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If you’ve decided to remodel or paint your home before the holidays, plan paint colors NOW! Whether for the interior or the exterior, now is the time to start thinking about your color scheme and paint colors. Painters, builders, and color consultants need time to work you into their schedules and order supplies before the work starts.
For painting, allow a couple days to test paint colors under different lighting conditions. Buying small samples and painting two coats on a large piece of foam core board allows you to move the board around to each side of the house or room at different times of the day and in sunny and cloudy conditions. Seeing the paint on a larger scale and in the lighting in and around your home will help you choose the right color the first time. Please do not make the mistake of choosing a paint color at the paint store! For exteriors, assess the undertones of the whole house, the roof, any stone or pavers, the landscaping, decks, and neighboring houses. For interiors, look at undertones in all fixed finishes such as stone, countertops, tile, fireplaces, fixtures, and flooring. All these need to be considered before you choose a paint color.
When doing a total remodel or replacing cabinets, countertops, tile, and flooring, plan paint colors in conjunction with these elements. The total time to design, schedule contractors, order supplies, and execute the work can take between four to six weeks for a kitchen or four to eight months for a whole house renovation. Check with your builder for more exact times.
Keeping these starting points in mind will help you complete your project well before the holidays and with much less stress. If you need help choosing your paint colors or color scheme for interiors or exteriors, contact me. I will help reduce your stress by using my Certified Six-Step Color Read Process to help you choose the right colors the first time!
Choose Paint Colors in Five Steps
Choosing Paint Colors
Are you overwhelmed with the task of choosing paint colors for your home? Small color chips do not give homeowners a true idea of how paint colors will look on the expanse of a wall. According to a Benjamin Moore survey, fifty percent of paint sales come from people choosing the wrong color the first time.
As a certified color consultant, I have observed many house interiors and exteriors. Some homes have different colors in every room, while others still have “builders’ white” in abundance. Many homeowners choose neutral paint colors but use different tones in each room. So how do you add color and create a look of harmony and balance?
Break it Down into Five Steps:
Decide which you like and don’t like. Dream, do a vision board, peruse the paint chips at a paint store, look in magazines and on Pinterest or Houzz.com (search for Color Confident Home and look at my idea boards on both sites).
- Start with the 60-30-10 rule of design.
Sixty percent of your room color will be a neutral or a color that is a backdrop for your furniture, accessories and artwork. Neutrals can be grey, white, or beige and also light to medium colors that work as a backdrop to other colors. The majority of neutrals have either cool or warm undertones of a color. Blues, greens, and violets fall on the cool side with reds, yellows, golds, and oranges on the warmer end. Warm whites and creams, muted colors such as yellows, oranges, and reds look best with beige neutrals, while cool whites, black, and bright, vivid colors look best with gray neutrals. A current trend mixes warm colors and cool colors, but to get it right you must have a mix of texutres and an eye for design. Walls with vivid colors can create a dramatic look, as long as design rules are followed and the eye has a focal point as well as a balance that allows the eye to rest.
Look at your existing furniture, cabinets, and other fixed items like countertops and flooring. What are the undertones in your current colors? If your sofa is brown with a pinkish hue, you’ll want to find paint colors in the same undertone family. If your carpeting is gold-beige, be sure you choose neutral paint colors with gold undertones. Choose your trim color based on your undertones. Off-whites and creams go well with warm, muted colors while white and cooler off-whites provide a crisp look for cool colors.
Natural light, the number of windows in room, time of day and season affect the color of light entering your home, as well as how the colors in the room will look. Your artificial lighting, including the amount, type, and color of bulbs, also determines how paint colors will look on your walls.
After you narrow down your choices to two or three, buy small paint sample containers and paint a piece of two-foot by two-foot foam-core or poster board with two coats. Let dry overnight, and then view the sample on different walls in your room at different times of day over several days. You will then be able to choose your paint color with confidence!
For more ideas, see my idea book at Color Confident Home – Houzz. Also, follow me on Facebook here. For a consultation or a quote contact me.