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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Picking Paint Colors - Part Three

It can be tricky to get your ceiling to appear to be the same color as your walls. This is because the ceiling is usually seen in shadow, so it appears to be darker. If you want your ceiling to be the same color as your walls, buy a paint color that is one or two shades lighter than your walls. Alternatively, you can mix 75% white paint 25% of your paint color. Ceilings usually look best painted light colors or often white.

When you believe you have selected a color it is easy to buy a pint of that color to test it out. Paint two coats on a section of your wall, then observe the color for a couple of days. This way you can see how the color looks at different times of the day. You can also get a good idea about how well the color will match the rest of your decor. If you have a few favorite colors you can easily test them all on different parts of your wall to see which looks the best.
When testing paint on your walls look out for factors that will make your test inaccurate. For example, if you are thinking of painting your wall tan, and the room is currently red, the red will reflect on the tan sample area and change its color. Brightly colored curtains can also reflect onto your paint sample and change the color.

Once you have painted your walls the color you selected, don't be alarmed if it takes you a few days to get used to it. Even if you decide you do not like it, repainting is cheap and easy.

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