Let’s Talk Color!

Lots of people get confused when it comes to choosing colors for their home. It’s no wonder – there is so much to choose from!

Let’s say the dominant color throughout your home is an earth tone and you want to choose an accent color for a certain room or wall. The process is much easier if you have a fabric chosen in advance. You may then choose either a prominent color in it that is your favorite, or use a secondary color found in the pattern. Keep in mind that the brighter the color is, the more easily you will tire of it. It is good to keep in mind that it may be a color that you might want to use in another area of your home. For example, the color you choose for an accent wall in the family room might just be the perfect color for the walls in the powder room, thus keeping a flow going.

It may be the artist in me, but I consider white and black colors as well. Using black as an accent color in a room can add alot of drama to the space.

If you want to learn more, say – what colors are compliments of each other, you might want to invest in a color wheel. Some paint stores carry them, most art supply stores do. Or you might just want to ask a professional such as myself, to guide you through the process.

Many times I have created custom colors for a client. Mixing the color to be just the right one for their particular home. Lighting plays such a big role. For instance, in my home I wanted a warm color for the main walls and ceilings. I brought home several samples of colors from paint stores and none of them were “just right”. So what did I do? I created a series of colors from light to dark that I could use so that the color would flow properly throughout. I call it the Dog Series.

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The colors from dark to light are:

Maltese Mocha

Terrier Tan

Boxer Beige

Corgi Cream, and

Poodle Puff

(My friends at the paint store were very patient. lol)

And here is how they look on walls and ceilings:

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After all that I will tell you that paint stores are making it much easier for consumers these days. You can go into almost any paint store and find pamphlets that show colors that work well together. They also carry the current trends in color selections.

I hope this helps if you are thinking of painting, or if you have questions please leave a comment.

Have a good day!


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