Zoe Kyriacos is an architectural color consultant. She advises clients of her Takoma Park Firm, Colors by Zoe, on paint colors for interiors and exteriors. Here are some of her pointers.

Consider the existing items in your room. Flooring, rugs, artwork and upholstery will suggest a color direction. Try to pull together these elements in your color choice. If your home is not furnished, make the paint color the last thing you choose; there are thousands of colors to choose from but maybe only one rug that you really love.

Take your paint samples home. Colors you select in the home depot aisle will look different under the lighting conditions in your home.

Don’t examine a paint sample against a white wall. color is affected by what surrounds it, and putting a sample on a white wall will cause it to appear darker than it really is. This results in many people making a choice that is too light. Put the paint sample against a sofa, wood furniture or flooring for a better perspective.

Take into account how color flows from room to room. If you have a modern house with an open floor plan, it’s important to use one wall color throughout the main floor. Add accent colors in a few carefully considered areas.