Paint & color design guide

Get inspiration for how to spruce up your home with a fresh coat of paint and vibrant decorating palettes

15 favorite color palettes

We unlock the secrets to gorgeous color and paint palettes that work for any room in your home

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Paint palettes: Tips for getting started
Jeffery Cross

Paint palettes: Tips for getting started

Using colorful palettes extends from decoration to more permanent changes to your home. If you're thinking of dabbling in a bright (yet tasteful!) paint palette, here are some key pointers:

Swatch-test colors before committing. Really. We mean it. Printed pages (even ours) and paint chips can vary from the actual paint color. Happily, you’ll now find many paints in inexpensive sample sizes.

Choose low- or no-VOC paints. In addition to the formulas available from eco-friendly brands, almost all paint makers now offer one or both of those options in all colors.

Use a tinted primer for dark and bright colors. Testing for this article turned us into believers; it greatly improves coverage. Ask the paint retailer for a custom mix compatible with your surfaces and paint.

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