Choose Paint Colors (Almost) Last

Find Your Color Inspiration

How to choose paint colors:

  1. Begin at the Beginning – When you choose paint colors, be sure to have a starting point, whether it’s the fabric on your dining chairs or a pattern in your window treatments, a favorite area rug or a favorite piece of artwork. Define your color scheme by choosing two to four colors from the furnishings and finishes that are already in your home and will be staying.
  2. Know Your Likes and Dislikes – have fun noticing which colors you love in other homes, in restaurants, in magazines, and online. Knowing what you like will help ensure you use colors that you will love to come home to.
  3. Analyze the Undertones – Even whites have different colors underneath when compared with a true white. The key to creating a look of harmony is to match the undertones of your new paint colors to your existing undertones. Floors, countertops, stone, and fireplace surrounds count!
  4. Consider Mood – in addition to making your space visually beautiful, decide on the mood you want in each room. A mood is a feeling. For example a peaceful, calm room will help you recharge, restore, and relax, which is perfect for a bedroom. In a dining room where you entertain, you might want an energetic feeling that stimulates conversation. Think of how you want to use each room then use colors with personalities that match the mood you want.
  5. Consider Your Color Scheme for Remodels – When doing a total remodel or replacing cabinets, countertops, tile, and flooring, choose paint colors in conjunction with these elements. If the undertones in your granite are in the beige family and you want a gray color scheme, you will likely need to choose a different granite.
  6. Narrow Down Your Choices – Paint samples on large posterboard or foam-core
  7. Take Your Time – be sure to test the colors and sit with them, ponder, view them in different lighting conditions at different times of the day.
  8. Choose Paint Colors – Once you go through these steps, you will then be able to choose the right color the first time! If you want a professional consultation, click for Certified Color Expert help.

 

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.

Choose Paint Colors in Five Steps

Choose Paint Colors in Five Steps

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:

  • Cultivate your colors.

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.

  • Understand Undertones.

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.

  • Look at your lighting.

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.

  • Don’t skip the sample.

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.

How to Choose Colorful Paint for Your Front Door – Lake Orion, Michigan

How to Choose Colorful Paint for Your Front Door – Lake Orion, Michigan

Spring is finally here in Michigan! Now is a good time to add a fresh look to your front door with a splash of paint to welcome you home. How to pick a paint color for your front door? My client knew she wanted a turquoise color, but looking at all the paint swatches available, she wasn’t sure which to choose.

During my on-site consultation at her Lake Orion home, I assessed the color of her stone, siding, shingles, and landscaping to determine the undertones. Because her siding had orange undertones, we decided turquoise would be the perfect color to complement her exterior, especially because she already knew she liked it. We then looked at various large samples I brought to see how they looked in the lighting available. Her house faced North, so I knew we’d need a version of turquoise that would brighten the entry, avoiding the tones with more gray. Also, I made sure the color of the door looked good with the foyer walls inside her house, since the door would be open at times. A triad color scheme that added lime green from the accessories on her porch completed the design plan.

Following the rules of design and color, Color Confident Home will help you choose the perfect paint color for your front door. Call me at 248-509-4720.