Building & Renovating

Building 101: Choosing the Best Colors for Your Space

Picking the right hues need not be unnerving


Blue, yellow, or pink? How about beige or peach? Choosing the right colors for the different rooms in the house can be daunting but you can pass this task with flying colors. Here’s an easy 1-2-3 guide that can help you.

Photographed by Ocs Alvarez / ACME Visual Productions (main photo) and Jun Pinzon (products).

Read the original article ("Color Scoreboard") in the February 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Let this list guide you:
1. Shortlist it.

Limit yourself to five color choices.

2. Do a color upsize.

 Get paint samples or swatches – opt for the largest ones available at paint centers.

Tip: If there are no large swatches available, you can make your own with sample- size paint cans, and test it on illustration boards.

3. Make wall hangings.

 Hang them against the wall to get an idea of how the color will appear in the space. Choose your best bet!

Tip: Move the samples from wall to wall and note how the colors change at different times of the day. A sample may look aqua in daylight, but more of a pale blue in interior light.

When choosing paint colors, consider the types and style of furniture you have at home, plus the mood you want to create. For example, in living rooms, go for neutral hues or lighter shades for a light and open feel. – Tom Padua, marketing manager, Ace Paints 

Real Tip: Remember to paint a room in his order – so you don’t paint yourself into a corner!

  1. Ceiling
  2. Moulding, trim, baseboards
  3. Cut in around trims
  4. Walls
  5. Second coat on walls
  6. Clean up!

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