How To Choose a Color

How To Choose a Color

Color. It’s one of the most exciting parts of a painting project, but with so many options, where should you start? Lucky for you, we know a thing or two about paint colors, and we’ve got an expert guide on how to find your perfect color.

Explore Color Families

Valspar has a number of ways to start your paint color search. One way to start is by choosing a color family. Maybe you know you want a blue bedroom or a yellow kitchen, but haven’t picked a specific shade yet – that’s where the Explore Colors page can help.

Collect Photos

It’s also a good idea to browse photos and room shots of interior and exterior spaces. Many people use Pinterest to collect their inspiration – and if you do, you can connect your account to our Pinterest Color Analyzer. It’ll scan photos you’ve pinned and match colors to Valspar color palettes.

Visualize Your Colors

Even with the right inspiration, it can be a challenge to visualize what a color might be like in your space. Luckily, we’ve got a tool that helps you do just that. The Lowe’s Color Visualizer allows you to paint a number of virtual rooms with Valspar paint colors. It’s a risk-free way to get comfortable with any color.

Consult the Experts

Finally, you can virtually Connect with a Color Expert to get free personalized advice, and even order free paint chips straight to your door. One of our experts will go through the details of your space with you, so you’ll have all the advice you need to make a great choice.

Tips for Interiors

  • Keep in mind any “fixed” items in the room, such as carpet, curtains and light fixtures. Make sure the colors you choose will complement these features – and doing so will give your space a cohesive look.
  • It’s good to know the visual effects that certain colors might have:
    • Lighter colors give small rooms the appearance of spaciousness, while dark colors visually “shrink” large rooms.
    • Bright, warm colors – such as reds, oranges and yellows – bring light and warmth to rooms without much natural light. On the flip side, cool colors like blues and greens can tone down bright rooms.
    • Monochromatic color schemes – where two or more colors of varying lightness and darkness are chosen from the same color family – offer balance and a soothing experience for the eyes.

Tips for Exteriors

  • Your neighborhood can be a great place to look for ideas. Pay extra attention to houses that are similar to yours. You’ll see what others have done with similar architecture styles or building materials.
  • Your front door and/or garage door can be great opportunities to make a color statement.
  • Try to use color to emphasize architectural details.