Nothing in this world in 100% certain, well yea I know – death and taxes but you can also add color to that list as well.
After I meet with my clients I always provide a color portfolio for them. It’s nothing fancy but it’s probably the most crucial part of my color consults. It’s a colorful pocket folder with all the necessary paperwork and color information, photographs for color placement AND color swatches to hang on the wall. By the way, the color samples are also great to bring with you when you shop for decor, it ensures that you’ll be staying in the right color palette. We somehow remember colors differently from what we actually have. This little packet is a tremendous help – if you use it.
I recently received an email from a client saying that she changed several of the colors that I chose for her AS THE PAINTER WAS PAINTING! Hello?? That’s was little too close for comfort. Changing your colors when the painter is in your home is not the time to decide that you don’t like your color. Also, keep in mind that a painter is a painter and has a handful of go-to-colors that they use over and over again. Will they be right for your home? Will they just be too generic? Oh that gets me nervous.
I provide large paint samples – 8×10 if you’re using Sherwin Williams and 5×9 if you went with Benjamin Moore colors. Are they huge? Well they are much larger than just looking at the 1×1 color chip that is in the paint deck. Also, as I suggest ALWAYS SAMPLE OUT YOUR COLOR BEFOR YOU COMMIT TO PAINTING. When your painter is in your living room with brush in hand it’s not the time to say “umm, mind stopping? I don’t think that color works for me.”
It’s always better to be late than never of course but talk about last minute! The larger color samples are really a great help when deciding on your final colors for the home. You tape the color sheet to that wall and look at it for a few days in all kinds of lighting, day and night. At that point, you should have a really good idea if you like the color or not.
Still not sure? Go to the store and purchase a quart (not a fan of those small paint samples, they are just not big enough) and paint out a section on your wall. Make sure you use two full coats and then see how you like the color.
I love how 99% of my clients trust my color choices 100% and usually don’t get to the sampling out stage but it’s always recommend that you do that just to be 110% sure.
Trust in the professionals that you hire and it’s ok to change your mind about a color if your gut is telling you that – just run it by me just so I’m 110% happy with the color change too 🙂