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How to Choose the Correct Paint Color for Your Walls

Updated on March 9, 2012

My Colortopia Review

You've decided you want to paint your master bedroom so you head to Lowes and stare at all the paint swatches and decide you want to go with blue walls...well there are about 1,000 different shades of blue!

How do you know which one to go with? Even if you know which blue to pick, do you know what accent colors you should have in your room to go with that blue?

I am here to teach you a couple great tricks!

First, it is always handy to pick an inspiration. Choose a picture you love (the sea, a flower, ect.) or choose a pillow, piece of fabric or some other accessory to go off of.

You can either head off to Lowes with your inspiration piece and try to match up colors or you can use this handy little site http://mycolortopia.com.

You can upload your photo directly to the site or use even one of their inspiration photos and you will get a custom color palette built just for you!


Inspiration Photos for Chosing a Paint Color

Here is how I just played with this tool to get the right color palette for my office makeover.

I knew I was painting my desk Olive green so I chose one of the inspiration photos Colortopia provided that contained Olive green that I loved. I chose the butterfly because I love all the colors in this photos. I found it to be very calming and that is the exact look I am going for.

I then clicked on the Olive color in the photo and it gave me palette choices from there. If you click on different areas of the photo it will give you different options and choices.

Now I can go pick out paints with confidence!

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      Robin 6 years ago

      You can do the same with an iPhone app called Palettes! Here's MyMove's app review on it: http://www.mymove.com/tips-advice/decorating/paint...

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      Glen Nunes 6 years ago from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

      Selecting accent colors once I have a main color in mind has always been the big problem for me. Mycolortopia looks like it would be a great help. Nice hub.

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      What a great resource for picking paint colors. I remember years ago my mother-in-law was trying to pick a green for her living room walls. She must have had ten splotches of various shades of green on that wall before she finally picked one. I do like that you can also by a very small can now just for that purpose, but getting an idea ahead of time from mycolortopia is a great idea.

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