Paint color is an efficient way to add your personality to a space. Walking over to your local hardware store and shuffling through hundreds of color chips can be daunting, so here are a few tips via our friends at Houzz to help you get started on your color story.
Start with an inspiration image, palette, or some piece of art as a starting point to expand around. Athena Calderone created a palette in her cutaway sketch below, for the Playland Motel in the Rockaways inspired by the ocean views.
Neutral colors like greys and beige are quite forgiving in a space, as they will compliment everything you already own.
Bring a sample of the finishes in your room to the paint store to aid in matching. Start with the existing motifs and you will avoid a color clash.
If you’re nervous about adding color to your space, start with a small area like your bathroom, then move on to larger spaces as you ease into your color story.
See a color you love in a magazine or blog image? Feel free to snag it- but always make sure to test out the paint on your wall. Either paint a poster sized sheet, or paint a swatch right onto the wall. This will avoid major mishaps!
When in doubt, you can always ask a designer to help you with a color consultation, it’s worth it’s weight in gold!