LRV, UNDERTONES, KELVINS & MORE: CHOOSING PAINT COLORS THAT WORK
LRV, undertones, exposures, personal tastes – there’s a lot to consider when choosing paint colours. And while this blog post touches briefly on these topics, and more, you’ll find tons of helpful links to full-bodied articles (you know the Ginger LOVES to talk).
So whether you’re just beginning your paint color journey or are neck-deep in samples, let’s get this color party STARTED!
BLOG POST #1 WHAT MATTERS THE MOST WHEN CHOOSING PAINT COLORS?
Aside from sampling properly and choosing the right finishes for your walls, there are a few important things to consider when choosing a paint color – your interior finishes. That’s right, if your paint colors don’t suit the room they’re in, your home won’t look its best.
Remember, if your interior finishes aren’t well-coordinated, there might not be ONE color that makes them all 100% happy – it’s often about finding the next best thing!
BLOG POST #2 THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CHOOSING PAINT COLORS WITH LRV
LRV refers to how light or dark a paint color is on a scale of 0-100. EVERY paint color has this magical number (you just need to find it). Once you learn the basics of LRV, your paint-pickin’ life will be SO MUCH EASIER!
It’s about a 10 min read and worth EVERY hot lil’ minute…
BLOG POST #3 HOW DOES NATURAL LIGHT (EXPOSURE) AFFECT PAINT COLORS?
Natural light can have LESS of an impact on interior walls compared to the exterior, but there are still some BIG considerations when it comes to which direction your room gets its natural light from.
The level of impact natural light has on your room can depend on…
- the size of your windows (a small window lets in less light OR you might have a BIG window that faces south and a SMALL window that faces north – the south-facing light has more impact)
- landscaping, i.e. a wall of trees filtering the natural light or tall shrubs outside the window
- a tall fence, overhang or otherwise blocking some of the natural light from coming through the window
- your region, i.e. some areas receive a lot of rain/clouds
To learn more about how exposures can affect paint colors, check out…
BLOG POST #4 THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PAINT COLORS & UNDERTONES
A paint color’s undertones are one of its most IMPORTANT details! What undertones does gray have? How about cream and beige? And did you know that even BLUE and GREEN have undertones?
If your paint samples aren’t quite connecting with your interior finishes, learning about undertones could be a great tool in your search for your room’s best paint color.
BLOG POST #5 HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT LIGHT BULBS FOR YOUR PAINT COLOR
Did you know that the KELVINS of your light bulb will affect how your paint color looks? If you aren’t loving how your samples look or are WONDERING why they don’t like like they should, it could be your lighting…
BLOG POST #6 SHOULD YOU USE PAINT SAMPLE POTS OR SAMPLIZE PEEL & STICK?
While there is a small space reserved for sample pots (which I’ll touch on shortly), SAMPLIZE PEEL & STICK are hands-down, the best way to sample paint colors.
- SAMPLIZE uses paint from the actual brands to make their samples.
- SAMPLIZE is less expensive and QUICKER than paint pots. No more running to the store to grab pots, sample boards, and brushes – Samplize delivers to your FRONT DOOR (usually by the next day).
- Peel & stick paint samples make it easy to see what a color will look like on your walls; flexing with rounded corners and adjusting to your wall’s texture – and you can move them around!
Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE
WHEN ARE SAMPLE POTS A GOOD IDEA?
Sometimes a paint color needs to be made a bit lighter or darker. In this case, I would get a QUART of paint made in the exact line of paint/finish that you plan on using and ask the employee to lighten/darken it as needed.
Want to learn more about lightening and darkening paint colors? Read this…
AND REMEMBER, I have an awesome SEARCH area on the right-hand side of my blog that can take you to ANY of the main keywords you punch in, i.e. gray/greige/cream/beige, as well as most of today’s most POPULAR paint colors (i.e. Revere Pewter, Repose Gray, etc…).
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