Tips on the Right Color for Your Home

Love This Living Room Paint Color Storm Benjamin Moore My Benjamin Moore Living Room Colors - Living Room Ideas

Benjamin Moore Storm – AF -700

We’ve all been there; the time has come to paint the walls in your home.  The first task at hand – to search the internet of course! Saving all those perfect color pallets and photos to our Pinterest boards.  Like this beautiful gray, Dovetail – from Sherwin Williams. (It’s on my Pinterest board!) Then, it is time to go to the paint store and look at the hundreds, no – thousands of tiny color swatches and find those chosen few colors.  Then all you have to do is hand over the colors to the painter and you are on your way being featured in a perfect color blog; your living room will look just like this photo, it is that easy – right?  WRONG.

 

SW dovetail prple

Similar to Benjamin Moore – Secret 1469

 

Color should be chosen in context – not by popularity online or your favorite color.  Will that popular color work in your home?  Possibly.  Is it the BEST color for your home? Probably not. That gray paint goes great with the black chairs and minimal color elements.  Introduce some greens, that paint could show more of a purple color, like the photo above. (which if that is what you’re going for, great…but usually not for a living room).  I would guess that there is a color that will work with your tile, furniture, granite – etc. better.  I am not saying to stay away from Pinterest or design blogs – they are great (really, I don’t know if I could survive without all that inspiration!)  But make sure the color works in your home, lighting and surroundings before painting it on your walls.  Look with in the family of that popular color and find one that works best with your home. Context is key.  Look how nicely this paint color works with the tile below.

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Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter – Credit Remodoholic.com

 

So, the question is HOW do I find the right color?

  • Work with the fixed elements in your home. That granite you had to have or the couch you love, the color of your walls should complement these elements.  Find your inspiration piece or bossy fixed element you need to work with.
  • Tone down a color you want to hide. Choosing a color to blend out that strong yellow or orange in your tile is important.  A contrasting color will bring this out, instead you need to find a color that blends or hides that strong color a neutral or another color in the granite you want to pull out.
  • Hire a professional. Companies like Walls by Design or Your Color Consultant will bring the color to you, so you don’t have to look at hundreds or popular color online then seek them out in the paint store only to find out that something is off.  A professional also knows how to work with your fixed elements and even use large color samples to help you to envision what the color will look like in your space.   A color professional can create the mood and feeling you want to have when you enter a space.

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Barn room credit – For the love of a home – Color similar to Sea Haze from Benjamin Moore 2137-50

 

The right color is important; and once you have the right color, it can do the following:

  • Improve the function of a room through. Do you want to have a sense of trust and security in your business?  Create a problem solving environment?  Provide a creative space?  All this is possible with the right color choice.
  • Improve outlook – Color influences emotion and even memory. The right color brings the positive mood into your home or work space.
  • Bring value to your home – Yes, you can actually devalue your home by choosing the wrong paint colors, a common mistake many homeowners make. A professional knows how to bring out the hidden value through color.

Certified Architectural Color Consultant Kelly Paulson is a color consultant with Your Color Consultant. She works regularly with Walls by Design and will be providing her color insight quarterly. You can find more information about her at www.yourcolorconsultant.com

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Oh my goodness, how did it become 2016 already? Well, lots has changed in the last year, but a lot has stayed the same too. We are still painting a ton of interiors! I still live in Highlands Ranch. BUT, we are no longer painting with earth tones, browns, or faux finishes…but I guess we stopped most of that for a while now. Fifty shades of graysh, Simply White, and Black are the new hot colors. Instead of glazing and faux finishing, we are painting lots and lots of cabinets. Yes, we can totally transform your outdated yellow oak or maple cabinets into something beautiful in about a week. But more on that in a minute.

Our team looks a lot different too. 2015 was a great year for us. We lost our project manager Ryan, which made for a lot more work for me, but it helped me tweak a few things, and get more in touch with our team. As a result of the growth we saw in 2015, we have added Kandace Rogers in our office to assist with marketing and inbound calls. Joan (or mom as many of you know), has needed some help for some time, and is excited to share our customers. In the field we have added a few new faces, and are in the process of moving Casey Rebert, one of our lead painters, into a sales and project management role. I, for one, am very excited about that, as our call volume has gone through the roof with the discovery of Facebook. Casey is very excited for the challenge, and will be taking over all sales and projects North of Hampden as of February. This will allow me more time to focus on our team, marketing and taking care of customers. The drive from Castle Rock to Broomfield is not a fun trip in our Denver Traffic.

I mentioned painting cabinets earlier, and that has been a big portion of our business over the last 6 months. The short story is that I was had an inkling in November of 2014 that painting cabinets might be a thing, but I was not happy with the process we had used up to that point. I did some research, asked other painters, and decided to buy a trailer and create a mobile spray booth. We did our first project with it in December 2014, and it was a huge success. We have continued to tweak the system, investigated what was going to be the BEST product to use, and we have nailed it! We now have FOUR trailers, and I will be shopping soon for the next one. So, if you are interested in upgrading your kitchen, there has never been a better time.

One of the other things we have decided to do this year was to start to say no to more things. We do not paint exteriors, we are not hanging wallpaper, we don’t do faux, and we will not do any staining. BUT if you need any interior painting done, we are still the BEST at that.

Moving forward, we will be adding to our blog on a regular basis (thank you Kandace!) so stay tuned for a lot of great content. We will be asking designers and other industry partners to give us their best design tips, home remodeling ideas, and other insider content to keep your home up to date and maintained. As always, we want to help you in any way we can, and if you need something done around the house but don’t know where to turn…please give us a call. If we have a resource, we will pass it on to you. Thanks for your support over the past 16+ years.