Free FedEx Overnight Shipping on Orders $15+


3 must-try paint hacks from a color consultant for "This Old House"

A selection of paints/Photographer: AnshuA via Unsplash

Professional colorist Bonnie Krims knows a lot about color. She's a former decorative painter and author, and has appeared as a color expert on the TV show for DIY diehards everywhere, This Old House. She divulges three tips for tackling your next painting project.

1) Choose a color at the right time during the process.

"Too often, homeowners want their rooms painted before they are furnished. They pick colors not realizing how hard it will be to find furnishings to match. Whenever possible, put furniture and accessory selection before paint color selection," says Bonnie.

shop go-to whites

2) Reconsider your approach to painting the ceiling.


"People often believe that painting ceilings a color will make the room look smaller. In fact, it will actually make the room look bigger by pushing the walls out," she explains. "Pale blue is a favorite choice, but consider painting the ceiling the same color as the walls to negate their boundaries."

shop blue favorites

3) Find the right match—then sample before painting.

When searching for a paint color, she says, "Find an object from the room that provides color inspiration." Match the color to a paint sample—either by bringing the object (or a photo of it) to your local paint shop, or by trying out our ColorMatch tool. Once you've got your colors, says Bonnie, start sampling. "Test them out. That cannot be overemphasized. Never put up a paint color without testing it first."

get the look

Swipe right on some of our favorite paint color samples.

Ocean AirBenjamin Moore

related articles
Blue outdoor space with decorative cement tiles/Photographer: Kris Tamburello

summer's best indoor-outdoor color palettes

These three seasonal paint sample palettes will have you dream...
A chinoiserie-wallpapered bathroom with deep blue hues/Photography: Trevor Tondro-Otto

should you wallpaper your bathroom?

Step inside 4 jewelbox bathrooms that make the case for statem...
Minimalist house exterior/Photography: Andrew Pogue/A Seattle-area home designed by Wittman Estes is inspired by Norway's famed Juvet Landscape Hotel.

12 scandi-style paint colors to sample right now

Master minimalism in your home with these paint samples.
Person hanging peel and stick wallpaper on wall/Photography: Gabrielle Langdon

3 things you must do *before* buying wallpaper

Save time, money and sanity during your next DIY project.