Choosing a new wall color for any room doesn’t have to be an exercise in frustrated indecision. While the final answer comes down to personal preference, getting to that step should incorporate a few considerations.

Mood – Is your room a tranquil retreat or a bright kitchen perfect for conversations during meal prep? Colors that correspond with the overall feeling you want in the room will pull the look together instead of contrasting with it.

Furniture & flooring – While you might not think of color when it comes to your furniture and existing flooring, you have to consider how they will work against a backdrop of blue or grey or tan or orange. Warm wood flooring can anchor a space of cool shades while a cool wall can act as the perfect foil for warm wood and leather furniture.

Consult a color wheel – Interior designers rely on the color wheel to be sure they’re making appropriate suggestions to clients for everything from paint to rugs to furniture to accent pillows. Complimentary colors are opposite each other; blues across from oranges and violet shades face tones of yellow, providing great examples of how to pair cool shades with warm.

Samples – A few ounces of paint to test is never a bad idea. Most paint stores offer sample shades for around $5, and it is money well spent. Choose a 2′ x 2′ square on each wall and apply the shades up for consideration. Leave the colors alone for a few days and really gauge how they play with the light – both natural and overhead – and whether or not they complement existing furnishings.

Visit websites – Several paint manufacturers offer customers the option of uploading a photo of their room to virtually paint it. This way, homeowners are getting a feel for how their paint will look without having to actually dip any brushes in a paint can.