How To Pick Paint Colors {where to begin?}

{original image found HERE}

When people come into our home for the first time one of the most common questions is how did we pick all the paint colors.

I have always found picking paint colors fun and had never really thought about it.

{original image from the living room of Jennifer Rizzo}

I go to the paint store and grab a gazillion paint cards.

I come home and lay them all out and start creating my color palette.

Then I go back to the paint store with all the colors I want samples of.

I never, never, never buy a gallon of paint without sampling it on my walls first.

With my wall full of samples I live with it for a few weeks.

{original image is from on of my paintings}

Colors will look never look like they do on the color swatch and your light/exposure etc. will change how the paint looks in your home.

What works for a friend in her home may not work for you.

{original image is a photo of our window seat area}

It is worth the extra time and just a little bit of money to put samples on the wall and BE PATIENT.

You have waited this long to paint…what is the big deal to wait another few days?!

When I was putting together Creatively Made Home I put together a little video about how picking paint colors is now so much easier because of technology.

I know there are lots of different sites that can help you but I really like the Sherwin Williams Chip-It site.

{original image is one of my paintings}

You can upload any photo and they will give you a complete color scheme based upon the image.

{original image is the kitchen photo from Kimberly Taylor}

For everyone that is afraid to pick out paint colors I think this is amazing and easy.

{original image is master bedroom photo from Jennifer Rizzo}

Think of the possibilities!

You can now see a room that you love off of Pinterest, download that photo and the Chip-It site will give you a whole palette from the image.

{original image is a photo from Kimberly Taylor}

What I love about it is that I can even use the color combos in my art etc.

{original image is a photo of the nursery from Sara Duckett}

If you make jewelry, scrapbook pages, mixed media etc. you can come up with beautiful color schemes with tools like this.

{original image from Tracey Leber}

Are you afraid to pick out paint colors?

{original image is a photo from our master bedroom}

Have you used the Chip-It site or something similar?


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  1. Alicia @ La Famille

    that chip-it site is amaaaazing! i love picking out paint colors. i ususally sample the color like you’re saying too. LOVE your color combos here. serious love goin’ on.

    1. jeanne Author

      Isn’t it fun?! I am excited we are finishing our basement because I will have more rooms to decorate:-)

  2. Pamela

    i love paint chips! in our last house we were always painting and repainting. not so much now in a rental 🙂 and after seeing your sale i went to your shop and so sad to see the camera bag sold! i’ll have to wait for spring! i would have loved that camera bag this past weekend in london.. xoxo

    1. jeanne Author

      The bedding is Carolyn Westbrook and the accent pillow is Restoration Hardware. The window seat pillows are from: French Larkspur, A Beautiful Life and Etsy (the Etsy shop is no longer in business…at least I couldn’t find her for the name).

  3. Dana @ Cooking at Cafe D

    I can’t thank you enough for this post.

    I ended up on the Sherwin-Williams site and FINALLY FOUND a template of the colors I’ve been looking for. It’s the Rustic Refined Collection.

    It’s a blend of colors, but not too “rainbow-y” – gentle – calming – perfect for our family.
    At least it’s perfect for me.
    And, a gentle, calming…me…is perfect for my family 🙂

    Thanks again!

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