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.
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.
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.
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