So you have decided which paint you are going to be using for your room, you have identified the patterns and the general color palette for the space, and then you are greeted in the paint store by shades and tones. This is enough to throw a curveball in anyone’s direction and this is also something which most people struggle with. Now if you ask the average person on the street they will see that white is white and blue is blue, but there is of course much more to it than this. Ion fact if you ask the experts likethey will tell you that picking the right shade is just as important as picking the color itself.
The question therefore becomes, how do you know which shade you are supposed to be choosing?
The Easy Bit
The first step to achieving this is to do the easy bit between splitting the tones of the color. For example if you know that you are going to be putting blue in your bathroom, you will already have a clear idea as to whether that is light or dark blue. This is the first place to start, separating the lights and darks and then getting started with regards to identifying tones within each shade that will support the look that you are after.
The only way that you are going to be able to see which colors and shades look best on your wall, is to actually paint them on there. Now of course it would be make no sense for you to paint the wall multiple times and so this is why we have sample pots. These small pots are free or very cheap to buy, and they will give you enough paint so that you will have a clear picture of what they are going to look like on your wall. Now when you are painting the samples on, don’t go crazy and add too many at once, because this will alter the way that the whole thing looks. The best option is to paint 4 samples, at different areas of the wall, and then stand back and see what it looks like. Be sure to measure this at different times during the day so that you get a really clear picture of how the room will look with that shade.
If you are still unsure there is nothing wrong with asking friends and family for their ideas as to which one looks best. Take a poll of as many people as you can and then see what the general consensus is with regards to the look of your wall with various tones and shades. This will of course be your decision in the end, but that is not to say that you shouldn’t take in some other inputs and see what people think.
Take your time and get the perfect tone for your room.