Picking paint colours typically scares the bejesus out of you, doesn’t it ! ? How many colours have you applied and you are still standing there staring at that wall. Welcome to the world of being paint pinned, frozen in fear .. Lordie girl go get a manicure and read this blog….
The Paint Chip
FYI : Colours on those tiny paint chips are brighter on your wall. If you find a colour you like, I suggest you go a shade darker and a shade lighter than your preferred choice. So now you are working with three colours. Take these chips home and take a peak and look at them in every setting of the day, morning, noon and evening. Once you narrow it down, and hopefully you will get the paint store to mix a small paint pot of your choice and paint that bad boy on your wall , a couple of coats in a 4 by 4 square.
If you follow me you know I adore colour and love to utilize it when I can. Not every client is as exited about colour as I am . That’s why we have the great neutrals to pick from, I will get to that topic in a wee bit.
The key to colour combos is making sure you use common undertones in your choices. Brown undertones, yellow undertones, blue undertones etc.. and don’t get caught up on the names of the colours . Sometimes those names are accurately descriptive and others are not. Brown/ grey undertones depicted below utilizing the fireplace as the focal point .
My best tip, make sure you use washable matte paint for your walls. Shine, high gloss will cause light to bounce off the wall and trust me , the eye just doesn’t know where to settle as the colour is reflecting everywhere. Honestly the colour will look richer in a matte. Save that satin and semigloss finish for your trim.
Be Brave but not Reckless
Gawd I am so sick of these neutrals and I want to step out of my comfort zone. Here’s a tip , try a pop of color as an accent wall . Just remember if the house has an open floor plan make sure you know where best to carry the colour. Oh yes and NO accent walls are not out of style. They don’t resonate with everyone but they are still okie dokie.
My Favorite Neutrals
My heart belongs to Benjamin Moore… I feel it is the best product out there, full stop! My favs right now…
If all else fails, get yourself a Professional colour consult.
If you just can’t stand one more millisecond of being overwhelmed contact an Interior Designer for help. It really is not that expensive of an endeavor and seriously it will save you time. money and grief. A great interior designer will take the time to ascertain your taste, style and the mood you are trying to hone in on. I had a client once that was so specific, she wanted to make sure I really got it, I want cozy Lori, nothing but cozy in every space. It’ s hard I understand, it is my job to understand and the best place to start is finding what you don’t like. So much easier to eliminate , I haven’t met a client yet that can’t point out colours that don’t resonate with them.
A Colour Consultation , how does it work?
I charge by the hour with a minimal 90 minute consultation. Every designer is a bit different but that is how I roll . Let me tell you alot can be accomplished in that 90 minutes. When I arrive we will walk through the space and chat about how each room is used / function , talk about the existing decor , what is staying what is being replaced. I will assess the lighting in each room. We will chat about your vision and I will spend alot of time getting to understand your personal style. I will take a few photos for reference. Within 3-5 business days after the consultation I will send you a jpeg with three colour options/schemes for your space in question. I will provide you with my favorite right out of the gate.
Once you have decided I will then follow-up with the colour names, number and finish ahh it will be Benjamin Moore as the paint brand and I will even provide the name of a painter for your convenience.
This topic I could write pages on but I hope the above will get you moving in the right direction. You might end up as a happy client. We did 30 colours for this clients home, YUP SERIOUSLY !