Take The Guesswork Out Of Choosing Paint Colors

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Color, Furnishings |

Previously published in Suburban Woman Northwest Suburbs

Previously published in Suburban Woman Northwest Suburbs

When working with a design client, one of the first questions they ask is related to paint color or wall-coverings. With an empty room to decorate, one thinks selecting the wall color is the first thing you should do. Actually, it is the LAST! And here is why:

Paint is infinite. It can be mixed in an endless number of colors. Fabric, on the other hand, is relatively limited. Therefore, it is much easier to coordinate paint to the furnishings in the room, than the furnishings to the paint. After purchasing your furniture and waiting for it to be delivered, you may be tempted to borrow a fabric sample from the furniture store to guide you in selecting your paint or wall coverings. But it probably won’t work. Fabrics are produced in different runs or dye lots. The sample fabric you bring home will not be the same fabric used on your furniture. It will be from a different bolt, run or dye lot. This can cause a design disaster. When ordering fabric from my company, we can get a “Cutting For Approval,” which is an actual piece of fabric from the same bolt of fabric that will be used on your furniture. This eliminates the “guessing game” associated with coordinating paint colors.

The next problem faced is that ALL colors come in various undertones. You may think “white is white” or “black is black” but that is not the case. Have you ever put on 2 different black garments, thinking that they looked the same but only to discover they are different blacks in the daylight? Perhaps one is “browner” and one is “bluer”. They are both black but different blacks. Usually, the lighting in a paint store is not the same lighting in the room that you are trying to decorate. And a sample paint chip is usually not large enough to determine if that color will be a good fit in your room. The white line between colors on some sample paint chip strips can change the way the color is read by your eyes. Put that all together and once again, you could have a design disaster. As a designer, I have access to paint samples that are much more generous in size and can be put on the wall so you can see the actual color at all times of the day and night as the lighting in the room changes.  I can help you determine the correct color and undertones that will coordinate your furnishings and create the look that you want. Call today so Interior Inspiration can help you feel more ‘at home’ in your home!