So, you're looking to repaint a room -- let's say your bedroom. You're ready to get rid of that builder-grade beige and decide to go for your favorite color, blue. You go to the paint section of the local home improvement store and have to choose from four different displays of paint swatches. The largest display seems to have too many choices, so you choose to browse one the smaller displays. Still, there are more than a dozen shades of blue, so you pick six swatches to take home. When you take them home and hold them against your bedroom wall, they all look completely different than they did in the store! Still, by holding them up and squinting at each swatch in turn, you finally decide on your favorite. You buy a gallon of paint, spend all Saturday painting your bedroom, then step back to realize your bedroom looks like a baby boy's nursery. No wonder so many people hate to paint!
Unless you love the nuances of color and spend a lot of time looking at paint colors, the whole process can seem overwhelming. Every paint color has undertones -- pink, purple, blue, green, or yellow -- and those undertones can make your space look either fresh or dated. In addition to undertones, you also have to watch for the intensity of the color. What looks like a mild blue on that little swatch may look like a circus color when it's on your walls.
When I was choosing a paint color for my daughter's room, I knew I was looking for pink (her favorite color!). But I didn't want a pink that looked like it belonged in a nursery, because I wanted the color to be able to grow with her. In order to get the right shade of pale pink, I didn't exactly choose a pink at all -- the color was actually called Gorgeous White:
In fact, when I told the employee at the paint store that I was looking for a pink color and then asked for Gorgeous White, he questioned my choice and said he thought I was looking for pink! Paint store employees can be very knowledgeable about paint and can even advise you on popular colors, but they probably won't be able to help you choose the best color for your space.
On the swatch, the paint looked barely pink, leaning towards brown, but on the walls: perfect!
So, if you're thinking about painting, just skip the headache of that first paragraph, and ask me about a color consultation! I bring all the color swatches to your home, take away the guesswork, and help you find the color that will both complement and freshen your space -- all for about the price of a gallon of paint! Color consultations start at $25 for one room, $10 for a second room, and $5 for each additional room in the same consultation.
You'll still have to do the painting but, well, at least you'll only have to do it once!