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Picking a Paint Color

paincolorsPainting a room is an easy, inexpensive upgrade that do-it-yourselfers can take upon themselves and accomplish over a weekend. Although it is a fun part of a painting project, picking the perfect shade of paint can often prove daunting. Consider the following questions to help you find just the right color.How is the space used?If you are painting your bedroom, you might want to choose a calming color such as blue. A study in the United Kingdom by Travelodge found that those who slept in blue bedrooms slept the best and woke up in a happy, positive mood. For a kitchen, you may want to use a cheerful, bright color to get your morning started on an energizing note.What items are not being replaced? This includes furniture, carpeting, and drapes, which are larger investments. Unless you plan to replace these items, you’ll want to keep these in mind when choosing a color so that it doesn’t clash.What is the lighting like in the room? A room’s natural lighting will change throughout the day as the sun’s angle changes. Also the direction of the room’s sun exposure will cause a paint color to appear differently. Artificial light will also affect the appearance of a color. Benjamin Moore® recommends when choosing paint colors for a room, it’s always wise to look at color swatches in the actual space and under different lighting conditions.For the best test, buy a paint color sample and paint one or more test areas in your room. Observe how the color looks at different times of the day in natural and artificial light.Do you have any inspiration for the room? Pinterest and dwelling magazines are great starting points to get ideas on the overall look you are hoping to achieve in a room. The Benjamin Moore website also showcases a lot of creative inspiration for a room with just a coat of paint. Visit for creative encouragement. What is the traffic like in the room?A room’s traffic pattern will help you narrow down a color choice as well as the finish you select. Benjamin Moore paints offer several different paint sheens so that you can choose the one that is right for you.Flat is the least reflective finish and provides excellent depth of color. It’s a great choice for hiding surface imperfections on walls.Matte is more reflective than fat and is also great for minimizing surface imperfections, while providing a durable finish.Eggshell imparts a softly polished glow and provides an easy-to-clean surface. It’s perfect for busy areas such as kitchens, dining rooms, and family rooms.Satin, or pearl, is a medium finish ideal for high-traffic areas like hallways when the full sheen of a semi-gloss in not desired.Semi-gloss creates a smooth, highly reflective finish that is durable and withstands repeated cleaning. It is used to highlight interior trim, doors, and window frames and is also popular for bathrooms.Do you have a color in mind?While you may be drawn to the hottest color you see on the runways and in fashion magazines, is it a color you can live with? Maybe you adore a beautiful tangerine orange—but an entire room? Start off by painting just one accent wall in a fun color and see how you enjoy it. Every color has many variations. If bright, sunny yellow is too much for you in the kitchen, tone it down a bit to a more subtle shade. And if you really aren’t sure about a color, try a few accent pillows, a throw rug, or curtains in your new favorite shade before committing to the shade on your walls.  And don’t forget! Paint is never permanent—it’s simple to paint over any color experiments gone bad.So don’t be afraid to try a new color. The paint experts at any of our locations will help you choose the right color for your room.