Tips When Choosing Paint Color for your Home

I recently painted my walls and am so happy with how much it opened up the place. Now, I wouldn't say it's easy choosing paint. There are actually a lot of things to consider when choosing the right color and I wanted to share with you a few tips that will hopefully help you when you get to that point. And I'm just talking neutral colors that would cover the bulk of your walls.


Tip #1: Get inspiration

Pinterest and home catalogs are a great place to start with inspiration. Look for images that fit the style of your home and save any images that catches your eye. I already knew that I wanted a shade of light grey.

Tip #2: Buy paint samples

This is something that I should have done! But I am telling you now: get paint samples before you buy a gallon of paint, otherwise you are stuck with that color. What I did do was visit the closest Home Depot and looked at their variety of grey swatches. I picked out my favorite ones, took them home, taped them on my wall, and compared them all. I compared each of them during day light, and also compared them during the evening when I had the lights on. You want to know what each shade looks like throughout the day because they do change.


Tip #3: Test paint samples next to furniture and cabinets

After choosing my top 3 shades of grey, I compared them all next to my furniture and cabinets to ensure I make the right decision. You want to see the undertones of each shade so that when light hits it, the color will still look the way you want it next to your furniture and cabinets. You don't want to choose a color and find out it has more of a cooler undertone when you wanted something warm.

Tip #4: Choose the right sheen

Depending on what area of your home you are painting determines on what sheen you may want to consider. The options that I had at Home Depot were:

Matte: No shine and is ideal for low traffic areas like living rooms and bedrooms
Eggshell: Low shine and is a bit easier to clean than matte paint. This is also ideal for low traffic areas
Satin: Has a soft sheen that makes it easily wipeable. Ideal for more active rooms
Gloss: Has a smooth, high-shine finish and is very reflective. It can be used on cabinets, trims, and moldings.
Semi-Gloss: Shiny but not as reflective. Can also be used on cabinets, trims, moldings, or high moisture areas.

I'm no expert at painting, but these are just a few things that I've encountered and had really helped me choose the right paint color for my home. I ended up going with Behr Subtle Touch 790E-1 which I found to fit perfectly with the style and colors of my furniture. I hope you find my tips helpful for when you decide to paint your home :)