Why you'll never choose colors without a consultant ever again!

Why you'll never choose colors without a consultant ever again!

I was talking to a fellow contractor friend of mine not too long ago and they told me, "man, our clients could have really used your services". He told me how the customer bought $800 worth of a single paint color and his team got the entire first coat of the project complete (around $2,000 in labor) when the client came in and burst into tears because she hated the color.

There is your reason. Need I say more?

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Much More Than a Sample: Paint Cards and Their Purpose

Much More Than a Sample: Paint Cards and Their Purpose

We often think of home decorating starting in a some airy interior design office. There's a mood board on the wall and books stacked neatly with a terrarium on top. Perhaps a display or two of personal artifacts acquired during world travels. An actual scene or not, one thing is for sure: a trip to the paint store is still a must. 

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What to Expect at Your Color Consultation

What to Expect at Your Color Consultation

We know what it's like to stand in front of the wall of endless color at the paint store and feel overwhelmed by all of the choices! There are few things more disappointing than spending time picking paint colors only to discover - after painting - that the color you chose isn't quite right. With our color consultations, we aim to take all the hassle out of choosing the perfect colors for your home.     

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Facing Your Painting Fears

Facing Your Painting Fears

Taking the painting plunge can be daunting, but we have ways to make the process painless. Take note of colors and patterns that are already in the room, and pick paint colors that go well with the decor. If the room is unfurnished, or you are changing the furnishings, pick out the new items before choosing your paint colors. Remember that it is much easier to pick a paint color that fits with the decor, rather than decorating to fit the paint. 

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Successfully painting white.

Successfully painting white.

White is the supernal neutral. It is clean, elegant, and versatile. By itself, it gives no impression. It doesn’t detract from the colors it accentuates and yet there are SO many options.  When selecting the proper white for your home the most important consideration is lighting. Lighting changes not only from room to room but from wall to wall. And as such, what is the best option for one room may not be the best for another room. That's why it's imperative to take your color sample into other rooms to make sure it has the same qualities you loved in the previous room. Or you may need to adjust the color a little to suit the lighting effects of each room.

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Color Recollection—visual memory

Color Recollection—visual memory

Early on in my fine arts education I read the book Interaction of Color by Josef Albers. This book shaped much of what I think about color and how I use it in my professional practice as an artist and craftsman. The main lesson that I learned was that use of color shouldn't be technically prescribed by a set of rules but rather through regular practice and trial and error one can develop an "eye for color". That subjectivity makes it an art practice.  I also learned as Albers puts it, "In order to use color effectively it is necessary to recognize that color deceives continually". (Albers, introduction)

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How to Pick Colors for Your Home

You've been there, I've been there, staring at that wall of color trying to figure out where to begin and all of these colors have simply left you in the dark...(get it? It's because their silhouettes in the stock picture are dark...).  In all seriousness, it's hard, you don't know if it's going to all flow together in real life the same way it flows in together in your mind (not to mention the spouse isn't helping at all).  Trust me, I've had that same argument with my wife and picking colors is what I do for a living.  That's why color consultations are so important when deciding to paint your home. 

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