can vary as long as there is a clear flow. Carry one color into the next room to create a sense of harmony.

Select a sheen – Gloss level depends on which look you want to achieve. Matte or flat finishes hide imperfections, but are susceptible to stains. Satin or eggshell finishes work best on smooth surfaces. Semigloss mixtures are shiny, but they are a snap to clean and stand up to everyday wear and tear.

Use sample jars – One of the easiest ways to tell if a color will look beautiful in your home is to test it out for yourself. Experiment with sample jars from your paint supplier – they’re affordable and will save you the hassle of painting again later on.

Cast different lighting
 – No matter how the color appears in a can or on the swatch, your home’s lighting will alter it significantly. Fluorescent bulbs work well with cool tones (think greens and blues), whereas incandescent bulbs bring out warm hues and earth tones. Use those sample jars with different types of lighting and at various times of day.

Source: Consumer Reports

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