It’s Spring! Yay! Time to throw open the windows and let the light in! Throw back those drapes and…GAH!!
This is me last week. My house looked like winter took it and punched it in the nose. Repeatedly. Closed up from the Chicago snow and wind for months, dust, dirt, and grime accumulated in its darkened corners with a free, all stages pass. Stuff I don’t even have a name for was floating by me in the full sunlight. It was like Raiders of the Lost Ark up in here.
So having OCD (a very handy trait in the design business actually) I cleaned top to bottom, and then stood back to admire. Then announced it was time to move. Just kidding. Just announced it was time to paint the walls a different color. But really - same effect. But it’s been seven years since I’ve painted my walls. That’s an eternity in decorating.
Funny thing is that many of my clients must have been through the same winter a** whupping because they all seemed to call me last week for color consults. So after meeting with a few I decided to do my top fives for selecting a color. So here there are:
5. Always separate the existing wall color from the color sample. If you tape or paint your new color option over the existing color, it will not read right. Separate your colors with white, either by taping the paper sample up to white printer paper, or prime a square and paint the sample within that.
4. Always take a sample home. The light in the paint store is 99% of the time not the same light as your lovely home.
3. Always paint an actual sample. Those 1″ x 1″ paper samples are ink…not paint. And not on plaster or dry wall. They are ink on paper, so very different than paint on your walls.
2. Always hold the paper sample upright, like it’s on your walls. Light hits walls very differently than light on the floor. Hold those samples upright so it’s a better representation of how light hits the color.
1. Consider how and when you use the space. If you are someone that works throughout the day and mainly uses the space at night, select the color after you’ve seen it with artificial light (lamps and cans on at night). If you work from home, then choose a color that works best during the natural daylight hours – the hours you most use the room.
And if you are local and stuck, just call me.