Updated: Sep 11, 2018
Ofcourse we're always super excited when we get to share our latest projects with our followers and we must say the one thing we noticed is that everyone is always asking "what paint color is that on the wall" ? LOL. Welp, I think it's time we discuss how you can choose your ideal color for your home and how you can find out what color(s) we used in our latest IG post.
“& word on the street is that many of you (my fabulous readers) are stumped when it comes to picking color for your home. In fact, recently I asked each one of you what your biggest struggles are when it comes to decorating your home, and I would say about 70% of you mentioned color. So I’m here to help!”
What would AA Do!?
Can I get, WHAT IS A NEUTRAL COLOR for $500?
If you're the type who wants their walls to be a backdrop rather than a focal point, then you definitely want to go with neutrals. But all those beige, gray, brown and white swatches have a tendency to blend.
We’ve all been there. You pick paint for your home only to find that once you get it on the wall it’s not what you had in mind. -Ugh! It is too green when we wanted grey, or too grey when we wanted tan.
Where did we go wrong? Isn’t a neutral a neutral?
The problem is that when we’re looking at these really light shades on the paint swatch, it’s super difficult to tell what the undertones of the color are. Usually we don’t see it until it’s all over our walls, we’ve already spent hours or paid someone to paint, and have to either start all over again, or live with it. -Double Ugh!
TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT NEUTRAL PAINT COLOR FOR YOUR HOME, YOU MUST LOOK AT THE UNDERTONE.
First things first. Neutral does not mean grey, white, or brown. In home decor, neutral means light to medium colors that work nicely with other colors.
That means that most neutrals have different colored undertones like grey, blue, yellow, brown, and green. This is why you have to be careful. The last thing you want to choose if you dislike the color green is a neutral with a green undertone.
Undertones are sneaky, but I’ll explain how to see the undertone clearly in even the lightest shades.That said, neutrals can be cool (have blue or green undertones) or they can be warm (have brown, red, orange, or yellow undertones.)
THE FIRST THING YOU WILL WANT TO DECIDED IS IF YOU WANT A COOL OR A WARM NEUTRAL.
I myself am a cool color person. My entire house has blues and greys with very few warm colors. So naturally when choosing a greige for my walls, I went with something with a lot of grey in it, but enough brown to give it some warmth. I guess you could call it a perfect greige.
But if say you decorate with a lot of red and wood tones, you would probably go in the direction of a warm neutral.
You with me?
SO HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE UNDERTONE OF A COLOR IS WHEN YOU’RE CHOOSING A LIGHT SHADE OF PAINT?
You always look at the darkest shade on the paint swatch. It’s where the color is the most obvious and it will tell you what undertones are going to show up, even in the lightest shades.
Let’s look at some examples:
Take your hand and cover the small color tiles at the bottom of the photo so you just see the 3 large color tiles. They’re all pretty similar.
If I asked you which one was the most true grey you could probably spot it pretty quickly right? (Passive Grey) But if I asked you which one was the most green you wouldn’t be able to answer as quickly.
Now take your hand down and look at the tiles along the bottom. This is similar to what you see on a color strip in a paint store.
HERE ARE 12 NEUTRAL PAINT COLORS TO GET YOU STARTED!
TIP: If you’re painting a large open living space sometimes it is a good idea to choose a color and then paint one room one or two shades lighter or darker to give some contrast when looking into the room from another room!
As of lately, I have to admit that I have been into the warm Neutrals because it compliments the trendy wood finishes in a lot of these new constructions and my Absolute favorite neutral colors by behr would have to be "Nightingale Gray" I have used that color in 90% of my projects. In the future if you happen to see a new project come across your timeline you can always bet that the name of the paint used will be listed in the #hashtag right after the #brand. Hopefully this helps give you a starting point and the confidence to choose paint that you will love. Thanks for stopping by our very first Blog post!