No place in the world is as inspiring—or overwhelming—as the paint aisle. It’s too much. But designer has a trick to help narrow it down: Skip the swatches, and break out your smartphone.
"So often, people want to paint a million little swatches on their walls, but I feel that’s confusing and not a true gauge of what the paint will actually look like," the designer tells CQ." Instead, she suggests turning to Google.
"Search the paint-color names on Google Images to see what they look like in a real room," she says. "You may have to see past design details you don’t like and some bad photography, but it will give you an idea!"
After all, the internet is full of ideas—Langdon even says you may be surprised just how many results come up for the paint colors you're considering. And of course, turning to the internet is also a good first step when you have no idea what direction you want to go in in the first place.
"There are so many easy ways you can find design inspiration, and you can do it by scanning design websites and typing some keywords into your computer—all of a sudden, your screen is chock full of all sorts of paint possibilities," she says. But endless possibilities can also be totally overwhelming, so Langdon has more helpful advice: consider the pieces you already have and plan to keep as a starting point.
"I like to begin looking at the fabric and finishes in the room and think about using a contrasting paint color that will help the furnishings pop rather than just blend in," she explains. "Even if you’re not buying a single piece of new furniture, paint is a wonderful tool to make all your existing items look totally fresh."
So, the next time you find yourself staring down an endless sea of paint chips, take out your phone and do a quick search—just think of it as a free preview.
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