What Are Your Best Tips For Choosing Paint Colors?

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Q: As a graphic designer, I'm embarrassed to admit to my complete failure in paint selection! While I can expertly choose color for print and web projects, I fail at doing the same for walls. Time and time again, I choose a paint color that I am sure is positively perfect, and then, after spending hours with a roller, realize it's off. Sadly, this happens even if I bring home swatches and samples.

We live in an old rowhouse that is fairly absent of natural light, so sometimes I think that's the problem. At any rate, please share your best tips when choosing the perfect color for a room. My husband is pretty tired of painting the same room over and over again!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.