Painting, colour and home decorating

Choosing Colour

Look at colour samples in the room or space it is intended for. Colour is light dependent, influenced by many factors and very subjective.

I match colours from most manufacturer’s colour systems to the paint system I use. So no problem, go colour hunting.

One way of avoiding colour mishaps is to choose a colour from a Sherwin Williams colour brochure. Designers have picked these colours and used them extensively. They look great!

Pick what you like

Are you choosing a colour purely for visual effect or are you trying to create a certain feel? What colour does the space feel like to you?

Avoid choosing colours in an attempt to compensate. Pick the colour you like. Avoid picking a related shade (hue) because you think the colour is too dark, too light or too whatever.

You might like a colour but there is something not right about it in the space. Try changing the lighting and/or accessories in the space. Does the room need brighter or softer bulbs? Would a floor lamp or table lamp help? What options are available to give you what you’re really after. Decorating is a matter of numerous factors including the colour and sheen of paint.

Use an eggshell sheen for walls and either semi-gloss or pearl for trim. Pearl is not as shiny as semi-gloss but shinier than eggshell providing sufficient contrast.

Design ideas

Take your vent covers from drab to fab from the Lighter Side of Real Estate.

Baseboards look classier without 1/4″ round. You can replace the 1/4″ round with a square or rectangular piece of wood and paint it to match the rest of the baseboard.

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