So by now, you should know how you want the room to feel and what side of the house it is on. Now let’s pull everything together.
Hopefully, if you have been keeping notes, you might have something written down that look like this:
Re-painting living room: & wanting a modern country feeling that is warm and inviting and homely. The room faces Southwest, so the room will receive natural light for most of the day but gets brighter and warmer in the evenings.
So I would be looking for a warm neutral, that has a cool undertone rather than a yellowy one. Think off whites, rather than beige.
Errrrr what! I hear you say.
Don’t panic this is where you can start to browse the many paint companies available and their websites. Nowadays most popular paint companies have amazing and very comprehensive blogs, visual aids, tools and great descriptions for their paints. So with the information, you have already narrowed down, along with your ideas you can easily find the right colour. Or at worst narrow it down to just a few choices.
For example, if I had decided I would like an off- white that is warm. I could go straight to their whites and read the descriptions. Or sometimes you could type ‘warm white’ in their search and it would come up with any blog, reference, marketing and paint colour that is considered a ‘warm white’ – perfect!
It sure beats just grabbing a white off the shelf because it looks great on the tin, only to find it’s too yellow. Or worse still spend the whole weekend purchasing samples and being no closer to finding the right one come Sunday!