Choosing your paint colors for faux finish painting techniques
Choosing the paint colors for the faux finish on your walls can be one of the most difficult decisions to make when embarking on a faux painting project.  What paint colors should I use????  Nine times out of ten, the clients I have faux painted for in the last ten years left that answer up to me.  
 
A great place to start in choosing your paint colors is to match any colors that appear in the existing decor of the room, whether they are found in the tile, curtains, bedspreads or even bathroom accessories.  Using at least two paint colors is preferable.  For instance, in one bathroom I faux painted, the tile, tub and toilet were all different colors. By incorporating the 3 colors on the wall, it brought unity and sense to the existing features.  
 
Another suggestion is to go with a contrasting paint color.  This works great, especially when you have solid color fixtures or furniture.  In other words, if you have a solid brown sofa with solid brown curtains, you don’t want to faux paint a brown paint color on the wall.  Rather, you should choose a contrasting green or golden color.  Don’t be afraid of adding dramatic colors to your walls.  Besides, it’s just paint and you can always paint over.
 
Visiting model homes or scanning through some Home Decorating Magazines can give you ideas, also.  There are some neat programs online where you can actually view a variety of paint color choices using an existing room.  
 
We have even put together a Color Suggestion for Faux Painting E-Book that can be a great help in getting your creative juices flowing.  The best part is that for a limited time, it is emailed to you FREE OF CHARGE.  Find suggestions on what paint colors to use for the Old World Parchment faux finish.
There are a variety of colors we suggest for Faux Color Wash, Faux Brick and many others, also.  As we add pages, we will notify you so you can update your file. You can print the E-Book for your personal use, too.  Since you will be using the tools included in the DVD Faux Painting kit, some faux finishes show you suggestions on how to load your Multi-Color Faux Palette.  The book is at least a $30 value and as we add pages, the value will only increase.  
Many years ago, I made up my own faux painting color swatches so matching paint colors to the decor in a room was made easier. The choosing of colors for any job after that was never a guessing game, thank God.  Although I used to make up my own colors with acrylic paint, I decided to help others by picking the most popular paint colors I used and matching them to existing latex paint colors.  This way, picking colors for their projects will save them time and lots of leg work.  To begin with, we have used Sherwin Williams paint colors but in the future we plan to have paint color swatches for Benjamin Moore and Porter Paints, too.  Each swatch card has actual paint faux painted on so you can see what the colors look like when they have been mixed with a glaze.  It can be tricky to choose the right hue and shade of a color, especially when you know that the glaze will lighten the paint depending on how much you use.  These paint color swatches have an actual paint chip that can be matched with any computer system at most paint stores and are now available for a low cost.  At Murals and Faux Painting, our slogan is “Faux Finishing just Got Easier!”  We have no doubt in our mind that you will agree.
Faux Painted Color Swatches
 
Eleven of the most popular colors used in faux finishing
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Now you can match the colors in the features of your rooms with your own faux painted color swatches.  Eliminate the guess work of picking the right paint colors to use on your walls or floors.
 
The swatches have real painted color chips with the name and number for the paint used printed on the back.  We have used paint colors from Sherwin Williams but you can take the color chip to any store and have them match the color with their computer system.
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