How to Choose a Paint Color Like a Pro


Everyone is aware that painting a room can be one of the cheapest and easiest ways to change a space. What’s the hardest part? The color. Romanek, who is releasing a book in October called “Livable Luxe” with a preface by Gwyneth Paley, knows that small changes in color can have a huge impact. She often favors bold, saturated colors, but even when she uses understated neutrals, she doesn’t leave anything to chance.

In her own home, she employed no fewer than 16 shades of white to create the vibe she wanted in various rooms.

“Colors affect your mood and mental health,” Ms. Romanek said. Picking the right color can be as important as choosing the right sofa. Assess the Room

Ms. Romanek suggested that you start by asking yourself a few questions. “What do I want to feel in this room?” What am I going to do with this room?

Your answer should inform your choice of color. For statement spaces such as lounges and powder bathrooms, deep greens or grays are ideal. Meanwhile, vibrant blues and pinks would be perfect for spaces that need to be lively like kitchens and dining areas. Off-whites and beiges may work well in a bedroom. The choice is yours. Romanek chose to paint the bedroom that was white with a warm tan shade. She said, “I’d like to make it a little cozier.” The paint color will do that for us.” Explore Your Options

Once your general color preference is established, begin collecting paint chips and paint decks. Tape up your chips

Tape the paint chips of the main contenders onto the wall so you can see them in place. Other companies, like Farrow & Ball, Backdrop and Clare, offer edited collections that can make the process slightly less overwhelming.

Tape Up Your Chips

Tape chips of the main contenders onto the wall, so you can see them in place.

If you’ve selected the fabrics, carpets and accessories you plan to use in the room, hold them near the paint chips, Ms. Romanek suggested, so you can see how the colors work together in the space.

From the paint chips, choose two or three favorites and buy small cans of paint for sampling.

“I like to do really large samples on the wall,” Ms. Romanek said, measuring roughly four-by-four feet each.

Choose Your Favorite

With the samples on the wall, study them at various times of day, in natural and artificial light.

But after all that work, choosing the winner should be easy.

“If you take the time to look at all of these things, you will come to a decision that you’ll most likely live with for years and years,” said Ms. Romanek, who settled on Turbinado from Clare for her bedroom.

Finish the Job

It’s finally time to buy the paint and get to work. You’re not likely to paint the walls again in a while, so you should allow enough time for the paint to dry between coats. She added that by taking your time when selecting the color, you can “really just exhale” and know that it is right.