Do It Yourself – Online Resources

Not sure how to pick the perfect color for your next project?

9 sites that provide GREAT color advice!

HGTV
“Color Dos & Dont’s”

Starting with the color wheel, the author of this article moves on to consider a wide range of other variables – the psychology of color, the views of today’s interior designers, and how to think about color in for specific spaces.

Southern Living
“Choosing Exterior Paint Colors”

This professional discussion of the basics of exterior color selection packs a lot of useful information into a few short minutes. But the best part are the tabs across the top that take you to discussions and tips on how to use specific colors.

DIY Network
“How to Select the Right Paint and Color for Your Home”

This is a great primer about paint types and sheens, and goes on to discuss ways to create various subtle to vibrant effects.

SF Gate
“How to Choose Paint Colors for Decorating a House”

Many color professionals suggest choosing an anchor piece and building the room’s palette around that piece, be it a piece or art or furniture, or a carpet. This article also explains tips about how to paint a home in preparation for sale, like using light colors to make it seem bigger or white to help customers imagine the space with their own belongings.

Hooked on Houses
“How to Pick Paint Colors”

This article covers a number of important color selection topics. It reminds us that paint chips use ink rather than the actual paint, which may differ slightly in color from what you are about to put on your walls and trim. And it explains why low-VOC paints are now ready for prime time, providing advantages for human health and the planet’s health over more noxious alternatives.

About.com Architecture
“Pick Paint Colors For Your House”

Your home is part of a neighborhood and has a specific architectural style that should be considered when choosing colors. This article offers many brief but useful pieces of advice on making these consideration part of your color selection process.

This Old House
“Choose Paint Colors With a Color Wheel”

Remember the color wheel from grade school art class? Reviewing how it is structured and the basics of how it can be used in choosing house paint colors is the focus of this article. It also includes examples of how complementary colors bring a house alive!

Bob Vila
“How To: Select a Paint Color”

Bob is as pragmatic as always, believing your personality is the starting point and will be reflected in the palette you eventually choose for your painting project. But at the same time, he is conservative in his recommendations and may be a voice of reason if you are considering a more dramatic departure from your existing color scheme.

House Beautiful
“Color Ideas”

This is a great slideshow of inspiring and colorful palette ideas. One of the best parts is a discussion about which are “the hardest colors to get right” and why. This is a fun site that you will enjoy using as part of your color selection journey.