How to Choose a Wall Color (or Pick the Right Shade of Grey)

March 9, 2017

Hey guys!

I am just back from construction site – I am really excited how things are moving there and overall this project brings me lots of inspiration and enthusiasm. Today I was testing the paint that I have picked and I thought I will make a little video about how to choose a wall color.

Choosing the right shade of grey is not as easy as it might seem. To summarize here are the steps that I follow, when choosing wall paint for my interior projects.

  • Start from actual paint chips in the shop – never pick the color on computer screen
  • Buy small cans or sample cans of paint to test it
  • Don’t try they paint on the walls directly – prepare a large piece of plasterboard (at least 1 to 1 meter but not so big so you can move it around the room)
  • Apply the paint at least 2 coats and let each coat dry completely
  • Remember that on the large surfaces all paints look more intense and darker
  • Dark paints look lighter in the can and darker when they dry – vice versa with light colours
  • Check how your sample looks under different natural lighting – for example, in the morning and in the evening
  • Try to place it against different walls in the room – it will look differently under different angles
  • Prepare samples of other finishes that you have chosen already – e.g. flooring, tiles, even furniture and see how they coordinate with your paint
  • You may cut little samples of your painted plaster board to source textiles and furniture later – they will help you a lot in the shops to make the right choice.

Hope this was helpful!

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