Author: James Woo

Visitors and passers-by get a first impression of their house from the color they have used on the outside. You can be very happy with that color and decide to use it again when you repaint. Or maybe you have had some damage from the wind and the need to repaint only a part of the house. Finding the height of the original painting can make the job much more comfortable. The best solution is to have a can of old paint in the garage or basement. There are other ways, however, to find a match.

  • Instructions
  • surplus paint

1. Write down the brand and color of the paint. Usually on the top or front of the can. If it was a custom-mixed paint job, open the box and see if any of the colors is still usable.

2. The paint is stirred for two minutes with a wooden stick. This mixes the pigments.

3. Paint a hidden part of the exterior of the house with the original paint. Let it dry. Observe the painted point several times during the day. If the painting matches, take it to the paint store to have an exact game made, or by the same brand and color.

Painting fades, however, and what could have been an exact match may not be the color at this time. You might try adding white to clarify it, but it is best to use another method of matching the paint. White has underlying shades of yellow, red, blue or green. If you can rinse with white, you have to have the correct tone.

Paint chips

4. If your exterior is stucco, break a piece that is painted. You can try a corner next to a window. If the surface is made of wood to leverage a bit that is pictured. Choose an inconspicuous place, and take as little as possible.

5. Repairing the wood with filling so that the point is not noticeable. If the exterior is stucco, apply a little cement in the place where the chip was taken.

6. Take the wood chip or concrete to the paint store to get a personalized match. Paint stores have computerized equipment that analyzes the colors and formulates exact matches.

Swatch paint samples

7. Choose a variety of paint samples from samples that approach the color you want. Choose some darker, lighter and a little bit of some that are slightly different. For example, if the house is brown, choose a brown color that has a touch of red, one that has a feel of green and one that has a bit of gray.

8. Keep the paint samples to the house. Reduce the options to the four or five that are closest.

9. Go back to the paint store and collect additional samples in the colors that are closest to the four or five colors you have chosen.

10. Continue to narrow your options until you find two or three very close matches. Get sample cans of paint in those colors — paint inconspicuous spots in the house to determine which of them is an exact match. Remember, the paint dries darker than it is in the can.

Color: sets a mood, defines a style and serves as a way to hide or improve architectural features. It is often difficult to create an interior color scheme that is attractive and, at the same time, harmonious. A variety of tools, such as the color wheel, can be used to choose the best colors for your home. With a little research, some interior decorating strategies and a little careful planning, a combination of coordinating colors are available to all owners.


The creation of interior color schemes.

1. Get inspiration. If you are not sure what colors or mood you want to create in your home, look through the magazine or visit hotel lobbies near the ideas. You can also research on the Internet to define the preferences of colors and design style.

2. Incorporate what you already have. Include existing flooring and large items of furniture entry in the interior color scheme of your home in general. Use them as an initial step in the process of color selection.

3. Consider personal preferences. Your home is your own space, to choose the selections of interior colors desired to create a pleasant environment in which to live.

4. Know your sources of light. Plan your interior color scheme with knowledge of light sources, such as natural light and artificial light, as variations in light affect the color perception of the painting.

5. Use the color wheel. The color schemes vary from monochromatic (variations of a single tone) to analogs (colors side by side on the bike) for complementary (opposite colors on the color wheel). Choose your inner scheme with the knowledge of the particular mood; each of these combinations creates.

6. Pull the patterns of the fabrics. When choosing an interior color scheme, take a color or two of a sofa pattern, duvet pattern from the bed or design chair to properly select the right hues.

7. Think of groups of three. If you use a pattern to inspire your interior color scheme, opt for the lighter color for the walls and floor, the medium shade for the large items of furniture in the room and the darker accessories and accents for a well-coordinated space.

8. Create a color flow. You want to coordinate colors in homes with an open floor plan, so choose interior color schemes that coordinate to create a harmonious design.

9. Consider your desired mood. Color creates an atmosphere in a home, (that is, red is energizing while blue is soothing), so choose the color carefully to produce the desired ambiance for your interior space.