Paint Matching: How to Select Interior Paint Colors

calander Mar 11 , 2022 user-icon Nash Painting

Choosing paint colors can be the most challenging part of any painting project. If you rush this step, you risk winding up with results that don’t suit your long-term needs. These difficulties don’t just apply when selecting new paint colors, either – finding the perfect color match for a particular surface when performing touch-ups can present problems, too. Fortunately, there are a number of tools, techniques, and services available to ease the burden of paint matching and color selection. Whether you’re trying to perfectly match or complement existing colors in your home, here’s how to select interior paint colors the right way.

How to Select an Interior Paint Color

Consider Contrast and Lighting

Looks can be deceiving. The very same color can look quite different under different types of lighting. Moreover, a color can take on a different quality when placed next to other colors. Whenever selecting interior house paint, make sure to always keep lighting and contrast in mind – what works on paper or in your mind might not work in context, and some experimentation might be required to find the perfect palette for your desired interior atmosphere.

Stay Hip to Modern Interior Painting Trends

When we talk about matching paint colors, we’re often referring to finding identical colors and finishes to keep a surface consistent during touch-ups. That said, many property owners will also want to match their paint color decisions with current trends to stay modern. In this way, paint matching can also refer to mimicking the most popular color choices of the day. In order to do this, you must keep your finger on the pulse of design trends. If you don’t have the time or patience to become a color connoisseur, you can rely on painting professionals to do the heavy lifting for you – after all, they have an intimate understanding of which colors are “in” at the moment.

Don’t Throw Away Leftover Paint

Holding onto your leftover paint is one of the most important rules of proper paint matching. There’s not a more cost-effective or surefire way to match paint colors inside your home than by using the exact same paint product on a given surface when a fresh coat is called for. Of course, proper paint storage is key, otherwise your old products might expire well before their time. Read our blog, “The Best Way to Store Your Paint and Tools” for more detailed advice on this subject.

Use Modern Technology

Augmented reality (AR) technology has made paint matching and color selection easier than ever before. Web-based apps by major paint manufacturers and retailers (e.g., BEHR, Sherwin-Williams, Home Depot, etc.) allow you to upload photos of your interior spaces and virtually paint your surfaces to see what works and what doesn’t. These apps can also find the closest colors that match the colors present in your uploaded pictures and recommend optimal accent colors. Using any of these apps can save you significant time and energy experimenting with interior colors and palettes.

Take a Sample to Your Local Paint Store

If you’re not tech-savvy or simply prefer the older way of doing things, you can also seek color matching services at your local paint or hardware store. Bring some high-quality pictures of your surfaces (in good lighting) and/or a sample (i.e., a small cut piece of painted drywall) with you. From there, a staff member will analyze the color(s) in question via spectrophotometer and find the best match possible for you.

Seek a Professional Color Consultation

With so many methods for color matching and selection, you might feel overwhelmed and decide you’d rather have professionals take care of it for you. In that case, your best bet might be to hire professionals that offer color consultation services. Some interior painting services like Nash Painting offer consultations in-house, while others can refer you to some reliable external consultants. Our team will find or blend the perfect hues to realize your vision for any room. We’ve provided our color selection and painting services for countless homeowners and business owners across Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!