Reason I Choose Paint Last
I know, I know! You just bought your home or moved into an apartment. You want to put your stamp on it. So what happens next? Paint?? Why do I choose paint last?
Most people head down to the paint store and pick a paint chip that speaks to you. Maybe you grab a couple sample pots of paint some squares on the wall.
Maybe you even see a picture in a magazine and take it down to Home Depot to get it matched and get to painting.
Paint is up and then you move your existing furniture in and it’s all wrong.
Paint has undertones so that a blue isn’t just a blue. Overtones change the way paint looks in certain lights. In the store it may appear as a soft blue but when you get it home it may appear gray, green or even purple in your lighting. As the light of the day tracks across you room the color can change even more.
Paint can sometimes be the bold feature in the room while other times it’s meant to provide a background for bold elements in the room such as art, furniture or accessories. Either way it’s used in the room it need to work with all the elements in the room. If you are starting with a blank slate you don’t know the color undertones in the elements so it’s difficult to know what undertones to pick with the paint.
I use paint as a unifier in my space.
First I decide what the elements I’m going to include in the room even if I’m not ready to purchase them all yet. That way I can decide what color paint would go well with it all.
Secondly I choose a couple of colors that would work well. Because having options is always good.
Third I head to my local paint store to grab samples of the paints I’ve chosen. Some companies will provide you with a large sample board that you can purchase but you can make these yourself.
Purchase some large white foam core sheets, cut them in half and paint one with each color. Let them dry and tack them to the wall. I then like to pin the elements on the wall next to them. Fabric swatches, Rug samples and other such objects.
As the day goes by I look at the paint with my room elements and see how the paint works with the different light as the day goes by.
Paint is the largest surface in your home and choosing poorly can totally change the look and feel of the space. For me choosing it last ensures that it matches, blends or highlights all of the elements chosen for the room.
Check out how I picked paint colors to complement the other elements in these kitchen/dining combos