With my 17 plus years of designing homes for clients, I can honestly say, paint color selection is one of the biggest areas in the design process that can bring a client to a state of complete panic.
I have seen everything from tears to family arguments all over paint colors. It is at this point that finally a homeowner will call in a pro. Why is this an area that is so difficult for people. I have the answer to this…. it is because like many of the steps in the design process, people over simplify the process.”How hard can it be? We are intelligent people, we should be able to choose the perfect paint color.” Homeowners really don’t know, what they do not know about color selection, and this element make make or break an entire design.
First: color is a very emotional subject and certain colors trigger different responses for each individual what is right for some, may not be right for others.
Second: color is a strong tool and will do things to help or hurt the proportion and feeling of the particular space. You should know what a tool does before you use it.
Third: color reacts differently depending on where it is placed, this means if you see a color on your friends wall, most likely it will not look the same on your wall. Adding to the varying factors that will effect the color are type of interior lighting source, bulbs, natural lighting, shadowing, and other fabrics and elements in the room.
Choosing a paint color is one area that having experience always produces the best results. Knowing how to consider and weigh out the numerous factors and distinguish the varying undertones of a color can only come from years and years of professional experience.
In choosing my wall color for the Coastal Haven Show House my goal was to seamlessly blend a multitude of blues to complement the various fabrics being used in the space and to open up the room to that beautiful view. Not an easy task, but I am very pleased with my color selection, the perfect blue wall for my room will make everything come together.