Choose the Right Paint For Any Room SeattleHow to Choose the Right Color for Your Room

Remember Robin Daly? She helped us paint a front door last summer and the end result was spectacular. She’s back this spring to help us bring some new life to an old space. Robin is a third-generation employee (and the owner) of Daly's Paint and Decorating. She's a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things paint related.

Color Trends 2016

There’s been a huge movement towards lighter colors. There are several reasons for this: Traditionally, lighter colors make rooms feel bigger. Lately, the world can feel like a pretty dark place at times and people want their homes to be a place to escape and find refuge, where they can go and feel restored. So, we see a movement towards lighter, brighter, refreshing colors.

Honor the History of Your Home

As you choose the colors for your home, it’s important to honor the history and feeling of your home. What’s it saying to you? The room we’re painting is saying, “I want to lighten up!” It’s also part of an historic 1900s complex, and we want to honor the history. This affects what sort of white we’ll choose; a more classic one fits the feeling of this building.

Choosing a Color

We’re choosing a white color. Surprisingly there’s a lot of options, we’re actually choosing an un-color. When brightening a room you want to steer clear from the bright whites as they tend to make a room feel icy, cold, and clinical. We chose a un-color called Vintage Linen.

Here are several ways to test out your color.

choosing a paint color for room

Use a Fan Deck

First, let’s go over how to properly use a fan deck:

  1. Hold the color up against the wall
  2. Isolate it from the other colors
  3. Compare the color to the trim. Don't compare the new color to the existing color of the wall.

fan deck for paintingHow does your color react to light?

Next, you’ll want to see how your color reacts to light. There are three places to test your color. Look at your paint color in multiple light sources.

  1. Window wall (the window wall is actually the darkest wall)
  2. Opposite window wall (washed with light)
  3. Corner (a corner will magnify or multiply your color

Stay tuned for part two: we’ll cover how to paint your room next time!