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Choosing the Perfect Paint Colour

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Paint colour can have the most dramatic effect on your space, and it is the least expensive way to update your home.

Colour can change our perception of the space around us, turning it cool and energetic, spacious or cozy. There are three key steps that can help you with the process of colour selection:

1. Find Inspiration

You can come up with ideas by creating a portfolio of what appeals to you: a favourite painting, the colour of your baby's eyes, an unforgettable vacation in Mexico or that great hike in the Rockies.

First, take into consideration your inspirational image's common denominators in terms of colour. Do you like a variety of colours or particular shades and tints of a specific colour? Do you like them bold or muted? Digging deep in the well of inspiration plays an important role in selecting and whittling down your choices.

2. Define the Mood

Secondly, is there a mood or theme that you would like to achieve in a particular space? Do you want a restful feel in the bedroom, or an energizing feel to the family room? The mood will lay the groundwork on the desired visual impact of a chosen paint colour palette.

3. Use Key Elements in Your Home

Last but not least, take stock of all the key elements in your house. Do you have carpeting, hardwood floors, modern or antique furniture? The colour of the flooring is an important consideration when you choose colours because it anchors the room and can impact the colour on the wall due to reflections.

Furnishings also play an important role in determining the perfect colour scheme for your house. Since these are usually the most expensive and not easily replaced items in the house, they tend to suggest a coordinating colour scheme that ties everything together. An invaluable heirloom dining table, for example, will never be discarded because it doesn't match the wall colour of the dining room.

Great Colour Selection Tools

To help you find the best paint colours for your space, we offer the following easy-to-use colour tools:

"Choosing Your Perfect Colour": Filled with illustrations and helpful tips, this flipbook is an excellent step-by-step guide to selecting paint colours for any room.

Colour Samples: The opportunity to view prospective colours on different walls and under various lighting conditions creates a true representation of the colour. Colour samples offer the ability to experience colours in the actual places that will be painted.

Colour Gallery: Showcasing all of our more than 3,000 colours organized by colour family and colour collection, Colour Gallery is the ultimate colour source. Not only will you find details about each colour, you will also be shown two combinations of coordinating colours.

Personal Colour Viewer: This easy-to-use interactive colour visualization tool allows you to see how any of our thousands of colours will look in a room. You can either upload your own photos to see how colours will look in your own space or choose from a multitude of images available online.

Colour Inspiration Brochures: This handy tool helps you find creative ideas and design tips for every room in your home. Featuring colour palettes handpicked by design professionals, Colour Inspiration Brochures provide suggestions on what colour combinations to use for specific spaces.

Choosing paint colours is a very personal decision. Whether your selections are based on inspiration, a particular mood, or key elements in your home, using these tools you'll be sure to find perfect colours.

Visit our Colour Gallery to browse through our thousands of beautiful paint colours.

Contact your local Benjamin Moore store to buy paints and colour samples.

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