COLOR CONSULTATIONS! Help Selecting Interior or Exterior Paint Colors

 paint swatches

Selecting the right paint color is a daunting task for most.  Here are two ways to get the job done.

Option 1: 

  1. Do it yourself.
  2. Try to narrow done your basic color desire down to one or two basic colors (blue, green, red, yellow).
  3. Go to one or all of your local paint stores and gather up samples. This can be the hard part, because the lighting in the paint store is different than in your home.  When you select a color that you like at the store, chances are it will look different at home.  So, get A LOT of samples.
  4. During daylight, look at the paint swatches in on each wall of the room.  Depending on lighting, it can look different on each wall.  If you’d like, you can look at them again at night.
  5. Hopefully, a couple of the colors will  look good to you. If yes, I would suggest you go back to the paint store(s) and get a few more swatches of the same color, if possible – order large swatches, or get a sample of the paint to test.  If you decide to get a sample of the paint, you have three choices.  1.  Paint it right on the wall (be sure to do a swatch on each wall – lighting again), 2.  Get a piece of poster sized wall board from your local box store and paint it – then you can move it around the room with out having to paint swatches all over your walls, 3. Most box stores now carry designer sample boards, they are about the size of a piece of paper.  Get 4 and paint all of them and place on each wall. Do this for all colors you are considering.
  6. Hopefully, you’ll love one of the colors.  If so start painting!
  7. If not, go back to step 2 and do it all over again … and again … (if necessary) until you find the perfect color for you.

Option 2:

1.  Hire a professional and get a Color Consultation.  Someone like myself will come to your home and bring all the swatches to you.  I typically carry ALL the swatches for 2-3 different brands of paint.  Depending on how many rooms and how many colors you select, it can take as little as 1 hour, most take 2-3 hours … and you’re ready to start painting immediately!

If you’re located in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact me for more information about getting a color consultation.  If you’re elsewhere, contact me anyway – I can probably refer you to someone.

Jill Denton ~ Changing Spaces


One response to “COLOR CONSULTATIONS! Help Selecting Interior or Exterior Paint Colors

  1. Thanks for the tips, I always wondered why I’m always off on my color choices and why it looks perfect at the paint supplier shop but totally off when painting the walls; “the lighting in the paint store is different than in your home”
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