The Art of Choosing Colors for Your Home

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Some people have a knack for color – be it for clothing, decorating, even makeup. But for the majority of people who need help choosing paint colors for their home, leveraging the expertise of a color consultant is the way to go. There are several advantages of using a color consultant verses choosing colors on your own:

  • A color consultant can help you narrow the many options. (Some fan decks have over 100 different hues.)
  • They know the latest trends and can provide tips for choosing the right color palette for you.
  • They can help you avoid costly mistakes.

While SuperiorPRO Painting & Exteriors, located in the Atlanta area, offers a free color consultation with a complete interior or exterior paint job, there are those homeowners who want to choose the color themselves or simply have just a few rooms to paint. The following are things to keep in mind when choosing your interior colors:

  • Fabrics
  • Flooring
  • Flow

For exterior colors, keep in mind these items:

  • Unchanging elements, such as roof color, brick color, mortar color
  • The look and feel of the subdivision
  • Architectural details

Some people are torn between going lighter and going darker. Lighter colors can brighten a room, but can also look washed out against deeper colors. It is true, as you may have heard, darker colors can make the walls of a room feel closed in, but can also give it a comfy, cozy feel.
Many homeowners preparing to sell want to paint with colors that help with the sale of the house. Neutrals – anything that is non-offensive to MOST buyers – is really the way to go. Whether selling or not, if you are choosing to go with neutrals using the right undertones together is CRUCIAL. Does the undertone of the granite counters work well with the backsplash, flooring, paint color, etc? It MUST.
Can one have too many colors on or in a house? It is best to use varying degrees of light verses dark colors from 2-3 color palettes with the same saturation. A high sheen on the interior can create drama – especially when used with deeper colors.
One thing that many homeowners do not realize is how tricky the color white can be. There are fan decks with over 100 different hues of white. They are divided into warm tones and cool.  Warm whites work best with warm colors and cool tones work best with cool palettes.
A tip you should use whether choosing colors with an expert or on your own, is to test color options on a white poster board. This is handy in that you can check the colors from wall to wall in varying lights. The most important thing to remember is to leave a border of white on the poster board. This will allow you to get a true read on the color.
You should never paint sample colors on your wall. Many do not realize that this creates a permanent film build that will never look completely smooth again when the finish coat is applied. Sanding the wall might help, but again, it will never be as it once was. Further, certain sheens will amplify the imperfections on the wall. So, be sure to talk to a paint expert about what will best hide the issues.
What’s hot right now? We are in the middle of the gray trend. Warm beiges and browns are out.  Look for varying shades of gray in various undertones of brown, green and gray such as Sherwin Williams’ Tony Taupe (SW 7038) and Virtual Taupe (SW 7039), Intellectual Gray (SW 7045) and Anonymous (SW 7046), and Gray Matters (SW 7066) with Cityscape (SW 7067). Also visit http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/?q=Gray.
Created in 1998, SuperiorPRO Painting & Exteriors is located in Marietta, Georgia. Specializing in interior and exterior painting, James Hardie siding, Simonton windows, as well as hard coat and synthetic stucco repairs, SuperiorPRO serves both residential and commercial clients. http://www.oldsuperiorpro.itliquid.com/