Q: My kitchen has been white for seven years. I would very much like to paint it, but I’m scared. Please help me.
— Laverne Gordon
A: Choosing paint colors can be daunting, but remember that paint is fairly inexpensive. If you paint your kitchen and don’t like it, painting over it won’t break the bank. Just knowing that may ease your fear of making a mistake.
Decorating magazines, books, blogs and social media sites such as Pinterest are great sources of ideas, but if you’re really paralyzed about choosing colors, you would probably benefit from a professional’s advice. Ask paint stores near you whether they have decorators on staff who offer color consultations, or call some interior decorators or designers and ask how much they would charge to come to your home and help you choose a color scheme.
Some Sherwin-Williams stores offer a free in-home color consultation if you buy a $75 gift card, which you can then use to buy your paint. Not all stores offer the deal, though, so call first to ask.
Once you’ve narrowed your color choices, buy small quantities of paint in the colors you’re considering and try them out in the room. You can either paint patches right on your walls or paint pieces of poster board or foam core.
Be sure to try the paint out in different parts of the room and look at it at different times of the day. Light affects how color is perceived, so a paint color will probably look different in your kitchen than it does in the store.
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