Color, whether neutrals or the earth hues trending today, play an important role in creating hierarchy, harmony and flow in your home. So many of my clients call me once they have installed new countertops, carpeting flooring, tile or other hard finishes. They’re ready to choose a paint color. No problem, right? Wrong!
Fitting the last piece of the “puzzle” into your rooms is the hard way to choose paint colors and it results in a very limited palette. You may not be happy with the choices that work!
Step #1: Decide on a Specific Mood for the Space
The most successful remodeling projects begin with an assessment of the space. The psychology of color plays a big role in personal preferences. Consider how you want your space to feel. What mood or vibe are you looking to achieve? Soft and cozy? Dark and moody? Nature inspired comfort? Clean, elegant, and neutral? Or colorful and vibrant?
The purpose of each room will give you hints, also. Energetic colors like reds, yellows and oranges and work well in offices, dining rooms and other spaces. Greens, blues, pinks are calming and good for places of relaxation and bedrooms. Browns, grays, blacks and neutrals can be warm and comforting or elegant and sophisticated.
Step #2: Search for a Variety of Images for Visual Inspiration
For help visualizing your space, search for inspiration photos on Pinterest, Houzz, Instagram, or in magazines. Hone in on what you like about each space and how it makes you feel. Gather photos with whole rooms that you like the feel of, as well as rooms containing elements, furnishings and accessories you like.
Step #3: Determine Each Element of the Design Up-Front
Before you install the fixed finishes you are considering, gather multiple samples of each material you are installing, such as carpeting, backsplash, countertop, tile and wood flooring. For granite and other large stone with pattern, be sure to request to see the actual large sample you will be having installed. Many clients have come home to countertops with orange veining because the small sample had none.
View the samples IN YOUR HOME with the natural and artificial lighting you plan to use.
Step #4: Edit, Assess, Repeat, Finalize…Then Implement
Before you order and have materials installed, call an experienced color expert who can measure the hue families of the materials you’re considering. They will help you narrow down the right paint colors to coordinate with each new material, as well as any materials, furnishings, and artwork staying in each room.
Choosing the paint color at the same time as the rest of the materials is the only way to ensure that your selection will align with your vision and create harmony and flow in your home. Looking for more guidance in choosing the right paint colors? Call us!
We want you to love the colors you come home to!
If you’re ready for a pro to help you choose your paint colors and design finishes all at once, I would be honored to help. Reach out and let’s chat!
Color Confidently Yours,
The time for a design refresh is here. You’re tired of the old, outdated look of your bedroom or your living room. All the advice from HGTV and well-meaning friends, the overwhelming choices, time-draining searches on Pinterest, and multiple trips to stores looking for the perfect furnishings and accessories for your room redesign are stressing you out.
We’re here to let you know that we get it. We’ve been there. And we have a solution to help you.
Whether you’re struggling to create a certain look or you just don’t have time or energy to get started, we have the answer. We can help with the indecision of choosing from thousands of options and alleviate your fear of making the wrong choices. Let us curate beautifully designed rooms with furnishings and accessories just for you.
If you need customized help to choose a specific look, furnishings you’ll love, a confident color scheme, and a purposefully designed look, we have a service you’ll love. You’ll get peace of mind, time to do other things on your to-do list, and more rest and relaxation (we hope!) — not to mention admiration from friends and family for your intentional designed look.
How It Works
In our easy eDesign process, all you need to do is first answer a style questionnaire and provide some photos. We’ll then set up a customized design board and curate items from various vendors for you based on your answers. Finally, you’ll choose your favorite furnishings and accessories from the look we’ve created for you. You will simply click on the items to purchase directly from the vendors and then have them delivered to directly to your home!
A recent busy client needed help with her living room eDesign. My team and I curated furnishings and accessories and created a look for her room that aligned with her style preferences and the rest of her home. She didn’t have to take time out of her busy schedule to search online or go to stores or fret about making the right decisions.
A Professional Design You’ll Love
Give yourself a gift: avoid the indecision, sleepless nights, conflicting advice from family and friends, and trips to every home furnishing store in town. We’re here to give you peace of mind, more time with family, and also, a look you will love!
We are thrilled to have openings for our eDesign service. We are here to provide busy professionals, couples, and families a professionally-styled room design for the new year.
Have a question about this service? Ready to begin? Contact us here so we can get the party started!
