Have you ever looked at a beautiful room in a design magazine and immediately wanted that color? Or, your friend painted their master bedroom and you just had to have that color in your home? We’ve all done it, but as you can see above color can be quite deceiving. Yes, each of these rooms is painted the same color! Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. What looks one way in your friends space can look totally different in your house.
- There are several very important reasons for this;
- Different lighting conditions
- Different floors, surfaces and furniture
- Different trim colors
- Different geographical orientation
- The actual composition of the tint formula
- Lighting changes everything! Perhaps one of the biggest influences of color in a room. Incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, and even candlelight will all impact the final color. Natural light in the daytime and absence of natural color at night should also be considered. Color should always be tested in the light of the actual room.
- Did you know your floors and other surfaces reflect color onto your walls? A beautiful creamy white wall in a room with blue slate will look cold and sterile. Be mindful of these color combinations!
- The color of your trim will also affect your final color. A trim that is lighter than your wall will give the illusion that the wall is darker than it really is. The opposite is also true. A darker trim color will make your wall color appear lighter than it actually is.
- The geographical orientation of your space will always influence the appearance of color. If you have rooms with shaded light or north facing windows, your room will appear to take on a blue, cool tone. Southern exposure will give you the truest color and east and west facing windows will make the room appear warmer.
- Last but not least. The actual tint in a formula can be very powerful. For example a beautiful chocolate brown color may have a microscopic drop of magenta in it to cool it down. If this color is applied to a room with a north facing window it will immediately appear to be purple!
So what do you do to get your perfect color the first time?
- Test Test Test! Buy small samples and roll out 2 coats of paint on a poster board. Pin it up and notice how it changes throughout the day. Hint: Never pint it up in the middle of the wall. Always pin it up at the corner of the doorway and base molding. Try to eliminate the distraction of the existing color. DO NOT put white paper behind your sample, it will alter the appearance of the color by making it look darker than it really is!
- Never buy paint because you fell in love with it in a picture or on TV.
- Do not test color side by side! Always test each sample individually.
- If you want to eliminate all of the guessing and testing, call a color consultant. A well trained consultant can immediately assess your lighting conditions, color preferences and personal style to give you your perfect color the first time around. Even better, it only takes them about 90 minutes to come up with your perfect palette. a good consultant is worth their weight in gold.
Yes, sometimes it’s confusing and certainly anxiety producing but if you know some of the tips pros use to get the perfect color you too will have the perfect color palette.
Still have questions? We offer you full support through our Color Coach program. No stress conversation about your project. We will discuss your color choices or offer some alternatives. Every detail will be assessed and you will be provided with a complete report of everything we talked about plus our recommendations. Give it a try!