Constance Answers Your Top 10 Color Dilemma Questions

Constance Ramos, host of Color Correction, takes a look at the top 10 common color dilemmas from users and provides simple tips for designing a beautiful space without creating a color disaster.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionWhile you may be excited to start a color project, the display at a paint store may be a little over-stimulating at first.

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Question Nine: I picked my color from a paint chip, and now it doesn't look the same on the walls. What should I do?

It's a very common occurrence to paint your walls and realize the color isn't anything like the one you had imagined from the paint chip. Here are some tried and true ways to make sure you get exactly the paint color you want.

1. Wow. That's a lot of paint.
First of all, realize the exhilarating display of color at the paint chip area is designed to get you excited about a new paint project. Take a deep breath, count to 10 and calmly proceed to select your paint.

2. Colors react with each other.
Colors create visual relationships, and your eye will pick up on that. The blue you see on the wall of paint chips may be reacting off of another color that's close by and look very different on its own. Pick out your favorites, and then walk away from the display area to examine them more closely.

3. Try it in a different light.
While you're still at the paint store, try the color chips in as many different light settings that you can find.

4. Take a small sample home, first.
Many paint companies sell small paint samples, two or three ounces of color, you can take home and try first. Ask your paint store employee if there are any of these samples in the shade you want.

5. Paint a large rectangle of color for comparison.
With your small paint sample, paint a large rectangle of each color you're considering on the desired wall. You'll be able to see and compare how the colors react to the light in the room and to the room itself, as well as decide which color suits you best. If you don't want to paint directly on the wall, use 24x30 foam core boards, which can act as very large paint chips. Since the boards are moveable, you can check the color reaction to light and furnishings around the room.

6. Live with the color for a little while.
Give yourself some time with your new color. Note how different lighting schemes, from morning to night, affect the color. A new color can sometimes make a dramatic change because of our own, personal response to color.