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Color Selection

  • Existing Elements

    Often when decorating a room there are finishes and elements that will remain. Be sure to consider these elements such as carpet, tile and cabinetry when choosing a coordinating palette.

  • Inspiration Piece

    If you have a favorite fabric or work of art it can be the perfect starting point for your project. You may want to match the colors exactly or just use them as a guide. You can play with the proportions of the colors so that they align with your inspiration or not. It's all a matter of your preference.

  • Setting A Mood

    Decide on the mood or feeling that you want the room to evoke. Is it a room used for relaxing or entertaining?. See our Moods of Color section for inspiration.

  • Working with Light

    Sometimes the lighting in the room will guide your selection. You can either work with the existing light or try to counter it with color.

  • Existing Elements
  • Inspiration Piece
  • Setting A Mood
  • Working with Light

Selecting the Right Color

Look at any paint department and you can see that there are hundreds and hundreds of colors to choose from. So how do you decide which colors you want to invite into your home? Many factors can impact your choice, like the lighting and architectural elements in the room, the feeling you want the room to convey, and of course your personal taste and style. This section will help you consider all these factors, so you can feel confident in your final color decisions for your home.

Pratt & Lambert Color Samples

To best understand how color will look in your home, you need to see it in place. Pratt & Lambert Quart Size Color Samples let you live with the color on your walls before you commit. Each sample covers 100 square feet so you can see how different lighting conditions and room arrangements affect color. And that means you can make your final color choice with confidence.