Are you choosing wall paint colors for your home and using up valuable time? Do you need some paint color ideas? Call me for color help. We can consult remotely or in person. I’m spending this Fall/Winter season in the Coachella Valley Palm Springs, California, area and am available to work with you on your home, inside and out. Here are a few paint color tips that apply to most any residential or commercial architecture.
Wall Paint Color Ideas to Get You Going:
- No remodel mishmash: Choose all of the colors for the building at once. A master color plan will save you time and money in the long run. Trying to link one “done” room to another and another as you fix up the house can result in an awkward lack of flow.
- Shine control is crucial: Be sure to specify paint sheens for wall color and trim color that are consistent with both the use of the room and your interior design concepts. Many paint brands now offer a “washable” flat wall paint which can expand your paint sheen options.
- Be there: Choosing paint colors in person, in the building, is the best way to choose wall paint color. Remote color choosing works, but not as quickly or easily.
- Stick with a paint brand: Stay within the same brand of paint color as much as possible. Each paint brand uses consistent base tones to mix their colors. “Matching” a wall paint color from another paint brand can be iffy as the base tone choices the paint technician has are never a 100% match across brands.
- Choose your expensive permanent surfaces first. It’s much easier to match paint to a natural stone or wood finish than it is to match those surfaces to a paint color. The large paint companies such as Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore and Pittsburgh Paint have literally hundreds of colors each of green, blue, brown, white, etc. Take advantage of the luxury of color variety that paint offers.
Note: Call Cristina Acosta 541-389-5711 for paint color advice and interior design color solutions. Fees are by the project and/or by the hour. My fee is $150.00 hourly with a minimum $300.00 for the first visit. Projects requiring travel will include travel fees and a per diem.
Are you afraid of paint color? You might be. Or, maybe you just have a fear of making expensive interior decorating mistakes. Although paint is often touted as a cheap and easy interior design fix, in reality painting your home can be a big, expensive and messy project. With paint prices between $30 – $80 per gallon, plus the cost of application, color mistakes add up fast.
And now is where I usually say, “Which is why you need a color consultant.” But not everybody can afford or find the right color consultant.
So, what should you do if you are determined to create your own paint color plan? Here are some color choosing tips if you’re looking to freshen a room with color:
- Take time collecting samples of colors you love. Look outside of paint store swatches to the ordinary things in your life that you enjoy. The color of your morning latte may be your best soothing warm brown color.
- Assemble your samples of the colors you love with samples of the colors in your room that you have to live with, like that ugly tile or flooring you can’t afford to replace.
- Now, using a paint store fan deck, look for a way to bridge the colors you love with the colors you are stuck with. A “bridge” color is my way to describe a color that is a version of what you love, that will work with what you have.
- Give yourself time with your color choices before you ask for anyone else’s opinion.
- Life is short, live with the colors you love. (And that includes white!)
Are you ready to add some color to your home? Painting an accent wall is one way to add a bold color on a wall without committing to repainting the entire room. Choosing the accent wall colors is one part of the process, but choosing which wall should be the accent wall is just as important.
Neutral colors such as beige, taupe and tan can be the result of a surprising blend of colors. This quality is especially important for neutral wall paint colors as they are exposed to different levels and colors of light throughout the day and their base colors can become more or less prominent depending upon the light quality.
Calling natural gas the new "blue" doesn't turn it green no matter how many times anybody says it. And when the gas company insists that it does, their efforts to tint the green movement into a shade that they wash their product with takes green-washing to a new low.
Color communicates. Any color expert, designer or artist will agree with that statement. But ask those creative types what exactly a color is communicating and the answers you get may have surprisingly little in common. Here's why: Color is a language that continually evolves with the cultures that contribute the shades and tones of meaning each of us sees. And, each individual brings their personal biases and perceptions to the mix, further complicating things. Consequently, the meaning of a color is a moving target.
With color on my mind, this past weekend I cooked up a dinner party and menu with a color theme - the red, white and green of the Mexican flag. Inspired by the cookbook, Frida's Fiesta's - Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo by Marie-Pierre Colle and Guadalupe Rivera, I've been experimenting with the recipes and themes in the book. A very beautiful cookbook, the photos and stories are inspiring. The recipes. . . well, they remind me of my abuelita's (grandmother's) recipes, something very important is missing from most of them. The missing item is usually an ingredient, amount or technique that ranges between crucial to the success of the recipe to a minor taste problem. Maybe the recipe editor had more to do with this than Frida did, but nonetheless, reading her cookbook reminds me of my abuelita's passionate artistic temperament (she was a concert pianist and gifted chef). The recipes that my abuelita gave me were always more of a suggestion than a solution.
I've been thinking a lot about color and culture, and have been exploring that theme in my fine art for many years. The landscape around us effects how we perceive color. This week I painted this silk scarf directly from the inspiration of some recent travels.
One of the unexpected changes that can happen to the aging eye includes the color yellow. For some people the lens of the eye becomes increasingly dense and more yellow with age. With that change, contrast sensitivity declines and dark colors can be difficult to distinguish from each other.
The yellowing effect may not be affecting you personally, but if you are a retailer or manufacturer selling products, how your products are being perceived by the older customer with this condition affects your sales.
Creating a paint color scheme blending good color design with the architecture of your home is like putting together a 3-D puzzle. One part of that puzzle changes and everything changes. And change can be complicated. If you've ever felt overwhelmed by color, you're not alone. Putting together entire interior design color schemes can be a lot to think about. But, mixing colors around your home gets a little simpler if you think about those color combinations as a master color plan.