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1. Boldly Shop Your Closet
Figuring out where to start can be the hardest part. If you don't have a specific color in mind, interior designer and The Big Book of Chic author Miles Redd has a suggestion: Take a closer look at your wardrobe. "Look for the common themes and what colors draw you in," he explains. "If your closet is full of gypsy caftans and old vintage furs, let that inspire what colors you choose."

In fact, your entire paint palette could come from a single item. When you take a picture using a paint-selection tool like Benjamin Moore's Color Capture or Sherwin-Williams' ColorSnap, the app will immediately pull out key colors and match them to the respective brands' paint colors.