A Color Expert's 7 Step Guide to Picking the Perfect Paint Color, Stress-Free

Picking out the perfect shade of paint to use inside your home can feel like an intimidating and overwhelming challenge. There are seemingly limitless options to choose from and even when you do manage to make a decision it can feel like quite the commitment. However, there are steps you can take to make the process feel a bit more manageable.

"Choosing interior paint colors for your home is very personal," says Erika Woelfel, color expert and V.P. of Color and Creative Services at Behr Paint. "But, there are a few steps I always recommend to make the sometimes-overwhelming task easier," she continues.

According to her, there are a variety of questions homeowners can ask themselves before taking the plunge and committing to a new interior shade of paint. Essentially, it comes down to determining the desired mood of the room and picking a hue that helps evoke that feeling. You'll also want to examine existing factors in a space that could affect the way the paint looks throughout the day, such as natural light, permanent design elements of the room, and décor.

Keep reading to learn exactly how to pick paint colors, according to an expert. Here's how it's done.