Tip: don’t be shy with color

Bachelor kitchen before

My clients know by now that I’m not a big fan of white walls, but they’re often amazed by how saturated they can go with their color choices without feeling overpowered.

“But the room doesn’t get much light….” they say.  I say, “If you find it’s too dark, buy another lamp, and enjoy the cozy warmth from the walls.”

I also say, “Hey, paint’s inexpensive… experiment with living on the wild side for a few days and see how you like it.”

Caveat: colors in the photos on this website (or any website, for that matter) rarely do justice to how they look on the wall… or how they look at different times of day as the light changes.

Bachelor kitchen after

A frequent mistake people make when they go darker is choosing a color that wasn’t sufficiently grayed.  The other day I watched a woman in Home Depot order a couple gallons toothpasty aqua for her living room. I knew it would be an unpleasant surprise on the walls and suggested a slightly grayer version – but she was determined.

When I returned the next day, the paint guy confirmed my opinion – “I try to steer people away from making bad color choices, but some folks have to find out the hard way… and that gal just came back this morning to see if we could rescue her paint.”

Corollary tip. When you’re trying new colors, always buy a small quantity of the paint and paint swatches on at least two walls. Wait till it dries and look at it morning, afternoon and at night under your artificial light.

If you need help choosing paint colors and live in the Portland/Vancouver metro area, call me at 360-314-2467 to see if a Joyful Spaces consultation would help.

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