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How to Select a Paint Color Palette
Jodi Messa - Fairplay, CO

Hardwarian Jodi Messa

South Park True Value

Fairplay, CO

How to Select a Paint Color Palette

Level: Beginner

Selecting a color palette for your rooms can seem daunting because there are so many paint colors from which to choose. And there’s the fact that some colors work well together while others do not. So how do you know how to select an attractive and cohesive paint color palette?

Start here. Explore your True Value® paint color options, learn what makes colors work together and get inspired by current trends as well as your imagination.

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    • Understand Color
       

      To know what colors work well together, you must first understand what color is and how it works. Start by checking out our Color 101 primer to learn the basics of color, color terminology and how the color wheel works, as well as the psychology of color.

      The color of your rooms’ walls and ceiling can drastically change its atmosphere. Dark colors can make spaces feel smaller or cozy, while light colors can make rooms feel larger and more open. In addition, the light in the room can radically affect how paint color appears. See the paint project “How Light Affects Paint Color” for more information.

      When choosing colors, keep in mind three features of color: hue, intensity and value. A color’s hue is the name we use to identify it — such as “red.” A color’s intensity describes how saturated it is — how “blue” it is, for example. A color’s value is a measure of its lightness or darkness.

      Your palette should consist of three colors: a light, medium and dark color. These three colors will form the foundation of your project. Lighter colors should be used as a background. Floor color should be a bit darker than the walls and ceiling to help ground the room.

      If you need more hands-on expertise, visit your local True Value hardware store and speak to a Hardwarian.

    • Explore Paint Colors
       

      Visit our Color Gallery and browse through the more than 2,000 paint colors available in the EasyCare® and WeatherAll® product lines to help you select your palette. Discover what’s hot by checking out the Color of the Month, which features a new color each month to help you get inspired and stay current with contemporary color and design trends.

      Take our Mood Quiz to discover potential color palettes that suit your personal style and your vision for the room. You can use your quiz results to experiment with the True Value interactive Mood Room Color Visualizer. The visualizer allows you to change paint and furniture colors and color palettes to help you achieve your vision for your rooms. The mood room has six moods for you to preview, so you can understand how colors will look together before you paint.

      Use existing colors in your rooms for ideas. Use artwork, a rug or the fabric on a favorite chair as your inspiration. Use these colors to determine the color palette from which you will work. Your palette should complement what’s already in your home, if you are not planning to purchase new furniture and fabrics.

      Find color inspiration by perusing Designer Cards, Idea Cards, Lifestyle Cards and Whole Home Cards for great color palette ideas. Designer Cards, for example, feature curated color palettes in sun and shade colors to inspire great paint color ideas. Lifestyle Cards offer color palette collections by room type, activity and by emotion or “feel.”

    • Choose a Paint Color Scheme
       

      There are three basic types of color schemes. Learn what each type is and how they work.

      Monochromatic
      Monochromatic color schemes use tints and shades of the same color to create a sophisticated and elegant look. Colors from the same color family tend to look great together. For a calm, quiet room, select a neutral color and apply different shades or values to various elements of the room.

      Analogous
      Developed from colors next to each other on the color wheel, analogous home color schemes offer more nuances while retaining the elegance of the monochromatic scheme. Usually, one color is dominant while others are used to enrich the effect.

      For a relaxing effect, select a color scheme for your home composed of related colors: greens and blues or rose and peach are two examples.

      Complementary
      Complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel, and at first glance may appear to clash. These types of home color schemes add drama to any room. Complementary colors enhance the temperature of each other, which adds interest and energy to the décor.

    • Start Painting
       

      Now that you've done your homework, it's time to pop open some paint and get started. Remember, there's a bit of prep work to do. You need to make sure the surfaces are ready for paint and you should consider priming the wall before applying paint. For an in-depth "how-to" about painting a room, check out our Paint a Room project.

      Congrats! You’ve passed this introductory lesson on how to select a color palette.

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    Then, print or save your updated list and bring it to your local True Value hardware store, where an expert Hardwarian will give you the remaining tools and expert advice you need to complete this project.

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