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From Start To Furnish

Please enjoy my musings on all things interior design!

Don't Start With Paint Color


Most people think that paint color is an easy, safe, and cheap way to get their design project started. I say STOP what you're doing, put down the paintbrush and read this first! 

I recently spoke with someone who is doing some remodeling after some damage occurred in his home. I asked him if he needed any help. He said he didn't need me yet. He had just had all the painting done. What! How did he choose the paint color first - without ever considering anything else!? I know it sounds easy - what could go wrong, right? The truth is, though, that choosing paint color without any other consideration makes the project more difficult, it's the backward way to do things, and to be perfectly honest - it's just plain boring.

Why is it going to make the project harder.?
If you select a random paint color, you are going to be struggling with making everything work with that color. Just because you heard Shadow is Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year, from my last blog doesn't mean you run out and buy it and start painting. You have to think about the other items that will go in the room to make that room truly spectacular. 

Why is this the backward way to do it?
Your color scheme should be inspired by an object that you love. That may be a piece of art. It may be a piece of fabric.  It may be your Grandmother's china. Whatever it is, you are going to showcase that item more dramatically if you give it the attention first. Otherwise, you'll be forcing your cherished items into a scheme that's not right for them (and it'll show)!

Why is this so boring?
Sherwin-Williams says taupe is coming back. They like their Poised Taupe for their choice of color of the year. So you say, well taupe is safe, I'll just paint everything taupe. Unless you're going for a monochromatic space, say all white, starting with a color just because "someone else says it's good" is boring! And you also have to think of more than the color. What finish do you want the paint; more shiny or matte? Maybe you'll find your space needs more texture.  You may decide to do a wallcovering instead of just paint.

I know, I know, when you realize all that goes into creating a perfect, personalized space, it can seem overwhelming. There are many aspects to consider, and making the wrong choices can lead to future heartache when it doesn't turn out the way you'd hoped. I understand why you might want just to pick a color, but I hope now you know why that's putting the designer cart before the horse.

If pulling together all the parts and pieces seems daunting, never fear, I'm here. Purchase your Design Work Session, and we'll get you started on the road to the home of your dreams in no time.