Selecting Colors

Interior & Exterior Painting in the greater Austin area

Color sets the style inside & outside of your homeā€¦picking just the right color can be tough. MelMo painting is more than happy to assist you personally with color selection & will provide color chart & paint samples from our local painting companies.

We recommend & utilize the following paint companies on a regular basis:

  • Pittsburg Paint
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Kelly Moore
  • Benjamin Moore (although, a bit more expensive)
However, we will purchase paint from other companies as well upon your request
We have provided links below that will further help you as you dip into the world of color.

Online Color Charts

Online Design Center

'Fun Facts To Know' about Color

Choosing a Paint Color

  • Start by studying the darkest colors or shades on any paint strip to match your furnishings. Once you have a winner, choose a tint toward the middle to top (lighter) of the strip for the wall color.

  • Small Rooms

  • Light colors (airy) and cold colors (which seem 'distant') tend to expand spaces.
  • The more color contrast you use in a room, the smaller it look.
  • Consider painting the woodwork (base, trim, etc.) the same color as the walls.

  • Large Rooms

  • Darker walls make the room appear smaller as these warm colors seem to advance or 'move in toward' you.
  • Darker colors; however, do make a room seem more intimate.
  • To make a square room seem less 'boxlike', paint one wall in a deeper tone that the other three walls.

  • Hallways

  • To lengthen a hallway, paint walls a deep tone and paint the ceiling a lighter tone.

  • Ceilings

  • Painting ceilings will actually make the room look larger by pushing the walls out. Consider painting a ceiling the same color as the walls (if a light colors) to negate their boundaries.
  • Low ceilings painted in pale shades seem higher.
  • High ceilings painted two or three shades darker than the walls will seem lower and thus will effectively warm the room.

  • Light Conditions

  • Warm colors will cheer up rooms with northern light.
  • Cool colors mellow out rooms with strong southern light.
  • Bright colors appear more vivid in strong light.
  • Neutral colors work well in rooms with east and west light.
  • Consider using bright, uplifting colors for halls, stairs, and connecting areas that people simply pass through.
  • Consider using deep colors in dim rooms. People often use white paint, but deep colors can turn a lack of light into a color asset.

  • Paint Colors

  • Paint color appear deeper in glossy or shiny paint sheens.
  • Colors appear brighter on the wall than they do in the can.
  • Colors look cooler when dry.

Door Finish

Door finish


Wood Finish

Wood finish


HGTV Designer's Challenge

Wall painting and trim