God, what a headache!! I spend more time analyzing paint chips than I do actually painting (which did I mention-- I hate).
Now this is preference, but I really, really love Benjamin Moore Aura paint. They only typically need one coat of paint which is awesome because that's less painting. Yay! Because I hate painting. :)
Did I get my point across?
My biggest problem is that I never know which paint colors to choose! And that's when I met my favorite interior designer!
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CELESTE'S COLOR TIP #1:
Pick your colors based on your favorite decorative accessory in your home: a pillow, curtains, bedding, or artwork.
If you don't have one, then she said it's important to find it before you start painting. She said if you find something you love and it doesn't match your color scheme, then you're back to square one or you're repainting your room.
I decided on my three main colors based on my favorite pillow, the Josephine Lumbar Pillow. Isn't it pretty? I loved the burnt red, hints of green and the dreamy blue mixed together.
To keep a good flow pick only a handful of colors, three maximum, and repeat them throughout the house in different degrees. Neutrals (whites, grays, tans, blacks) can be without taking one of your three color picks. You can even use the same paint in different rooms to bring cohesion to your house.
The easiest way is to pick a color next to your primary color or directly across from it. Let's look at GREEN:
When choosing a color, always consider the things you cannot remove (cabinets, countertops, tile) or are too expensive to change (bed headboard, sofa, dining room table).
She focused mainly on my granite when deciding on a color for the great room. We looked at the granite next to color swatches and put them in a pile if the combination made us happy. It seemed like everything I liked was in the taupe gray family so, obviously, that was the way to go.
|Ben Moore Cumuls Cloud and Kentucky Haze|
In full sun it looks gray, in a darker room it looks more taupe, and in certain lights it looks like it has a hint of green. You can see a little bit of difference in the wall color in this picture on the left and the picture (above) of the Josephine lumbar pillow-- the walls look darker and more gray in the other picture, but they are the same color.
Celeste recommended that I paint the entire great room "Cumulus Cloud" to make it look bigger. She said that painting each room a different color will actually make the room look smaller and if I want to add color, then use a different color on accent walls or niches or add colorful accessories.
CELESTE'S COLOR TIP #3:
If you want to paint an accent wall, a niche or a door something differently than your trim, a good "safe" rule is that you go up or down on the color swatch at least 2 colors from your main color.
I decided to do just that on an accent wall in the living room: River Reflections (two shades darker than Cumulus Cloud).
CELESTE'S COLOR TIP #4:
All colors have an undertone. If you can find colors with a similar undertone, they will work beautifully together.
I picked colors with a gray undertone to tie everything together. Again, using my Josephine Pillow as inspiration, I picked my bedroom color: Kentucky Haze (Ben Moore). It's the color that's in the doorway in the picture (above). You can see that it complements the tone of "Cumulus Cloud".
|Kentucky Haze, Benjamin Moore|
|Spiced Apple Cider Ben Moore|
|Shaker Beige Ben Moore|
I had a lot of trouble deciding on trim-- do I use white or more of an antique white? I decided to put all my painting choices on this canvas with my two favorite trims to see which I liked more. The choice is obvious, don't you think? The main colors all have a gray undertone, but the Chantilly Lace has a yellow undertone so they clashed with the gray base. The super white is... well, white. I thought that having a gray based trim would make things look too gray. I'm glad I went with Super White by Benjamin Moore.
|Left to Right (top): River Reflections, Shaker Beige, Going to the Chapel, Cumulus Cloud, Kentucky Haze|
Trim (middle): Super White (top) and Chantilly Lace (bottom)
(bottom): Spiced Apple Cider was the change from the top row
CELESTE COLOR TIP #5
ALWAYS use samples. Always paint a swatch on the room on different walls and in different lighting because colors will always look differently in different areas of your house.
Lighting plays a huge role in how your colors look-- a bedroom with a eastern exposure will have more soft light while one with a western exposure will have more bright light. Southern exposures will have the most constant light while northern exposures will have the least amount of light of all. And that's why you need samples! You can't be assured that a color will look the same in every room.
I did read that using white on walls is best reserved for southern exposures because when not in full sun they will look dirty and more gray.
I hope that some of what I shared will help you decide on your own color choices.