Painting With A Palette

The holidays will be upon us before you know it, so it’s time to paint some walls! But how should you go about painting and decorating? How can you match a shade to your current furniture? Read on for some inspiration and color tips!



Magazines and catalogs are standards for inspiration but think outside the pages. Social Media and art are great places for inspiration. Look for colors that inspire you in different pieces. Do you have a favorite photo from a family vacation? Choose sandy neutrals and bright baby blues to bring back the nostalgia of sand and surf. A trip to the Pacific Northwest? Use cool, rainy grays, greens, and terra-cotta reds reminiscent of giant sequoia trees.

Color Theory

Color theory refers to a mode of guidance in visual arts, showing which colors compliment each other in a variety of ways. By examining a color wheel you can mix and match accurately in monochromatic (a singular color slice with different shades), analogous (three colors next to each other), complementary (two colors directly across from each other), and many more such as triad, split-complementary, and tetradic color schemes. A color scheme describes a framework of how colors are chosen and put together, while a color palette refers to the named colors you’ve already chosen based on the said color scheme, picking specifically named colors from whatever brand you’ve chosen to use.

Print and Artwork Matching

Have you recently gone to a store and found a pillow, painting, or curtains that just speaks to you? Choose paints that match your linens, couches, or that special accent chair for your walls. If the color is too strong for your tastes, choose a shade that’s more subtle from its monochromatic rank! Not sure if you have the right shade? Bring the fabric to the paint store to be sure.

Color Flow

For a larger project in small spaces, use color flowing to give the illusion of a bigger space. Color flow can be done in one of two ways. Either each room has its own accent colors complementing the previous room or you keep all the accent colors the same.

Not sure how to use color flow to your home? Every time you call the experts at Graystone Painting we listen to your vision and help guide it to completion with our expert color consultants and paint contractors.

Using Technology

Most people have a favorite color but most people also have problems visualizing how colors work together. Thankfully, there are many apps out there that can help you match colors together in a palette for free!. Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and Valspar all have their own color viewers using innovative tech using a photo you upload to simulate your paint of choice over the walls. Looking for a palette generator to match colors and shades of furniture, flooring, walls, curtains, and more? We recommend the free website and app Coolors for a variety of popular, and randomly generated palette visualization.