Changing the color of your bedroom walls should be easy but it's not. Changing your wall color requires you to do a little "investigative research" prior to you going out & purchasing the paint. What's the big deal you say? Painting the walls is the easy part but there's a number of things you need to be aware of in order to do a "color change". Here's what you need to know:
The little paint color chip samples you are looking at, will "change color" once you apply the paint to your walls. This "color change" can be drastic depending on the color you pick out. Let me explain.
You apply paint to a wall & once it's dry, the paint has a tendency to "appear" to look "darker" than your color chip sample. It happens all the time. When the paint is dry you say something like: "what's wrong with the paint color, I didn't want to change the color of the wall this much, this color change is way too dark, what do I do now, I don't like this new color". You find your color chip sample & put it up against the wall (to show yourself that it's different) and...........the color chip sample blends right in. An illusion so to speak. Ugh! I know you don't want this happening to you!
You want to do the job one time &.....you want it to look great when it's done, just like you planned. No fuss.....no muss. You changed the wall color "just right" & you are pleased with the "color change".....what could be easier? That's what you want to say, right? Here's what you're going to do to make it happen:
Look at your little color chip samples again. Pick at least 3 color changes that you think will look good. Pick the one you think will look the best. Now, consider the "lighter" sample just next to the one you picked out. Ponder this for awhile, taking into consideration what I told you earlier about the paint drying a little darker than the sample color you have picked out. Also keep in mind how much light is in your room & remember that the dark areas will make your paint look that much darker. Talk to your paint store "associate" & get his opinion as well (for confirmation).
If you are still unsure about which paint color would be the best for your color change, pick the 2 or 3 best colors & purchase them all! Now you can take them home & apply some paint samples on the wall & pick the one you like the best. Make sure you apply 2 coats of paint before you decide which color change you like the best (this is recommended for a full body change of color).
Paint an area about 2 to 3 feet wide & from floor to ceiling (or thereabouts) for each paint color. Keep several feet apart between paint sample areas so you can distinguish which change of color looks the best. This technique also works great when you want to re-paint your entire interior of your home & not just a bedroom. You then might want to paint a wider "swath" or an entire wall to better evaluate the color change that's best for you (highly recommended).
Now you can definitely decide which color will work for you. This process takes a bit of work but it's well worth it in the end believe you me. Most people don't want to spend this extra time for their project since afterall, they know what color they want for their color change......how hard could it be to pick a color anyway? Well......you know different.
Changing your wall color can be a fun experience or your change of color can be a not so fun experience. You choose.
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