HOW TO SELECT A BOLD PAINT COLOR

DSC_6876I have never (and I mean never) been into an accent wall.  I’m not giving advice here, so who knows,  maybe accent walls are all the rage.  Or maybe I watched too much Trading Spaces in college, where I swear every episode included an accent wall.

Regardless, paint color makes a huge a difference.

And that’s the topic up for discussion today as I keep my promise for a non crafty DIY column! We invited Hilary from Our Style Stories over to guide us through choosing a bold paint color, which can be tricky if you’re not working with a designer or haven’t committed to an overall vision for your space.

Hilary’s very thoughtful steps will help you better understand your aesthetic and make a great color selection.  You’ll be headed to Home Depot before you know it.  Enjoy!

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1.  Start with the pieces you already have.

In our case, we had an antique brass bed that was naturally going to be the centerpiece of the room. Since we were working with a bold piece of furniture to begin with, I decided to select a bold paint color to match it’s visual weight.

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2.  Reference your color wheel.

Brass is essentially yellow on the color wheel, so I looked to it’s complementary color blue (on the opposite side of the wheel) for further inspiration. From there, I pulled a handful of paint decks from my local paint store and explored variations of the color blue.

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3.  Determine your comfort level with saturation.

My comfort level is quite high so I went with a deeply saturated hue, knowing that I wouldn’t get tired of it. If you tend to like less saturated hues, consider variations of your color that are slightly muted or perhaps neutrals that only have a hint of your color in them.

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4.  Narrow down and experiment!

Once I narrowed my color choices down to five or less, I purchased paint samples of each color and painted test squares throughout the room. It took several days of “living” with the colors and looking at them in various times of the day before I made my final decision. Once that was done, I didn’t look back.

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5.  Finally, choose mid-tones, low-tones and high-tones when styling the space.

I chose a dark, low-tone wall color, accessorized with warm mid-tones in gold and amber, and finished with bright white high tones on our bedding. By keeping these three things in mind, your space will feel balanced and well-rounded.

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Holy cow and thank you, Hilary – these are expert tips and your note on comfort level is especially important.  Finally, kind readers, are you hankering to go bold in your bedroom?  With the wall color I mean?!  Then let’s hear it!


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  • Love this color blue you went with, especially paired with that brass bed frame. xx!

    • Candice Boehm

      Thanks so much Caitlin- I agree but had never thought of it before! Rich, gem colors plus a metal are definitely a match.