Perfecting Paint Shopping
Featuring Hooker Furniture Sacramento

Face it – choosing the right color for the walls or ceilings of your home is important but it is a task that can be daunting. That shade which you eventually pick to paint your walls is a huge part of your Sacramento interior design. This is the color that can also become the anchor element throughout the design. So, yes, you have to perfect paint shopping

Choosing the right shade is not easy, though. There are many options to begin with and each one is unique. For a lot of homeowners, this dilemma on color choice is what hampers their design project.

No worries, your design problem is about to end. Here are some tips: 

Paint Shopping 101 


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Begin with Textile Purchase

People often think of textiles as the finishing touch of an interior design. You may also think that it is counterintuitive to follow this tip but one of the best ways to ascertain that the paint will fuse with the rest of the design is to buy fabrics and use them as the design inspiration.

Just think of it this way, if you buy the paint first, you could end up with just a few fabric upholstery or drapery options in the end. Yet if you base the color palette on a fabric, then you are likelier to find coordinating shades to go with it. If you’d take the time, you could even ask home improvement shops to mix a distinctive shade especially for your home.

Begin your Sacramento home design project by building from one piece which can easily catch people’s attention. One of the best options is to use patterned items. These already use different shades which can also become the basis for your eventual color palette.

Anchor on Nearby Spaces

<img src=&quot;dining room&quot; alt=&quot;neutral colored dining room with dining set, exposed wood beams, and other design elements&quot;>

Have you ever walked into a house and felt that the wall color is simply out of place? And when you moved from one room to the next, did it feel like you’re still in the same house or it’s like going from one different dimension to another?

Be able to set up your home in such a way where there is a place where your eyes rest now and then. Don’t be overwhelmed with the need to design. Give every room a distinct look and color but do not forget the element of cohesion.

Paint is your unifying element so before you pick a specific shade, think of how it would look with the current interiors. Every hue must work in harmony but you must also remember how to effectively transition from one room to the next.

The Beaumont Collection by Hooker Furniture, above, shows how the neutral palette can flow continuously to the living room or the kitchen. 

Use Correct Lighting

Whether you agree or not, lighting has a huge impact on the way a room generally looks. Every light temperature uses a color undertone, the very reason why rooms look different during the day than during the night.

Since light is so important, be sure to pick a fixture that can help illuminate the room at any time of the day. It would be more helpful if you can have windows or a skylight set up so that more natural light could come in during the day.

Test the color by having a sample made for you at an improvement store. As you go home, paint just some small sections on the walls. Be sure to check the color as the day progresses. If the color makes you happy on both natural and artificial lighting, then that’s the color that you must pick for your wall color.

Hooker Furniture Dining Room Affinity (image above): Natural lighting is always best when inspecting actual paint color, although, you also need to test how the hue will play out once the lights are turned on. In this dining room, the drum light does not just offer lighting at night or while dining but also aesthetics as it blends well with the neutral color palette. 

Consider the Furnishings 

<img src=&quot;home office&quot; alt=&quot;home office with rustic design elements including a credenza hutch and other wooden elements.&quot;>

Look at the current fine furniture sets in your Sacramento interior design. See if you would like to base your color scheme on these furnishings or if you would like a striking contrast. 

Do not make the mistake of overlooking the finish, too. Just as important as picking the shade itself, you also need to think how the finished product would eventually look like. Take this into account as you decide.

Your options include eggshell finish, flat, stain, semi-gloss, and high-gloss finish.

Time To Buy The Paint Cans

When you approach Sacramento interior design from a homeowner’s point of view, you probably just go about and pick the things that you think are attractive. Also, you tend to make your decisions based on any existing décor or pattern in your home. Color, however is such a powerful tool that you can use to evoke certain emotions. It can also create illusions of space or invoke a dramatic ambience.

The first step is to just directly paint the wall. This guideline is applicable both for interior and exterior walls. The best way to get a sense of how the color would turn out in your home is to brush a portion of your inner or outer wall with the color that you have chosen.

Some experts say that choosing a board just won’t saturate in the same manner so it is best to paint it directly then find out how the color would really affect the overall look. Boards do not offer the same texture as walls and this could really affect the look eventually.

If you have decided to delegate the painting project, see that you will be able to provide sample cans of your preferred colors. A lot of painting contractors prefer it that way. Paints that have been tinted (or mixed) means you will have to take the colors no matter what the result. Sample cans, on the contrary, cost only $3 to $8 so you can experiment with smaller cans at first rather than wasting gallons of tinted paint that you won’t use in the end.

Two coats are the minimum amount of coverage that a wall typically needs. The first coat is often the primer while the second coat makes a huge difference in the way the paint color would register.

The primer is often used for richer or deeper paint colors. There is a small selection of such paint that can be made in connection with specific primers. Make sure that you also paint in large swaths (no less than 1 foot by 1 foot) so you would have a good sense of what the end-result would be.

The paint colors that you are testing will register differently also depending on the amount of light that hits the walls. Paint a wall that does not get directly hit with sunlight and one that does. You will soon notice that darker rooms tend to make paint appear darker, too. In essence, the pink paint that you chose for your daughter’s bedroom may not necessarily work with the master bedroom or the bathroom.

Colorful landscaping may also affect the paint color on your walls. Light coming from the garden or front yard could stream through, giving your walls a much different color than you originally imagined. The green trees could cast a different glow in a room that is already painted orange.

Consider also what time of day you would be spending inside the rooms. You would, of course, want the colors to look great when you are inside the room. 


So there you go, five steps to perfecting paint shopping. Just take a deep breath, be confident, and deliver the color palette according to your vision. If you're still hesitant, allow our expert designers to help you with your color dilemma. 

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