1. Understand that the paint chips you select from the store are just the first step to selecting the right wall color for your room. They’re too small to give an accurate reading of how the color will look in your room.
2. It’s best to bring home samples of the paint chips you like best and paint them on at least three walls of your home. Two things influence paint color: the amount of natural light you have and the color of the surrounding furniture, flooring and accessories. For example, a cream wall can seem pink when combined with a red carpet.
Metamerism is a phenomenon in which colors seem to change when viewed under different light sources. Some colors are particularly prone to metamerism including tans, taupes, grays, gray-blues, mauves, lilacs and grayed yellow-greens.
3. Plan on sampling three to six colors on your wall to get a good selection but not get overwhelmed.
4. View the samples in morning, afternoon, and evening light. If you can sit with them a few days, you’ll also be able to see which color appeals to you as your mood changes.
5. Remember that although it’s an investment, paint can always be changed so paint with confidence. Until you finish painting and move your things back into the room, you really won’t know the full effect.
6. And most importantly, have fun!