Hi friends! We are finally, FINALLY nearing the end of our big home renovations (YAY)! While we did not professionally renovate every room in our house, we did redo the interiors of each room to match my style and interior design vision. This cosmetic renovation came along with painting each room in our home to attain a cohesive look! Simply painting the walls and trim in our home made the biggest difference in making the space look fresh and new!
The two colors we used throughout our entire home are Benjamin Moore Collingwood and Sherwin William Oyster Bay. We used Oyster Bay for our kitchen and dining areas, and Collingwood for the living space, stairwell, bathrooms, and office. Both colors can be seen below!
While I absolutely LOVE these colors for our home, it is so tricky to pick out paint colors based upon someone else’s photos because every single home is different! The way paint looks in once space can look completely different in another based upon the lighting, wall surface area, shadows, and more! I am listing my top three tips when it comes to choosing a wall color, I hope is is helpful in your decision making process!
Tip #1 – Decide Yellow or Blue
Now I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t want yellow or blue on my walls…”! Deciding between “yellow” or “blue” is just deciding the undertone of your wall color. Do you want a warm undertone (yellow) or a cool undertone (blue)? Even the most similar of colors can look SO incredibly different in a room if the undertones are different. The undertones can sometimes be difficult to identify, so I put some examples below to help!
Tip #2 – Bottom of the Color Wheel
If you are having trouble identifying the undertone of the paint color, grab a color wheel from your local paint shop and start flipping through. I find it challenging to identify undertones of very light colors, so once I spot a color I like I trace the color all the way down the strip to the darkest variation of the color. From here it is much easier to see the true root of the color. I find this especially helpful when looking at grey paint colors. When you trace a grey paint color down the wheel it could actually be very blue or very yellow!
Top #3 – Big swatches!
My final tip is to narrow down your options to around 3 colors and paint big swatches on all different sides of the room you are painting! It is absolutely impossible to pick a paint color based upon the tiny paper sample you find in the color wheel or store. The best way to see how the color will look in your room is to manually paint a swatch on the wall and see how it looks with the light and structure of your room!
I hope these tips help, if you use any of them when choosing your paint colors be sure to let me know!