Interior Designer Tips for Selecting a New Paint Color

1. Find a starting place. Pull your color inspiration from something already in the room such as an area rug or painting. If you are planning to replace the furnishings in a room as well as fresh paint, start by finding the new items for the room. Finding a paint color to match a rug you love is infinitely easier than trying to find a rug you like to work with the color of your walls.

2. Think about what you like, and what colors you like to wear. If you do not look good in yellow, do not paint your Master Bathroom yellow or you will be happy with yourself every time you look in the mirror. You might be seeing a lot of blues and browns in home furnishings lately, but if you do not love blue do not paint your room blue just to keep up with the trends.

3. Get inspired! Mother Nature is the world's best colorist and she pulls together the most incredible palette. Look around outside for color combinations you might have never considered.

4. Start small and take baby steps. If you want to try a bold color for the first time, start in a small and manageable space such as a Powder Room. The small space will allow you to live with you new bold color in a small amount, plus you will need very few accessories to pull the look together.

5. Ignore all "rules" you may have heard such as dark colors making a room look small. Do not be guided by what you have been told is right or wrong when selecting colors. Yes, some of these rules do have some amount of truth but the world is not black and white, and nor should your home be.