Paint companies stock stores with color cards and brochures to provide ideas for upcoming projects. Those are not the only sources of inspiration, though. You can turn to social media, furniture catalogs, and tools on paint company websites. Here's where to look.
Find Paint Color Inspiration on Social Media: Pinterest and Houzz
A variety of users share paint color ideas on Pinterest, including the companies themselves, interior designers, home décor magazine publishers and fellow homeowners. Let’s look at a few recent eye-catching pins:
No-Fail Neutrals-This pin of a page from Better Homes & Gardens puts Glidden's Dusty Miller, Benjamin Moore's Waterbury Cream, Sherwin-Williams' Svelte Sage, Valspar's Notre Dame and Dutch Boy's Sandy Oasis against the backdrop of a cutting board, with other kitchen items providing context, to show viewers what these neutral shades look like in a kitchen setting.
Riverdale 1-This submission to Houzz by Barbara Purdy Design shows an expert take on the master bedroom. The "Questions" feature allows users to ask the submitter for specifics if not already provided, such as the name of the paint color and where she found various décor pieces. While magazines and paint companies create beautiful rooms featuring a variety of products, looking at images from design companies online often results in more accessible items. The bedding in this room, for example, is from West Elm!
For best results when using Pinterest and Houzz, search by the room you plan to paint, such as "kitchen paint colors" or "bedroom paint colors" to narrow your results.
Look at Furniture Store Catalogs: Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel
Do you get your furniture from one particular store or type of store, such as Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel? If so, then sign up for their catalogs. That way, you get paint color inspiration that already matches your taste delivered right to your mailbox. If you take a more eco-friendly approach to shopping, most furniture stores also offer their catalogs online so that you may browse virtually and save trees.
The stores show their products in room settings, allowing you to see the choices they made in terms of paint colors and décor. Simply take a page into your local paint store or match online to make the inspiration a reality. And with stores such as Pottery Barn, you can get an exact match as the company sells a line of paint through Sherwin-Williams. On its website, it showsimages from its catalog with paint colors noted as well as advice on how to match the right paint color to your particular room.
Use Online Color Selection Tools
Each of the leading paint companies has an online color selection tool. Sherwin-Williams, Behr, and Benjamin Moore all offer an app and desktop tool that allows you to take match an inspirational photo-for example, the color of wildflowers you wish to recreate on the walls of a room-to a paint color.
To learn about the features in each of these online color selection tools and which operating systems they work with, check out our Color Visualizers | Useful Online Tolls & Apps for Paint Color Selection article.
And as with any paint color selection, be sure to sample chosen colors in your home before committing with a full paint job. You will want to see how the lighting in your home affects the colors. After all, you will not have the professional, perfect lighting used to capture colors in paint company brochures and magazine articles. Have your professional painter supply samples and apply them in the best possible area in the rooms you plan to paint.