The sooner you focus in on one general color, the better. Once you settle on a broad color family, (gray, for instance), eliminate all the other sample strips. Next, narrow down your shade: light, dark, or in between? Pick the area of the sample strips that represent the shade you’re going for, and identify 3 or 4 colors that appeal to you on first sight. Pull these colors out and compare to pick the one or two final candidates that will work best in your home.