A “post inspiration” look at picking the right colour.
So much has been written about the inspiration part of choosing colour.
Articles, television shows, magazines, they all do plenty to inspire.
Add to that, colour forecasting and all trends, decor magazines, the “colour of the year” campaigns and you have almost unlimited sources of ideas.
Inspiration accomplished. Now what?
It is time now to get to work and put all these ideas into action. Take that piece of fabric, the magazine, or even hold on to that mental image of what your wall should look like and…step away from the monitor!
The colour on your monitor will not look the same when you leave the paint store and it will definitely not look the same on your walls. This is even the case for colour visualizer type software from paint manufacturers. To be fair, they all have a disclaimer such as: “colours on monitor and printed colours differ from actual paint colours”. In fact, that disclaimer line should read: “the colour you are looking at is not even close to the one you are going to buy”
Visit a Paint Store
There are two distinct choices here, the Big Box retailer and The Paint Store.
As a painting contractor with many years of experience, we had an opportunity to use both and our number one choice is always the paint store. The level of service and the knowledge you get in a paint store is superior to the one you get from Big Box stores. If the scope of the job is bigger than you can handle, they are also a good source of reputable painting contractors.
Look at the thousands of swatch colours displayed there!
With all these colours literally at your finger tips, finding that special colour you have in mind should be a breeze, right? Not exactly, but you are on the right path. Find some swatches that are close, even ask the store for some help in doing that. You will find that the moment the swatches leave their well lit space, they don’t look the same any more.
Keep looking and narrow your choice to 5-10 swatches that look close to the colours you have in mind.
Take the colours home
Ask the paint store if you can take these samples home with you. In fact you may want to borrow or buy a complete colour fan deck, that includes these colours. If you are able to narrow your choice at this point, ask the store if they have larger samples of these colours in some other collection. Take the colour samples to the area or room you want to paint and see what they look like during different times of the day and under different lighting situations. Hold them against drapes, bed coverings, the floor, artwork and narrow your choice to 3-4 colours.
Quite often this is where the search ends. It is sometimes, but not always a good idea, to ask the opinion of a family member or friend (assuming you like their sense of style).
The fun of picking colour does not have to end here. Next time we will cover the idea and techniques of painting colour “test patches” on the walls.
For more help in choosing colour and paints, call Ecopainting at (416)733-7767
or request an online consultation.