Do you struggle with choosing paint colors for your home?
Do you have trouble visualizing what different colors will look like in your home?
Creating a floor plan with the colors you are considering is a great way to test them out, before you even open a can of paint! This tutorial will show you how easy it is to create your own paint color floor plan.
Recently, I shared two whole-house paint schemes I am considering for our new house, and I created color floor plans just like the one in today’s tutorial. You can see my Soothing and Sophisticated and Stormy Skies whole-house paint schemes by clicking on the titles.
Here’s how to make your own paint scheme floor plan.
1. Create your floor plan.
Use an online floor planner to draw up your house’s floor plan, or sketch your floor plan on graph paper and scan it into your computer. Alternately, you could simply choose a floor plan that is similar to yours from the 1000s available on sites like eplans.com or houseplans.com.
2. Choose your colors.
Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore color collections are a great place to start because the colors are designed to go well together. If you like neutrals (uh, who doesn’t), I really love the Sherwin Williams Essentials Palettes. Just do a google search and they will pop up.
3. Download a photo of the paint chip or palette you want to use to your computer.
I used a paint palette I had already created for the photos in this tutorial (tutorial on how to create a custom digital paint palette is coming!)
For each color you want to try, do a google search for that color, say “Sherwin Williams Alabaster paint chip” and look at the image results. There should be a chip or maybe a palette that includes that color. Make sure its the right color by checking the title or going to the source of the image. Save the image to your computer with the color’s name as the file name.
It might be helpful to create a folder on your computer to put all of your paint chips in so they are easy to find when you need them.
Got your floor plan and paint colors? Good!
Here’s the paint palette I am using for this tutorial, also found in this post:
Go to PicMonkey and select “edit” from the options at the top.
Next, open the overlays tab by clicking on the butterfly in the left side column.
At the top of this tab you will click where it says “Your Own,” to open the paint chip (saved to your computer in step 3) or palette you are using. You don’t have to create a paint palette first, especially if you have a good idea of what colors you think you want in each room.
Select to open your paint chip or paint palette.
Drag the paint chip or palette off to the side so it’s not in your way. Then, in the overlays tab click on “Geometric” and choose the first rectangle; you can click it or drag onto your floor plan.
This rectangle can be resized to fit each room you are going to “color” with your paint chip colors. We will start with the color for the family room. In the overlay box that comes up when you click on the rectangle, click on the black box that says “Color 2.”
This box will open a color palette like the one below. Click on the eye dropper. Now when you hover over something it will change the color of the rectangle to that color.
At this point you can choose to leave the box opaque and type in the name of each room as I did in the floor plan in this post, or you can add some fade to the color so you can see the text behind it (only 10-20%), as I did in this post.
If you are using paint chips instead of a paint palette, you will need to open each paint chip individually as an overlay when you are ready to use it. When you’re done, simply delete the paint chip from your screen.
Below you can see I have added text to the boxes and rooms using the “Add text” box, which is at the top of the text page under “Tt.”
In the end, I decided to leave this one with opaque colors and text overlay, but you can play around as you go to see what you prefer. You will see in the above photo that I still have one room with some transparency. So, it’s ok to mess with it until you figure out how you like it. Just keep in mind that you can’t save a work-in-progress on PicMonkey, so DON’T close your browser until you’ve finished and have your masterpiece saved!
You did it! Congratulations, now you are hooked LOL. At least I know I am! I have another “whole house paint scheme” in the works so be on the lookout.
Was this tutorial helpful? Do you think you would benefit from creating a digital paint color floor plan for your home?
Thanks for reading and happy designing!