Of all the questions I get asked about decorating, PAINT SELECTION is in the top 5. It can be a very stressful process. When I walk into a consultation, I often see about 25 paint swatches painted on the wall. Some design rules I love to break, but then there is color. While we are so abundant in options of color palettes and fabric selections, there is some room to allow for color interpretation. There is still a chance to take a wrong turn on the color wheel especially when choosing colors like grey, red, green, or blue or even pink undertones. It must be a thoughtful process.
Color is one of the last things we pick at Designer Blvd. It works out much better for the homeowner when this decision has been saved for last. You need to pick your fabrics, rugs, and other elements in the room first. You must think of paint being the back drop for the richly planned stage. If you pick the paint first, you can really pin yourself in a corner trying to plan around the paint instead of picking the things you love or are drawn to.
To help you with paint selection, here are some ideas that will help you decide what is right for your space.
1. Plan your room… then pick your paint to support the elements you have going on in your room.
You can take your colors cues from your fabrics or a chair pattern.
2.What is your focal point? Is it the paint or the room? If it is the paint like a bright cobalt blue that is trendy right now, it can look just as perfect in a bright lamp or vase instead of an entire wall. If the walls are going to scream a bright yellow, you want to wrap the rest of your furnishings in neutral tones or even white. If the walls are the focal, everything else in the room needs to support it rather than fight it.
3. Consider your home as whole. All parts and rooms need to have some relation for proper flow. I always tell my clients, you need to think of the room in your home as relatives and you should be able to tell who your relatives are in each room. There needs to be some relation in each room. However, if you aren’t careful, paint color can stop that flow.
4. What is the space intended for? I hear clients say, “I love red…. so I am going to do my bedroom in red!” They later find they wanted the space to be relaxing and serene. The feeling of ‘relaxing and serene’ and the color red do not exactly compliment each other. Choose what the space is intended for – then your color. Wall color can completely change the mood and feeling in a room. Make sure the feeling you are aiming for and the color you are leaning towards compliment each other and are working towards the same goal.
With these in mind, choose your paint last for a more expensive backdrop and making your items relate.