Once we've picked a "connecting color" we'll then move around room by room keeping a finger on that first color. For each room we'll work general to specific first looking at a few different options for the room. We'll hold up the color sample in different lights and then start to narrow down the options until we find the perfect color. I like to start with a smaller fan deck that's not so overwhelming. But if we find that the limited choices are close but not quite there, then, I'll pull out the "big mama" and we can really hone in on the right color. We'll compare each color we pick to the other colors and make sure that they all work well together and with the connecting color. We'll often look at the color from the viewing point of other rooms so that we know it'll look good both while you're in the room and when you're walking into it. You might even feel excited to enter each room because you love the color so much!
The 60/30/10 Rule
You may hear me mention the 60/30/10 Rule at our appointment. This is an idea that helps you plan the colors of the entire room. 60% of the room should be one color. This is usually the color of the walls. Then 30% is a supporting color. This can be found in furniture items, floor coverings and other medium sized items. Then the last 10% is the "pop". You can use throw pillows, candles and other small items as an accent color to give your room life. This is just a helpful tool, but some rules are just meant to be broken!
Here are a couple of terms that we'll use to describe color:
- Hue - a color or a shade of color
- Saturation - the degree of difference from gray (low saturation) to bold (high saturation) having the same lightness
- Muted/Bold - low saturation vs. high saturation
- Light/Dark - as related to hue or shades of color
- Warm/Cool - warm colors are in the red/orange/yellow family, while cools are in the green/blue/purple family. Neutrals can also be tinted warm or cool depending on how much of either family is showing through.
- Neutral - Neutral colors are usually earth tones like Off-whites, Grays and Beige.
- Tint - refers to the pigment used to create different hues in paint.
We may also use words like "Monochromatic", "Analogous" or "Complementary Colors". These terms refer to the relationship between colors on the color wheel. Monochromatic are colors all in the same family but with different degrees of lightness and saturation. Analogous colors are shades of color next to each other on the color wheel. Complimentary Colors are colors on opposite ends of the color wheel. Using color combinations that fit within these relationships can help us simplify the process to coming up with a color scheme, but its ok to think outside the box.
After the Consultation Appointment
After we're done with the color consultation we'll send you a samples of your colors in the mail on larger sheets. That way you can hold them up and see what they look like at different times of the day. Then when we receive your payment for materials we'll have the paint delivered to your doorstep! After that, our talented crew of painters will start to work their magic!