Andrew Collins and Sons Painting Services in Langley and other parts of Fraser Valley always provides advice and consultation to their customers. Selecting a colour can be a frustrating task, and this is why we would like to share part two of this article with you.

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Since walls are large, it is difficult to make a decision from a small chip on color strips.  Color usually seems more intense on large walls than a small sample.  When in doubt, go a shade lighter.  Most paint stores offer small pint sizes of their colors available for you to try.  Once you think you have the right color, purchasing one of these is one of the best forms of insurance that will make you confident in your selection. 

DO NOT paint them directly on to your walls.  Simultaneous contrast will still influence the way it will look since it will still be surrounded by your current wall color.  Instead, invest in a 50 cent piece of large poster board.  Use the sample paint to cover every square inch (not leaving any white edges).  Then, begin to move it around the room. Place it behind your sofa. Put it flush against your trim so that you will see less of the existing paint color.  Then, keep on checking how it will appear from every angle … next to the mantel, flush against your furniture or cabinets and backsplash and right beside your artwork.  This is the best way to see how it will look as it surrounds every element in the room. Last but not least, put it on the lowest point of a wall right next to your flooring.  Now live with it for a couple of days and evaluate the color as your lighting changes.


 Color is also influenced by the flow of tones and hues throughout the rest of your home.  This is referred to as your “color story”.  Especially with open floor plans, you must consider how the color will look from every vantage point.  That includes how it appears as you travel from one room to the next.  For example, if you are painting the kitchen and can see it from the great room, it will be important to visualize how the color on those walls will appear while sitting in both areas. Walk outside of the room and view your sample from a distance.


 While you are painting, it is easy to start second guessing your choice of colors.  Don’t panic!  It is not until every inch of the current color is covered that you will have a true picture of how it will turn out.  Getting used to a new color may take a few days.  Once your furnishings and accessories are added, it will all look beautiful together. After all, you have planned it that way!

Kass Wilson is the owner of Wallstreat Studio and is a Hometalk – – writer.                                                                                Article source