Painting your home, inside and out, can give it an updated fresh look, but it can also be stressful and costly. Doing a little research before you select a paint color can go a long way in making it an exciting, enjoyable project AND increase the value of your home.

1. Check the Pantone site, they are the authority of all things color; trends for fashion, home decorating and much more.  

2. Most of the major paint supply companies, Sherwin WilliamsBehrBenjamin Moore have many color schemes for you to look at right on their website. Some even have technology for you to visualize what your color selections will look like. You can spend hours selecting colors and schemes for your project right on their website.  There are also apps for you to download which function the same way.  You can also save all of your projects to look at later or use the information to purchase your paint.

3. Once you have narrowed down your choices, go to the paint store or local home improvement store and purchase a small sample of the paint. Take it home and paint the interior or exterior walls with each sample, side by side. Observe the color at different times of the day, for several days. This is an inexpensive way to ‘try on’ your colors to see which ones you really want before you commit to your chosen colors.

More about purchasing and using small paint sizes:

Benjamin Moore

Home Depot

Here is another source to learn all about color and painting your home. This website has many links to other home improvement websites regarding color and architecture. The very last link listed has brings you to a site where they have collected photos of homes that are truly inspiration and eclectic.


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