With hundreds and hundreds of color chips, it can daunting to pick the right paint color. I find that I get the best colors by mixing them myself. I like using 2oz acrylic craft paints to mix my sample colors. I mix several colors, white, black or whatever it takes to achieve the color I’m looking for.
Once I’ve mixed up a few colors that I like, I paint the colors on a piece of white paper and also paint a large test square on the wall in the room I’ll be painting. (Make sure you label them so you will know which one to take to the paint store.) I think you should live with the color a few days before making your decision because natural light as well as interior lighting can change the look of your color.
Once I’ve made my decision, I go to Lowes or Home Depot to have it matched on their color computer and because the computer assigns a formula to the color it scans you’ll be able to get the exact match in the future by using the formula sticker.
If all that seems like too much trouble, I recommend you purchase paint samples from the paint store. The samples sell for 3-4 dollars a can, while it can add up if you have several, it’s still usually cheaper than purchasing all the paint for your room only to find out you hate it once it’s on the wall. You could also pick out a color in the the fabric you’ll be using and have the computer color match it.
P.S. I highly recommend this Paint by Olympic (sold at Lowes), it’s a zero VOC paint which means it won’t off-gas.
Zero VOC paint as been on the market for several years but it’s also expensive, the great thing about this Olympic paint it’s very affordable , safe for you and the environment. I have asthma and anytime I used regular paint I would have to wear one of these beauties,
(not cute and not comfortable) but with this paint, no mask, no smell and no off gassing! It’s the best paint!!!! Happy painting.