How to Pick a Paint Color

In this video, you will learn how to easily pick paint a color for your home by following 3 simple steps:

  1. Choose a quality paint.
  2. Use color samples.
  3. Choose your sheen.

Choosing a paint color can be a daunting task. With so many colors to choose from, many of them near-identical, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for your home. Color chips allow you to test each option in context, but they cannot show you how a color will look spread across your walls.

Luckily, there is a better way.

In this video, Lou offers 3 simple tips that will help make your paint selection process run smoothly. By choosing quality paint, using color samples, and choosing an appropriate sheen, you will get the job done right — the first time. That is without a doubt.

Step 1: Choose a quality paint.

Lou recommends Benjamin Moore, a premium brand available exclusively at Ace Hardware and other select retailers. Founded in 1883, the company offers thousands of options to choose from. Whether you are looking for a lighter or darker color, for cool colors or a neutral color, chances are Benjamin Moore has it.

Regardless of which room you are painting, or which color palette and color schemes you admire, Benjamin Moore makes choosing a color easy. The company’s products are curated into customer-friendly collections that make the browsing process intuitive. And once it is applied, Benjamin Moore paint delivers unmatched performance and color quality.

Step 2: Use color samples.

While “color chips” are great for narrowing your options, they cannot show you what a color actually looks like spread across the walls in your home. After you select your top few colors, use sample pints instead. Those will help you make a decision with confidence.

Simply paint 2 coats of each color on your wall to see how they look. Be mindful of the light in your home, and consider the ways it changes at different times of the day. Natural light changes the look and feel of most colors. When using samples, try to view each option at a number of different angles, and in many different shades of light.

Step 3: Choose your sheen.

Sheen determines how much light reflects off of a given surface. When it comes to interior design, you can use sheen to dictate how shiny a painted surface will be. Lower sheen — such as flat or matte — look soft, and they hide imperfections. Higher sheens — such as eggshell or semi-gloss — are durable, and they are able to endure gentle washings. Selecting the right sheen is an important part of the painting process, as it helps ensure the best results.

Before visiting a paint store, think about the rooms in your home, and each room’s respective purpose. Low-traffic areas — such as bedrooms and dining rooms — are great for lower sheen, since the walls are less likely to get nicked during your day-to-day routine. High traffic areas — such as childrens’ rooms and kitchens — are better fit for high sheens, since they experience the wrath of everyday life. That includes door frames and wood work, which people interact with everyday.

That’s it: by following those simple steps, you can quickly and easily pick a color that is right for your home. Whether you are painting a living room, a bathroom, or another living space, these tips will help ensure that you get your next wall color right—the first time.

Just remember: choose quality paint, use color samples, and choose an appropriate sheen.

In this video, you will learn how to easily pick paint a color for your home by following 3 simple steps:

  1. Choose a quality paint.
  2. Use color samples.
  3. Choose your sheen.

Choosing a paint color can be a daunting task. With so many colors to choose from, many of them near-identical, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for your home. Color chips allow you to test each option in context, but they cannot show you how a color will look spread across your walls.

Luckily, there is a better way.

In this video, Lou offers 3 simple tips that will help make your paint selection process run smoothly. By choosing quality paint, using color samples, and choosing an appropriate sheen, you will get the job done right — the first time. That is without a doubt.

Step 1: Choose a quality paint.

Lou recommends Benjamin Moore, a premium brand available exclusively at Ace Hardware and other select retailers. Founded in 1883, the company offers thousands of options to choose from. Whether you are looking for a lighter or darker color, for cool colors or a neutral color, chances are Benjamin Moore has it.

Regardless of which room you are painting, or which color palette and color schemes you admire, Benjamin Moore makes choosing a color easy. The company’s products are curated into customer-friendly collections that make the browsing process intuitive. And once it is applied, Benjamin Moore paint delivers unmatched performance and color quality.

Step 2: Use color samples.

While “color chips” are great for narrowing your options, they cannot show you what a color actually looks like spread across the walls in your home. After you select your top few colors, use sample pints instead. Those will help you make a decision with confidence.

Simply paint 2 coats of each color on your wall to see how they look. Be mindful of the light in your home, and consider the ways it changes at different times of the day. Natural light changes the look and feel of most colors. When using samples, try to view each option at a number of different angles, and in many different shades of light.

Step 3: Choose your sheen.

Sheen determines how much light reflects off of a given surface. When it comes to interior design, you can use sheen to dictate how shiny a painted surface will be. Lower sheen — such as flat or matte — look soft, and they hide imperfections. Higher sheens — such as eggshell or semi-gloss — are durable, and they are able to endure gentle washings. Selecting the right sheen is an important part of the painting process, as it helps ensure the best results.

Before visiting a paint store, think about the rooms in your home, and each room’s respective purpose. Low-traffic areas — such as bedrooms and dining rooms — are great for lower sheen, since the walls are less likely to get nicked during your day-to-day routine. High traffic areas — such as childrens’ rooms and kitchens — are better fit for high sheens, since they experience the wrath of everyday life. That includes door frames and wood work, which people interact with everyday.

That’s it: by following those simple steps, you can quickly and easily pick a color that is right for your home. Whether you are painting a living room, a bathroom, or another living space, these tips will help ensure that you get your next wall color right—the first time.

Just remember: choose quality paint, use color samples, and choose an appropriate sheen.