Paint Made Easy

Countrywide Homes

When it comes to decorating, choosing paint colour can be daunting. Here are some tips to help you customize your home just like the pros do!

Selecting the Perfect White

Selecting a white paint can be tough. If you have never had to select a white paint before you will want to gather all of your favourite white paint chips together and look at them side by side. You’ll start to notice that one will look pinker, one will have a tinge of yellow, etc. The end goal when picking a white is to go for the most neutral one.

Picking the Perfect Bold Colour

If you are thinking about doing a feature wall, it’s best to use your main paint colour, but two shades lighter. It’s actually more appeasing to the eye, as opposed to a dark, bold colour. You will appreciate it more once it is on the walls.

Warm or Cool?

Orange, red, and pink are considered "warm" colours, while blues, greens, and violets are "cool". When choosing paint colours it's important to think about the room and how much light it will receive. If it's south-west facing it can be a "hot" room that will benefit from adding cool colours. Of course, a darker, north-facing room will benefit from warm colours, or glossier finishes that reflect light.

Be Patient

Hold off on buying until you've developed an overall room scheme. Paint is available in an infinite array of colours, and is the most versatile and inexpensive element of your room decor. Get ideas, but make the final decision after rugs, artwork and fabrics are finalized.

Coordinate Decorating Samples

Keep fabric samples, measurements and photos on you while shopping. You may find the perfect piece when you least expect it, so you need to be sure it works in your home.

Choose the Paint Finish for the Job

Consider which finish might be best. Matte or flat finishes hide wall imperfections, but glossier finishes will reflect more light and are usually washable.

Trim and Baseboards

If you prefer a modern look, a contrast between the wall paint and baseboards, such as a grey or black, will create that look. A more traditional look would be to have a white trim to compliment white walls.

Painting your Ceilings

If you want the room to appear bigger, your ceiling colour should be lighter. If you have high ceilings and you want them to appear lower then you should go 50% darker than your wall colour.

Shed a Little Light

The best way to get a true view of a paint colour is to look at it in different lights at different hours of the day. Different light makes a big difference, and the lightbulbs in your home can also affect your paint colour. They can either make the room have a cool tone or a more yellow tone. Try swapping out your bulbs to see how that changes the look of the paint colour. Benjamin Moore makes it easy to see how light will affect your paint choice with large format paint samples that you can tape to your walls.

To give you a head start here is a list of CountryWide Homes' most used Benjamin Moore colours for main floor living areas. Any one of these 3 shades is model home ready!

Beige: HC-80 Bleeker Beige

Taupe: CC-490 Stone Hearth

Grey: HC-169 Coventry Gray