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How To: Pick the Perfect Paint

By Cyd Converse |

How to pick the perfect paint color from

It’s confession time, friends! I’m a bit of a paint junkie. I spend far more time thinking about, selecting and analyzing paint colors than any one person should. I’ve painted every apartment or house I’ve ever rented or owned and in that time I’ve amassed a big collection of favorite go-to paint colors. So today I’m going to break it down for you and share a handful of (nearly) fail-proof colors to help you get started if you’re one of those folks who finds yourself completely daunted by the task of choosing paint colors. (And trust me, you’re not alone — most people are!) First up, a few general rules of thumb…

1. Just go for it! In the grand scheme of things, paint is the cheapest way to instantly change your space. If the color isn’t perfect, you can always start over.

2. For walls, I always suggest an eggshell finish paint for most rooms. The exception would be the bathroom where a satin finish will be a bit more durable to steam and water. For trim and doors, always go with semi-gloss as it will make it much easier to clean.

3. I personally love Benjamin Moore, Olympic’s no-VOC paint, and Behr Premium Plus. When it comes to paint, quality definitely helps ensure it goes on quicker, easier and covers nicely so you aren’t spending your whole weekend painting.

4. With brighter colors (like blue, red, green, yellow, etc.) consider going a shade or two lighter on the strip. Colors look much more saturated and crayon-like on the walls than they do on that tiny strip. If you love a color but don’t want a huge blast of it in your face, consider choosing a similar shade with a more muted, gray undertone.

5. I never paint test swatches. I just bring home strips, compare, compare, compare and go for it. (And I’ve only ever screwed up once, knock on wood!) That said, many brands offer sample containers of various colors so you can paint a chunk of a wall, study it and then commit to your favorite without fear.

And now, onto the good stuff – here are some of my favorite paint colors to get you started!

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How to Pick Paint Colors


If you're into light-colored walls, skip the off-white and go with a bright, fresh, clean white. It is much more pleasing to the eye than most off-white shades. Bonus -- white walls are very fashionable!
My picks: Benjamin Moore's Decorators White or Cloud White, Glidden's Dove White or Behr's Cascade White.
Photo from Mrs. Howard Personal Shopper.

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About Cyd Converse


Cyd Converse

Cyd Converse is a blogger, designer and stylist with a passion for parties and entertaining. She is the founder of The Sweetest Occasion, a blog where she shares inspiration for entertaining, DIY ideas, fashion finds, home decor and pretty party wares. Read bio and latest posts → Read Cyd's latest posts →

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