Okay, maybe I haven’t been in YOUR house specifically, but I have met lots of you and am well aware of this paint phobia epidemic. It must be stopped. Because all the while, as you are waiting for this “perfect” color, you are staring at a color you DON’T want. That’s not how it should be done. But it also is one of the reasons I have a job, so I guess I should tread lightly here, right?
So let’s talk about some things that can lead you closer to the holy grail.
~Flow. This is crucial to you falling in love with the overall look of your home. If you have an open floor plan or simply a room or two that are relatively open to one another, they need to relate. Often people shy away from this because they feel that either things will wind up too neutral or that you are simply choosing multiple shades of the same color. In regard to being “too neutral”, never fear. Your walls are not the only things in your room, in fact, far from it for most of us. Your furniture, pillows, window treatments and accessories add color and interest to your room. Do not discount them. And as for using multiple shades of the same or similar color, this adds incredible interest without being jarring. The effect is most often very soothing to the eye.
~Whatcha got? What are your favorite items around your house? I am not merely asking about the room you wish to paint, I am asking about the whole picture here. Quite often in perusing your home and choosing what items, furniture, accessories are your favorites you will begin to see a color theme that you didn’t even realize existed. The top three of these colors are the ones, in varying shades and saturations that should be spread throughout your house to create a cohesive look. These colors can be on walls, bedding, furniture, window treatments, pillows (a personal favorite because they are so versatile & can be changed out frequently) and accessories. It takes fewer items in a color than you’d think to pack a punch. Also, keep in mind that size, shape and texture of an item also adds interest to a room, even when the color remains the same.
~Testing & Sunlight. This is often a tough thing for clients to swallow, but you really should do multiple test patches of paint in a room before you buy all that paint and do the whole room. Colors look different at different times of day, on different walls & in relation to other surfaces in the room (floors, cabinetry, countertops…) Sunlight changes a color significantly, so your light filled conservatory & your windowless office will look completely different sporting the same hue. So test. Please. You will spend so little on the tiny sample jars and wind up feeling sure of your choice. It’s worth it. Benjamin Moore has started selling large paint swatches at limited locations. If you would rather this than paint, go for it. It will be a pricier venture, but perhaps a better solution for some.
~Daring colors. So you have always dreamed of dark purple walls? If you haven’t just gone for it, there is an element of fear that is holding you back. That’s okay (& sometimes a God-send). Why not try a focal wall? Or one horizontal stripe 16″ wide across the whole room? Or if you really just cannot pull the trigger, dark purple accessories? At this juncture we need to re-visit flow, because unless you have bold colors (or pops of them) throughout, you could be setting yourself up to be disappointed. Remember, your three favorite colors should be dispersed throughout. Flow is ultimately what will make you happy with your space as a whole.
I hope this helped you if you’re struggling with color selection! I’d love to see pics of the finished project! Have a beautiful day! ~Alyson