FYI: Experts Always Notice These Mistakes in Your Paint Color Choices

One of the most frequent questions we get asked as décor editors has to be "What color should I paint my room?" With paint companies often offering north of 3000 color options, the seemingly endless number of choices can be overwhelming. Best intentions in mind, we try to get a feel for what people actually want—a muddy rose, putty gray, or a crisp white? We make recommendations based on our knowledge of factors like undertones and current paint color trends—while stressing the importance of testing a few tones on the walls before committing.

Despite our best efforts, choosing a paint color can be an important and overwhelming decision for many—but not for paint experts. Marketing managers, heads of creative, and designers in the paint world spend their careers studying the science that goes behind every paint chip on the market—from the pigments to the formulas that go into making a can of paint that's ready to take home. With knowledge of the chemistry that goes into every color, these experts can easily make a snap decision on a paint color based on the direction of windows, the type of lighting in a room, or the size of a space.

To make the decision process less daunting, we chatted with a handful of paint experts who taught us exactly how to make better paint decisions for our homes. We promise it doesn't have to be an overwhelming process: "If nothing else, you owe it to yourself to try something fun," says Jamie Davis, co-founder of Portola Paints. "Regardless of what your friends think. It’s just paint! You can always repaint it." Before painting your next room, consider these wall paint ideas and you'll never get it wrong again.

Next up: It's official—these paint color trends are out.

This story was originally published on April 17, 2017, and has since been updated.