How do I select the right color for my walls?

There is no right or wrong color, but here are some simple tips:

  • Take your furniture and window treatments into consideration. There's nothing like spending all of that time, effort and money on painting a room only to realize that it doesn't match the tone of the rest of the room.
  • Collect pictures from magazines and the internet. When you decide to paint a room, don't jump right in. Start to look through other people's choices until you find a combination you think will complement your own style and furnishings.
  • Use color cards. Take a trip to your local Westlake and grab some color cards that you like. Take them home and put them next to your couch, your bedspread, your curtains or anything that will start to give you an idea of what matches and what doesn't. Reminder: color on a wall is usually a lot more powerful than on the color card. It's not a bad idea to go a shade or two lighter than the color you like on a card.
  • Pick the right white. Not all whites are actually white. True white is a very harsh color in most rooms. It's simply too bright and sterile. Most whites have a hint of tan, pink or blue. Those are usually better for most homes than true white.
  • Know what colors can do for a room. If you want to warm up a room, try shades of reds, oranges or yellows. If you want to cool a room, go with blues, greens and grays.
  • Test before you paint. Buy a small amount of paint in the complementary colors you like (one for trim, one for the walls). Paint a board with each shade of paint beside the other to see how they look together. You can also use a small section of wall in the actual room you'll be painting. This may help you visualize the color scheme in context a little better than a painted board.
  • Test again. Try a couple of different colors. Try dozens more if you need. By buying small amounts of paint and testing them, you could save yourself the time and money of painting a room, not liking the results and painting again.

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Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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