Closing out 2012

[full] Well, I have to admit that 2012 was a great year to be a paint contractor in Denver.  I know a lot of people are still complaining about the economy, but our little company grew almost 300% this year.  It was not all without some bumps in the road though.  We did have some […]

How to pick color that is perfect for YOU! Part II

[full] So here is the conclusion to our 6 steps for picking the perfect COLOR. 4. Pick a main color that will fill the majority of the home, and then find good accents that go with it.  Any place you have a door that closes, you can deviate.  Powder bathrooms are a good place to […]

How to Pick the Perfect Color for YOU!

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Most people are afraid of picking the wrong color, so they don’t paint at all, leaving rooms cold and lifeless.  In this two part blog, I want to show you the process I use to help our customers pick the perfect color.

I live in Highlands Ranch, CO.  One of the largest planned communities in the country.  Those that live outside of The Ranch will usually laugh or have some type   of smirk on their face when I tell them where I live.  “Oh, you live in Highlands Ranch!” they reply.  I know what that means.  It is typically viewed as a place where all the homes look alike, the kids all dress alike, and everyone drives a BMW.  I just laugh and say, “Well, I could never move out of Shangri La.”

While I think it is the best place in the world to live, I must admit, there is quite a lot of uniformity.  Neighborhoods are easy to get lost in due to the lack of architectural prowess, and the kids do somewhat dress a lot alike.  But what drives me crazy is how much all the interiors look the same.  They ALL have white walls.  Well, that is not exactly fair. Maybe 20% have done something to color their walls, but most do nothing.  Since it is a relatively new community (the first homes were built 25 years ago), most just keep the builder white.  If you are curious, it is actually called Aspen White by Kwal-Howell.

So why is this?  Is it because it is too expensive to paint?  Absolutely not.  Most people can paint their whole entire home for the cost of a dining room set.  Is it because people don’t like color?  No way.  People love color; and if you don’t believe me, go to the mall.  I think it is because they are afraid.  They are afraid of picking the wrong color.  We have all gone into the house that has 14 different colors and all just scream at you. That is not a fun place to be. We have also been in the house that has crazy accent walls, here, there, and everywhere.  But we have all also gone into that house, even if it was a model home, that just hit it right.  Everything melted together.  People are afraid to make the decision, and they don’t think they can do it.

Here is the best way I have found to pick colors.  No, I don’t have a 100%, knock it out of the park track record, but more times than not (let’s say 90% of the time) I hear, “Wow!  I would have never thought about using that. That looks amazing!”  But how do you do it? Here’s how I do it:

  1. The house has to be decorated.  You have your pictures picked out, your furniture, your fabrics, and your accessories.  That function I can NOT do. I am no interior designer.
  2. Think about colors you do not like, and steer clear away from any color with those as an undertone.  For example, you don’t like pink, stay away from any beige or gray that may have a little red in it.  In certain light it will look pink.
  3. Look at the things you have that decorate your home and pull colors from there.  It is funny how often I will walk a home, pick two colors in the living room or kitchen, and they will go with everything in the house.  People are consistent and will typically buy items that have similar colors…usually without thinking about it.

I have more to say on this, so check back for the conclusion to this…[/full]