Picking paint for the interior walls has been a challenge for us. Em and I process these kinds of decisions in very different ways. Here’s the system we’ve hit on that works:
1. We pick a room we’re working on and go to home depot. We then get any and all swatches that could possibly, even remotely make sense.
2. We go home and cut the swatches apart so it’s one color per piece.
3. I walk around with the pile staring at walls and doing first round cuts. Discards are thrown gleefully to the floor.
4. I had the pile to Em and she walks around making cuts in the same fashion.
5. She hands the pile back to me. If it’s sufficiently small (say 2-5), we’ll tape or hold those contenders up and decide between them. Usually this is a bracket system where we say “I like this one better than this one”. If there’s still too many, we repeat steps 3-4.
My personal process is to wander around and look at sight lines and think about how the pallet will match whatever we’re working on. While I think globally about the house palette, I don’t feel particularly confined to sticking with 3 or 4 colors and repeating or varying on them. For me, it’s more about mood setting and where I want to start with decorating. So far I’m feeling pretty good about our choices even though I don’t think they’ll all look good until the room is cleaned and finished with window dressings and things hanging on the walls. Though we still have a lot of rooms to go and most of the 2nd floor will just be primed white by the time we move in.