Ty's Tip: Choosing and Testing Paint Colors

Design | Choosing and Testing Paint Colors

So a few weeks ago, I shared some of the differences between paint brushes and paint rollers. Now that you have the basics down, let’s move onto another step in the process; picking your paints and putting them to the test!

Ty's Tip: Choosing and Testing Paint Colors

You don’t invite people who get on your nerves to stay with you, do you?  Ok well sometimes they just show up!  But my point is you have the right to choose who and whats around you. And if you’re normal – like me! – you’re looking for harmony in your nest, so keep that in mind when choosing your colors. The emotions, moods and personality that colors bring will surround you every day. Be sure you like them well enough before you commit to a long-term relationship.

If you need help deciding, choose your favorite from the six color swatches below. Just go with your instinct and keep reading to see if your color matches your personality.

Choosing Paint Colors for your Personality | Ty Pennington

– RED packs an emotional wallop and symbolizes love, rage, courage and passion. Those who choose red are active and aggressive go-getters. They may be impulsive, and are constantly striving and looking for all the trills that life has to offer.

In it’s brightest tones ORANGE is lively, cheerful and invigorating. When it’s darkened to burnt tones, orange can be exotic. If orange is your choice, you probably have lots of energy, and you like to be social. Family and friends find you agreeable and fun to be with. You are creative, but you aren’t a flake. You like a bit of structure in your life.

– YELLOW is the color of joy. It’s the happiest of all colors, and radiates enlightenment, sunlight and spirituality. If this is your favorite, you’re probably smart, imaginative and communicative. You look forward to the future. In other words, you’re a cockeyed optimist.

The color of all nature’s living things, GREEN represents freshness, harmony and peacefulness. Green symbolizes the intense, but quiet power of nature. If you chose green, you like your space to be calm, balanced, restful. You’re affectionate, secure and – like all growing things – good to have on the face of Earth.

Tranquil, cooling, soothing BLUE. It speaks of comfort and serenity. If you chose blue, you have a basic need for a calm, stress-free existence. You’re loyal, conservative and sensitive to others. Your’s calm, cool and collected – in other words, totally cool.

– The choice of this regal and luxurious color tells us your a sensual and passionate beast. If you like violets and PURPLES, you are probably one-of-a-kind, oh so sensitive and obviously observant. You love surprises and anything unusual, and you’re likely creative and artistically talented. A complex personality? I think so!

*Don’t worry if the description isn’t right on. Keep in mind that each color has tons of different tines and shades that cover even a wider range of personalities and moods. Finding powerful color combinations from the many personalities is the creative part – and it’s fun! And if you can’t figure out what color works with you, check your closet and see what you wear the most. Chances are there’s a color that always ends up on or around you.

So people choose all different kinds of colors for their house, and maybe you’ve decided that you want your bedroom the exact shade of your favorite pair of old faded jeans. Well, the good news is, is that the paint store can probably match it perfectly. But let me just remind you that even perfectly matched paint can look a lot different once it’s on the wall.

Choosing Paint Colors for your Personality | Ty Pennington

It’s a good idea to test the color before you commit to the entire room. And here’s a clever way to do it…

Tape off a large area of the wall, and then paint your color inside that shape.  After it’s dry, hang a picture or mirror, something to make the spot look more finished. Now, live with it that way for a few days, and be sure to see how the paint looks in different lights and at different times of the day.

You’ll be glad you lived with the color first, and in the meantime, just squint and call it art!

Have any paint color or testing tips? Leave them in the comments below. 


Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington is best known as the Emmy-award winning host of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and the co-Host of ABC Daytime's "The Revolution." He has been recognized as a home design expert, carpenter and leader in the field of volunteerism. TyPennington.com is a space to share his inspiration, design tips, daily musings and more.

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