Color Confidently Yours,
Greens in nature
WITH 2022 HALF OVER, many of our clients are asking us how to update the gray trend with the new color trend. The answer involves incorporating earth colors! Yes, the gray trend is ending – finally. The current trend toward earth tones is very different than the browns, beiges, golds, olives, and maroons of the 80s. Colors for 2022 are warmer, earth-toned schemes of updated beiges, blues, greens, browns, warm grays, whites, and greiges. We’re even seeing more pinks and peaches, like the early morning sky of a new day. “If you’re afraid to bring more color into your home, you need not worry,” – says Lili Englehart of Color Confident Home. “Using neutrals on your walls as a backdrop is not going out of style.”
Though we are getting lots of requests for color on walls, clients who want to change up accessories often, or per season, gravitate toward neutral backdrops on their walls so they have the freedom of variety. Others feel calmed by using neutrals all around. The key to creating depth and a designed look with all neutrals is to use pattern and texture. So whether you want to add color to your home or choose from the myriad of neutrals and their hues, we can help. We take the fear out of choosing colors that are right for you and your home with 3 Easy Steps to colors you’ll love!
The New Color Trend
Sherwin-Williams 2022 Color of the Year
Design trends typically have a lifespan of about seven to ten years. Fads, such as the current black and white craze, go out of style even quicker. Besides the normal lifespan of color and design trends, the COVID-19 pandemic also contributed to the new color trend. Just as the pandemic has shaped every other aspect of life, its effects have also reached home design. With everyone working and studying at home 24/7, being surrounded by gray became depressing quickly. As Joa Studholme, the color curator for Farrow & Ball, recently said in a New York Times article, “There’s nothing about gray that evokes wellness….There is a tendency to crave warm tones in challenging times.” She goes on, “It’s all about being warm and earthy and choosing deeply saturated color. It’s about trying something that gives you a great big hug.” Notice the similarities in 2022 Colors of the Year – the choices reflect this need for color. For instance, Farrow & Ball’s Tanner’s Brown, Scotch Blue, Green Smoke and India Yellow, Benjamin Moore’s Aegean Teal (2021) and October Mist (2022), and Sherwin Williams’ Urbane Bronze (2021) and Evergreen Fog (2022) all offer a much needed atmosphere of comfort.
Benjamin Moore 2022 Color Palette
Lili emphasized, “It’s especially important to move away from gray in Midwestern states, where six months out of the year are cold and gray outside. We don’t want to bring that chilliness inside!” Updated neutral options, such as greiges and light beiges, instead make the home feel more inviting after coming in from the winter cold. Even some warm grays can make a drastic difference as opposed to neutral or cool grays.
Update the Gray Trend with the New Color Trend: Earth Colors
If your home is currently in the gray trend, and you’re stumped on how to update, don’t fret. There are plenty of solutions to create a fresh look, while incorporating the gray you already have in your home with the incoming color trends. Many people look to only update one or two rooms at a time, then follow up with the other rooms at a later date. This often leaves clients wondering how they can refresh some spaces with new colors and decor without dating rooms with older color palettes.
A great way to avert this concern is to assess the overall color scheme of your home and the new colors you wish to include, even if the rooms are different styles. Then, choose furniture and accessories that have accents of colors and elements from each room to create a connection. Small, less expensive items such as pillows, throws, rugs, and artwork are a few of the many accessories you may consider to achieve this. For example, if you have a recently updated kitchen and dining area from the gray trend and a colorful living room with blues and greens, you could use a tablecloth with blues, greens, and hints of gray in the kitchen/dining area and an area rug or artwork with a similar color scheme in the living room. The 60-30-10 rule is a helpful tool to keep in mind to create harmony and flow amongst the varying rooms in your home. Color Confident Home will help you with a new color scheme, and if you need help furnishing or accessorizing a particular room, we can create an eDesign to help you furnish and accessorize one room at a time!
Color Confident Home eDesign using the 60-30-10 Rule
Listen to your home
Most importantly, listen to your home. This seems like a simple suggestion, however mixing color and design trends is tricky. We often see homes decorated with competing and mismatched components due to too many patterns or uncoordinated hues. Beth Maguire, the Benjamin Moore designers’ representative in Michigan, best put it in words, “Design for the home you have, not the home you want.” If you struggle to find a balance between what you want and what your home wants, take into consideration the fixed finishes that are difficult and expensive to replace. If your budget doesn’t allow a total remodel, consider the fixed elements and take them into consideration when deciding on a new color scheme. They include, but are not limited to, flooring/carpeting, tile, countertops, cabinets, fireplaces, etc. Any elements not being replaced must be coordinated with your new color scheme in order to create a deliberate, designed look that has harmony and flow throughout your home. For an expert color consultation, call us or send us an email!
