Step One: Picking out the paint color. This might be one of the hardest steps because you have to pick only one color and you have to live with it. When picking out a paint color, it is important to get samples. Basing a decision on a tiny square swatch is not the most accurate. Often times when painting over a larger surface, the color looks darker than it did on the swatch or there is a hint of another color that you didn’t see. It’s worth it to pay a little extra for samples and see the color applied over a large surface. I ended up choosing several different colors and Dutch Boy Paint was nice enough to send me samples of each of them. I painted a small section of each color in my library and lived with the colors for a couple of days to see which one I liked best. It’s important to see what the color looks like at different times of the day, with different lighting, and in your particular space.