All about Paint
It’s no secret that one of the simplest & most cost effective ways of updating any space is with paint. Deciding which color to choose is not an easy one for most – especially with so many different options out there. Even the pros among us are bound to take an occasional wrong turn around the color wheel now & again. My most memorable blunder happened in my first apartment. I thought it would be a brilliant idea to paint the entire master bedroom cranberry…yes, cranberry. I marched out & bought all of the supplies I needed, slapped on some painting clothes & excitedly got to work. After cutting in & rolling coat #1 onto the largest of the 4 walls I came to a few conclusions. A) I had definitely NOT purchased enough paint to even remotely complete my project. B) Apparently red hued colors take many coats to get an even look & C) I detested the color. I still hang my head in shame at that one… So, where is a girl to start?? Here are a few tips that I have learned over the years to choose the right paint color. Before beginning to design a space I usually start with a jumping off point – a favorite color drawn from artwork, a rug, dishes or furniture piece. When selecting a color, consider the mood you would like for your space. Do you want the feeling to be restful and soothing or dramatic and intimate? Soft, cool colors and neutrals usually create a quieter feeling while stronger colors add drama. Don’t forget to consider your home as a whole - transitioning color from one room to the next can be tricky and it doesn’t flow well if you’ve got bright orange in one room and bright pink in another. Try it on for Size. When you think that you’ve chosen your perfect color, purchase a tester jar or pint of paint to do a test patch. This will prove to be excellent insurance for less than $10. Paint a 12”x24” artist’s canvas (available at any dollar stores), or directly on your wall. Look at the color during the day – morning, afternoon & night. How does it look with the room’s flooring, wall coverings & furniture? If it isn’t right, get another pint & try again.