“I’m stuck choosing a paint color! Should I to turn to my painter for a recommendation?” Choosing paint colors is a daunting task. Upon first thought, asking your painter may seem like a good plan of action. But beware of painter-recommended color troubles! Painters are not necessarily trained in color and are very busy. They are skilled in painting but can’t give their full attention required to choose the right colors for your home. “So who is the best person to help me choose colors I will love?” you may ask. Lili Englehart, assistant color consultant, explains why our processes at Color Confident Home are a better, more accurate option. Using a Certified Color Expert will leave you feeling secure in your color choices before they go up on a wall.
Painter-Recommended Color Troubles
To begin, painters usually recommend what happens to be popular in their most recent jobs. As of right now, those colors tend to be neutrals, mainly grays. Your painter has good intentions, but you may run into painter-recommended color troubles! Although painters work with color in their day-to-day jobs, they may not be up-to-date on current color trends. What is in? What is passe? More importantly, they may not be able to predict what the next upcoming trends will be, and which ones will soon be fading out. For example, it is predicted within the next few years the gray trend will phase out, and more colorful schemes will trend. However, if you want to sell in the near future, it is best to choose more timeless and classic colors. Someone who specializes in color trends, like a Certified Color Expert, studies the most current and future color trends. With us by your side, you’ll have more confidence to choose the right colors for YOU!
Stuck with Pocket-sized Paint Chips?
“Why does the color on my wall look so different from the pocket-sized paint chips or the walls in my friend’s house?” Even though a paint chip or a painter-recommended color can look great in one home, it might not look so great in another. First, a color from a small paint chip or splotches painted on the wall will not give you a realistic idea of what it will look like. Color gets lighter and brighter on a large area. More importantly, the distortion may be caused by uncoordinated hue families. To the untrained and even well-trained eye, it is difficult to determine the specific hue family of a color. Special tools that scientifically analyze color data give us accurate results from which to choose colors. Thus we coordinate the hue families with your existing furnishings and fixed finishes to create harmony and flow in your color scheme. Check out our 3 Easy Steps to confident color selection.
Lighting Enlightenment for Choosing Color
Another important factor to consider when choosing colors is lighting know-how. Not all painters are aware how lighting can affect color. Lighting can make or break the look of a color once it is up on the wall. Different types of lighting such as warm, cool, fluorescent, and daylight all change the appearance of a color. For instance, grays are particularly tricky. In one lighting condition such as cool light, a gray could appear to have a hint of purple. The exact same gray in warm lighting conditions could have a hint of yellow. Even the direction from which natural light comes into a room can affect how a color will look. It is best to view a color in the same conditions in which it will regularly appear in your home, including lighting. At Color Confident Home, we show you a tried-and-true testing process to ensure you can accurately envision the colors we recommend. Confidently choose the right colors before you paint your walls!
Choosing a Paint Color with Confidence
Painting is an expensive endeavour. Choosing a paint color with confidence allows you to live with a color you love without the expense of repainting. A painter could get lucky, but playing the odds on a big job like painting your home is risky and unnecessary. Rather than being stuck choosing a paint color, Color Confident Home can help you choose colors that will suit the needs of your home. With Color Confident Home’s specific, scientific color data, larger paint swatches, and a foolproof color testing technique, you will feel more confident. Our mission is to help you choose the right colors the first time!
You’re Ready to Upgrade or Remodel But Don’t Know Where to Start?
If the coronavirus has suddenly brought your upgrade or remodel to a halt, you’re in the right spot. Now you can get that designer look without leaving the safety and comfort of your home. Discover eDesign! At Color Confident Home, we’ll help you make choices that fit your style AND your budget.
A Perfect Solution
You’re stuck at home and decide to finally upgrade the rooms you’ve put off. Or you’re right in the middle of your remodel with no idea how to finish. And now you can’t go to the stores due to potential coronavirus crowds. Plus you already feel exhausted at the thought of an endless search for the perfect furnishings and accessories. Look no further.
We will curate a design board just for you! First we’ll do a Facetime discovery call to help you decide on the perfect package. Then you’ll answer a questionnaire about your style and some more details about your project. Once we receive all your infomation, our designers will use the rules of design to create harmony, flow, and balance in each room. Then we’ll search a variety of vendors for furniture, area rugs, throw pillows, bedding, lighting, artwork, accessories and more. And finally, we’ll put together a design board with furnishings and accessories that are perfect for you!
When you receive your design board by email, YOU decide on your favorites. Then just click on the items to order straight from the vendors. AND have them delivered RIGHT to your home! You’ll purchasing direct and avoid trips to multiple stores, which are probably closed right now anyway! You also SAVE money and time while protecting your health and your peace of mind.
Contact 248-509-4720 and schedule your FREE Facetime Discovery Call to discuss your design project or click HERE to sign up for our package options now!