Picking paint is one of the last steps to designing a room, but many homeowners find it extremely challenging. There are so many paint colors out there; it’s hard to know which one to pick! Paint plays a huge role in a home though. It can bring together a design or revitalize a room. Here are a few tips on how to pick the perfect paint colors for your custom home!


Pick Paint Last

A common mistake people make when designing a home is trying to pick paint colors first. Paint should be one of the last things chosen in a design. The reason is that there are so many options, it’s a lot easier to find one that works with the other elements rather than the other way around. Paint also has the ability to pull a design together, so it’s best to choose it last.


Test Samples

The frustrating thing about paint colors is that they can look completely different once in a space. That’s why our home builders always recommend you test paint samples in the space before committing. You can either test right on the wall, or test on a piece of white paper. By testing samples, you’ll get a good idea of how the paint will look in the room before committing.


Consider Lighting

Light plays a huge role in how the paint looks. This is a big reason why you should test samples beforehand. You should consider both artificial and natural light when picking paint colors. This also means you need to think about exposure. Different sun exposures can completely change how paint colors look. For example, northern light is cooler while western light is warmer.


Think About Sheen

Once you have a paint color in mind, don’t forget to think about the sheen. The sheen will really impact how a paint color will look in a room. A higher paint sheen will reflect more light, but show more flaws, where a lower sheen paint will hide more flaws but not bounce light around as much.


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