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How to Choose a Paint Color

How to Choose a Paint Color

By Sherwin-Williams
Photographs courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

With the vast array of color choices available today, it can be hard to know where to begin. And if you're like many homeowners, you want to make sure you're not only choosing the right colors, but also colors that will coordinate from room-to-room, or from interior to exterior. The good news is that there are many easy resources available to help you create your personal palette with confidence.

Think of a favorite rug or fabric you own. Often these objects are your favorites because they feature all the colors you like. Use the combinations as a guide to choosing color for your walls. 

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For inspiration, use Snap It. Instantly turn any online image into a color palette from more than 1,500 Sherwin-Williams paint colors – even your own desktop images can be uploaded to help you find your perfect palette.

Consider these ideas to transform your home:

For a smooth transition between spaces, try choosing a color for one room and paint the adjacent space two shades away, lighter or darker, using tones from the same color chip.

Wake up beige. Adding shades of the same color creates depth and interest. Paint the area below the chair rail a deeper shade of the existing wall. Choose textured curtains from the same color family.

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Create color flow throughout your home. Use one of the coordinated designer-inspired color collections from HGTV HOME™ by Sherwin-Williams. Each collection highlights colors that are designed to work beautifully together in any one room or room-to-room.

It doesn't take much color to punch up a space. Create a feature wall with a contrasting or complementary color. A nook, window bay or the wall behind your headboard can be great candidates for feature walls.

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Use ColorSnap® Visualizer for WebMobile, or iPad to capture colors from your surroundings and match them to Sherwin-Williams paint colors. Explore over 1,500 colors to get inspiration from a photo. Virtually paint your rooms with ColorSnap® Visualizer for Web and iPad.

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