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A Guide to Using Color Swatches to Pick Paint Colors

A Guide to Using Color Swatches to Pick Paint Colors

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Picking a paint color for a room can be tricky. A color you picked based on a swatch or paint chip may look entirely different on your walls. However, if you are overwhelmed by color swatches, you have come to the right place.

If you are looking for guidance in choosing the best color for your home using color swatches, Mike Chavez Painting is here to help. Our team has compiled some handy tips for selecting the perfect color for your rooms using swatches or paint chips.

Always Select Two or More Paint Colors from the Swatches

Choose multiple hues or bring the entire deck of colors home. Ask the store owner if they have a chip with coordinating colors. Visualize how your room will look painted in your favorite colors. Look at every color from the deck of colors at different times of the day to see how it changes in different lighting conditions. Hold the colors against the artwork, upholstery, curtains, and lampshades in the room. Finalize two or three colors.

Remember, on a paint strip; colors are variations of the same formula. They have the same undertone, but their intensities may vary. The bottom color on a paint strip will give you the best idea of the color family and undertone. Be careful when comparing colors on two swatches. They may look similar but reveal their true hue when assessed independently.

Test Paint Colors

The most effective way to test paint colors is to apply them directly to your wall. This will help you understand how they will look in your room. If you want to test similar colors, consider applying them to large wall sections. Many paint suppliers offer color samples in small containers. Take the samples home and apply them to the wall of the room you want to paint. Paint broad sections at eye level.

Wait for test sections to dry and then hang artwork over them. Put furniture in front of test sections and move back to see how they look. See test sections at different times of the day. Also, check how they look under artificial lights.

Consult Paint Experts About Sheens

Once you have picked the color that looks best on your walls, ask the paint experts at your local paint store for recommendations. When determining the right sheen, a paint expert considers multiple factors, including the type of surface to be painted – drywall vs. paneling vs. plaster, and whether the wall surface needs to be protected from moisture or fingerprints.

Mike Chavez Painting is a leading painting company serving Kenwood. We specialize in residential painting in Kenwood. Our painters have accumulated specialized knowledge, expertise, and experience. Their unparalleled ability to develop customized solutions to meet the unique needs of our customers sets them apart from their peers. To request a quote, call (707) 623-5850.