Selecting the Perfect Paint Color

Choosing the right paint color can be a daunting task for most people. Even designers sometimes have a difficult time deciding the best color to put on such large areas. The thought of "committing" to something as large as a wall space sends some on a mad dash to the paint store to pick out their fifteen favorite samples to splash all over the walls. I once heard someone say, "painting a wall is like having an affair...you don't have to commit". Now, this blog is not meant to get into marital discussions or talk about my thoughts on the subject, but that person was correct when it comes to paint colors. 

On the home tour last weekend, one of the questions that I received the most was "what color is on the wall in 'X' room". It made me stop and think that this color solution that comes so easily to some of us is really one of the first steps in helping others visualize how differently a room can look with just a coat of paint. Painting a room is a very inexpensive way to change the entire look of a space. Here are a few tips and some of my favorite shades.

1)  Samples. Always, ALWAYS, aLWaYs put a sample on the wall. Choose at least three samples. Select the one that you absolutely love, then select a shade darker and a shade lighter. Paint a 2x2 foot square so that you are able to see a large enough space. You may decide that you do not like a color if you paint a large enough swatch of it.

Velvet & Linen

Velvet & Linen

2) Lighting. Paint colors look completely different depending on the time of day and the light sources in the room. Once you have the sample on the wall, view it during the daylight hours and the evening hours (with the lights on). It's always a good idea to look at the color during the time of day that you plan to use the room most. For instance, a master bathroom is most often used in the early morning and in the evening. 

Shannon Joseph Interiors

Shannon Joseph Interiors

3) Trim and special effects. Don't forget about the trim color. There are great ways to accent trim work and ceilings. You can also increase or decrease the strength of the color to achieve the specific look that you'd like. 

Mrs. Howard

Mrs. Howard

4) Finish. Eggshell is the standard finish for most walls, but don't be afraid to use a high gloss in a study or other small space. Semi-gloss/high gloss trim work is also a great way to make the trim really stand out against the wall color.  

Spring is in the Air!

Spring is just around the corner, and I have to admit that I am NOT sad to see winter go. Although we don’t have the worst winter weather compared with other parts of the country, I love to spend time outside. And, it is cold enough in North Carolina that you’d rather stay indoors during the winter. So, as I sit here and daydream about the spring days ahead, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite outdoor living photos.

Outdoor spaces are becoming second living/family rooms to some people these days…myself included. I love to have our family dinner outside on nice evenings (before the mosquitos and humidity of summer strike). When we built our home, a covered porch was a key requirement. And, we have enjoyed many meals, football games and the like out there.

Indoor/outdoor fabrics have improved over the past several years, as well. Now, some indoor/outdoor fabrics are even being used inside, particularly in higher traffic areas (banquettes, barstools, etc.).

Making The Old New

I worked with a client recently that needed a few “fresh” changes to her new-to-her 1930s craftsman bungalow. So, we added some trim work in the dining room along with Thibaut’s Starbright wallpaper on the walls. Then, we used a few lively fabrics for the window seat, some pillows and window treatments. In the living room, we reupholstered two of her grandmother’s chairs in an updated fabric and selected a beautiful velvet for additional throw pillows.