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Color Your World: Tips for Picking the Wall Paint

All paint suppliers have their own color ranges, each consisting of hundreds of options.

Choosing the right color for your project can be a challenging task. Because there are line-ups of very similar colors.

I recommend visiting a store to pick up some color index slips and bringing them home.

A store doesn’t need to be one specified by a contractor. You can choose any color from any paint supplier. As long as you have the color code, you can select any color you like from any supplier.

For instance, if there's a Sherwin-Williams near your house, you can pick a color and provide the details to your contractor. The contractor can then visit Benjamin Moore, where they can replicate the exact same color with the color code.

Additionally, Color index slips are so small that it's hard to imagine how the color will actually look. All suppliers can provide samples in small jars. Get a few different colors for comparison. Bring them home and try them out on your walls.

How to choose Sheen?

Eggshell finish is commonly used for walls due to its ease of cleaning. For doors, casings, trims, and baseboards, Semi-Gloss is the preferred finish. These areas are considered high-traffic zones where people frequently touch, making them prone to accumulating dust. The glossier the finish, the easier it is to clean.

However, there are other sheens I personally recommend, such as Sherwin-Williams' Velvet and Benjamin Moore's Low-Sheen. These are less glossy than Eggshell but still offer good cleaning performance.

Some clients dislike the gloss finish and opt for a Flat finish instead. If you agree with this preference, it would be wise to choose a higher-quality product, which might cost more than the standard options.

The Hidden Risks of Choosing White Paint

If you have a substantial budget, choosing white won't be a problem. However, if you aim to keep costs as low as possible, it's advisable to avoid white, especially depending on the original wall color.

I believe most painters include two coats of paint in their estimates. However, if the original color is dark and you wish to paint it white, this can lead to increased costs.

I have experienced applying five coats of paint to sufficiently cover the original dark wall color. I recommend choosing a color similar to the original if you want to reduce costs.

Please refer to the image below. I applied four coats of paint.

You must expect it to be more expensive than anticipated, depending on the color you choose.

I hope this will help you in choosing the right colors.


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