Finding the right paint color among thousands is no simple feat! To make it easier, pull from things you already love: Take a photo of a favorite rug or painting and match the colors to a swatch. Or look at your closet: You tend to wear the shades that make you feel best, so choose one for your walls. As you narrow down your options, consider the paints' undertones—the tints you don't immediately see (the way teal has green under the blue). These affect how the color interacts with light and how shades go together. Then try these tips to get the color you need to play up every space.
Try a deep jewel tone like plum or night-sky blue. Rich hues make a big impact, especially in open and sun-drenched spaces.
Try this deep and unforgettable shade of blue.
PPG Paints Annapolis Blue (PPG547-7), $47.99;
This rich shade will instantly jazz up your foyer.
Valspar Azure Jazz (4011-6), from $46.98;
Create a warm space to welcome your guests with this crimson shade.
Glidden Red Delicious (00YR 08/409), $24;
Look for warm-toned neutrals like almond, beige and taupe. They work easily with furnishings of any color and feel friendlier than cooler counterparts.
This greige color, which is the oh-so-beautiful combination of gray and beige, is the perfect neutral. This color works well in hallways, too.
Behr Close Knit (T17-01), $28.98;
Use greige in big spaces where you want your artwork and furniture to stand out.
Benjamin Moore Pashmina (AF-100), $39.99;
When choosing a neutral or greige color, be sure to consider the paint's undertones, which will determine whether the paint will look cool or warm in a room.
Sherwin-Williams Anonymous (SW 7046), $31.49;
Start with bright colors—these hues go hand in hand with happiness. Choose a warm version to design a space that makes people want to linger. Be sure to get the whole clan involved before committing to a color—they'll have to live with it, too!
Before painting your room with a bright color like this, be sure to test your options first. Get a few swatches, tape them to walls and note how the colors look at different times of day. Settle on the one that looks the best during the time you'll use the room most.
Behr Jade Dragon (T17-15), $30;
This cheery color will inspire plenty of smiles and happy memories.
Dutch Boy Sunned Yellow (114-4DB), $34;
Bright blue adds punch without overpowering.
Glidden Kingfisher Blue (16BG 17/342), $24;
Choose cool-toned, soothing colors like pastel blues and pinks to create a rela and refreshing vibe.
Blue is often associated with trust and safety, two fundamental elements of feeling comfortable.
Olympic Zen (OL749.1), $25.98;
This soft gray is sure to go with furniture and decor you already own.
Sherwin-Williams Roycroft Rose (SW 0034), $31.49;
Pretty peach will instantly make the room feel warm and cozy.
Valspar London Coach (4002-1B), $41.98;