The importance of color swatches could probably have never been given more emphasis than in the interior decoration industry. The inside of our homes is what we see the most over and over, again and again, day in and day out. Coloring the interior right certainly sets the mood right and to avoid mistakes, swatches of different colors come in handy to interior decorators and designers.
Helpful as they might be, a swatch of color might not look exactly the same once the color is painted on an entire wall. That is because other factors such as lighting could affect the actual effect of the color in a room.
Selecting Colors Using Color Swatches
Consulting expert’s advice will help you settle on the right color. Know your home’s wall type then visit your local paint store. An expert can give you advice on the following:
- Paint to use for drywall, paneling or plaster.
- What might need added protection against moisture such as bathroom or kitchen walls.
- What could give protection against fingerprints like added sheen or gloss or the kind of polish that would enhance a color.
It could be confusing when faced with several shades of colors inside a paint store. Request for and ask if you can take home some color swatches of shades and hues of your choice. See how the shades differ in tones under different lights from bright to dim to find out which suits you best. This will help you short list your choice. Also, you can use the swatches to see which shade will work well with your home furniture or decorations.
Another tip to ensure you pick the exact right color is to get a small amount of the chosen hue. Manufacturers often offer paints in smaller quantities which you can buy if samples are not offered at the store. This is your chance to see the effect of the color on your wall by applying the color on a portion. You might want to give the color several days to see its effect on the room and on you and how it goes during different hours of the day.
Painting it Right for that Effect
With the help of color swatches, choosing the color for your interior paint comes a lot easier. But then again, you have to do give a little effort in making sure that everything goes right as you choose the final color for your home. Once you have painted, the result is what surrounds you whenever you are home and it could create a huge impact on you and your home in general.
So whether you want a shade that has a calming effect, cool, cozy or sexy, the color you choose can set this right. But to make sure that you are getting it right the first time, do it smartly with the help of color swatches to narrow down your choice and get the best idea of color combination your home interior might need.