How to choose the right paint color tone for your home

{originally posted on 1/23/13}

Have you ever dreamed of painting a room in your home a fun color, but then got nervous and ended up with a very neutral, boring wall instead? It happens all the time, so don't worry. I myself am I huge fan of neutrals, but sometimes it is worth t to take a leap of faith and go for that color you have been dreaming of.

There are a few things to keep in mind when painting with color. Definitely ALWAYS test the color first... and test a few similar ones at the same time. When you go to pick up paint, you can get small tester cans to paint small patches on the walls. I recommend painting your sample patches in a few different places within the room and look at the color in the morning, afternoon and evening because you need to see how the color looks in different light.

Also, remember that however dark or bright the paint swatch looks, it will look even darker or even brighter on the walls. I recommend choosing a color with more gray or dusty undertones. Lets say you are wanting bright purple... maybe choose a color that is a little lighter, and grayer that the initial bright purple that you want. It will translate bright when it is on your walls.

This is what I am talking about:

Tips for painting color on your walls | Sarah Barksdale Design

Too Bright

Tips for painting color on your walls | Sarah Barksdale Design

Just right. (See how the green is softer? yet still bold?)

Tips for painting color on your walls | Sarah Barksdale Design

Too Bright

Tips for painting color on your walls | Sarah Barksdale Design

Just Right

Tips for painting color on your walls | Sarah Barksdale Design

Too bright

Tips for painting color on your walls | Sarah Barksdale Design

Just Right. Save the brightness for the accents.

Tips for painting color on your walls | Sarah Barksdale Design

Too Bright. I love the idea, but this porch would be much more soothing in a more powdery blue.

Tips for painting color on your walls | Sarah Barksdale Design

Just Right.

Tips for Painting Color on Your Walls | Sarah Barksdale Design

Too Bright.

Tips for painting color on your walls | Sarah Barksdale Design

Just Right. This color is still very dark and bold, but not overwhelming due to the gray undertones.

Tips for painting color on your walls | Sarah Barksdale Design

Too Bright.

Tips for painting color on your walls | Sarah Barksdale Design

Just Right.

Have you ever thought about painting any of your walls a fun color? Did you go for it?

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Things I love: Iron windows

Iron Windows | Sarah Barksdale DesignCan we all just take a minute to admire the beauty of this kitchen?!?! If this kitchen belonged to me lets just say I would pull a mattress into the middle of the floor and LIVE in there. One thing that I am absolutely LOVING lately are iron windows. I love how crisp and clean looking they are. I love the drama of the dark framing against the open-ness of the window. I love the hard, masculine touch they can bring to soft spaces. And most of all I love how they can completely stand alone.... who needs window treatments when your windows look this good?

Iron Windows | Sarah Barksdale Design

Iron Windows | Sarah Barksdale Design

I really love the pops of emerald in this room don't you? Ok, now back to the windows...

Iron Windows | Sarah Barksdale Design

Iron Windows | Sarah Barksdale Design

Iron windows look amazing in ANY room but I particularly love them in the bathroom.... dont you?

Iron Windows | Sarah Barksdale DesignA-MAZ-ING !!!

Unfortunately there really isnt a budget friendly way to achieve this look (if you know of one please share!!). Iron window frames are pricey, but the finished look it definitely worth the splurge if you can manage it.

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