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Step 1: Choose the Color

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Assess Fixed Elements

  • Consider those items that will not be painted or changed:
    • Upholstered Furniture
    • Drapes
    • Carpets
    • Floors
  • Be sure the color you choose for your walls, woodwork and ceilings will be compatible or complementary with the significant color elements of each room.

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Choose Color Scheme

  • Select your general color or color scheme first, then pick up color cards from various paint manufacturers which often show color combinations and exact shades of the colors they would provide.
  • Paint pieces of foam board to ‘test’ the color in various lights of your room. If you’re uncertain about the color, paint several foam boards different colors to give you confidence in your choice.

Select the Right Sheen

  • Sheen is a personal preference, but there are guidelines that will help you choose the right sheen within an acceptable range for a given application. Sheen is a function of the ingredients of the paint and certain properties are built in for a given application.

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