Painting furniture fun, bright colors has been a recent trend and I love it! I’ve painted dressers, tables, picture frames, and even my front door using chalky paint finish. I just can’t seem to get enough! But I’ve made some mistakes along the way. One of the biggest mistakes I have made is when it comes to choosing furniture colors. I love color but there needs to be a method to choosing paint colors for your furniture finds.
Here are my favorite tips for choosing furniture colors. Learn from my mistakes to avoid several layers of paint and hours of sanding!
Tips for Choosing Furniture Colors
1. Consider a neutral color over a pop of color. This tip is #1 because I’ve struggled with it too! I love to rearrange furniture, move it to different rooms and decorate with new pieces. Because I love to change things up so much it’s important to pick a neutral. I picked up a book of neutrals at the paint store and was shocked to find so many fun colors there.
2. Paint chips are your best friend. I have them all over the place (especially my purse). Like a kid in a candy store, I head straight to the paint section and start looking at colors. Here’s my tip on paint chips. Don’t go overboard with 50 shades of the same color (preaching to the choir here). If you want a fun pop of color rather than a neutral you can use a paint chip pallet to find that pop of color. Many brands will give you several color palettes that look good with a single neutral color.
3. Take a step down. By this I mean pick the color a step or two down from the original paint color. Looking at the paint chips on the left I would choose the second or third paint color down from the top. Doing this will give you the color you like but it won’t take over the room or decor the furniture is paired with.
4. Oops paint. Most paint stores remix paint that doesn’t make it out of the store and sells it at a discounted price. If you don’t have a specific color in mind this is a great place to get started and save money! If you do use an oops paint mixture I suggest dipping a paint stick in it (before you make it into a chalky paint) so you can have it color matched if you run out. I pick up oops paint all the time and find a project for it later. Be sure to store them inside because they can dry up or go bad. This yellow rocking chair was painted with an oops paint.
I also like picking up oops paint or using left over paint to spruce up old picture frames! Click here to find out how to paint picture frames!
Looking for more tips? Check out this post on how to protect painted furniture!
What are your favorite furniture colors? If you need some inspiration I did a round up of some of my favorite painted furniture inspiration in each color! Click here to get inspired!
Do you have a piece of furniture you’ve been dying to paint but don’t know how? Are you worried it’s going to be too much work? Do you have questions on how to get started, what you will need, and if it’s even worth the work?
Your Guide to Painting Furniture will take you through the process of finding furniture, making your own chalky finish paint, and how to use paint your furniture. Plus my tips on protecting your painted furniture, basic repairs, and tips for picking out paint colors!